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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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City introduces permitting and licensing guide for Super Bowl XLVII activities

October 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans announced the launch of a Permit and Code Enforcement guide designed specifically for Super Bowl XLVII, which will be held in New Orleans on Sunday, February 3, 2013. This guide will make it easier for vendors, retailers and event organizers to obtain the proper permits and better understand the process.

“Our goal is quality customer service, and this guide is an effective and simple tool that will support the City's mission to make sure that all Super Bowl permit seekers are aware in advance of what is required of them,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This guide provides information regarding the clean zone, as well as dates that are important to this special permitting process.”

The guide is available on the City’s website and features a user-friendly design that will save time for permit seekers by improving access to information along all stages of the Super Bowl permitting process.

City ordinance requires that commercial business get the appropriate permits if they wish to operate during the Super Bowl. This guide outlines the permitting and licensing requirements and will provide an overview of the process, including fees and criteria.

A “clean zone” has been established for Super Bowl XLVII. A clean zone is a geographically defined area that allows businesses and property owners to apply for a limited duration license, enabling them to engage in activities that would normally be prohibited or would require numerous administrative approvals.

In addition to providing information regarding the temporary activities that may be permitted during the Super Bowl, this guide also provides relevant information regarding the location of the Clean Zone, a time line with important dates relevant to the process, the process by which a license application should be submitted, and important information regarding other items that a temporary business may require.

“This guide will provide those seeking permits with the proper guidance they need,” said Michelle L. Thomas, Deputy Mayor for Operations. “We really want to take the guess work out of getting a permit during the Super Bowl by creating a point of reference that helps to make us more responsive to permit seekers by enhancing access, increasing efficiency, and making the system easier to navigate.”

In coordination with Deputy Mayor Thomas, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team developed the guide as one of several initiatives to achieve improved coordination for local events, easier access to information and application materials, and a better overall customer service experience for permit and license applicants. 

The guide covers: occupational licenses, alcoholic beverage special event permits, temporary structures, parking, temporary vending, signage, and Fire code issues, among other things. 

Because of additional approval requirements based on clean zone regulations, as well as other factors, the City strongly encourages businesses to apply for permits well in advance of the guide’s posted deadlines. Permits will not be issued on the day that they are applied for.

The guide can be accessed at

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