New Construction (Building Permit)

A Building Permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to construct any new building or structure. Prior to starting construction you will be required to submit plans that are stamped by a licensed architect or engineer. After submitting your plans, they go through the plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified by all agencies.

Duration: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.


  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If plans are required, there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required Documents

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. 
  • Apply online at the One Stop App or fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership (i.e. in the last year, 365 days)
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Completed plans stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed Architect or Civil Engineer
  • Manual J, S, and D calculations
  • Executed contract or approved estimate with the scope of the work to be performed, costs inclusive of labor and materials with signatures, printed names and titles of both the owner and contractor.  If the property is owned by a business, please provide proof of signatory authority
  • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, with live, original seals, stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer
  • Proposed use of the structure
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)

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How to apply

  1. Login or register at the One-Stop App.
  2. Select New Construction permit type under “Permits – Building” and complete the application.

  1. Login or register at the One-Stop App.
  2. Select New Construction permit type under “Permits – Building”.
    Please note: you can save, cancel, or delete your application at any point by using the selections on the left side of the screen. Also, as you complete your application please note that anything with a red asterisk is required – meaning you will not be able to submit your application without providing this information.
  3. Provide the location of your building or structure by selecting Choose Location.
  4. Type the exact address of your building or structure and click Continue.
  5. Select the appropriate address from the menu and select Choose. (If the address you are looking for doesn’t show up, please select the “Help” button. It will provide you detailed instructions on what to do next.)
  6. Select the appropriate category for your building or structure in the Land Use dropdown.
    • If it’s not any kind of residence, select “Business Use”.
    • If it’s a mix of residential and business, select “Mixed Use”.
  7. Provide a short summary (1-2 sentences) of the work you’ll be doing in the Description section, and then select Continue.
  8. In the next section you’ll need to provide contractor information. See below for instructions on what to do in various contractor scenarios:
    • If you do have a contractor (or are a contractor), type in the correct name and select “Search”. The correct name should appear in the Search Results. Select “Add”. Repeat process as needed if there are multiple contractors.
    • If you do have a contractor (or are a contractor) and the correct name does not appear in the Search Results, that is okay. You may select “Yes” and move on the to next section. A permit analyst will follow up with you after your application is complete.
    • If you do not have a contractor yet but will eventually, that is also okay. Select “Yes” and move on to the next section. A permit analyst will follow up with you after your application is complete.
    • If you are doing your own construction and will not have a contractor select “no”. You’ll be prompted to fill out a special form that will have to be signed, notarized, and brought to One Stop (7th floor of City Hall) or mailed (1300 Perdido Street, Rm. 7W05, New Orleans, LA 70112.)
  9. Before your permit can be issued you’ll need to have a Construction Value signed by the contractor and the owner or an owner representative (if you are filing to do your own construction, you will sign your own estimate.) You’ll have the opportunity to uploaded the signed construction value at the end of your application. For now simply provide the estimate along with the additional required areas.
  10. Select the appropriate Existing Use and Proposed Use from the dropdown menus. You’ll also need to provide the Expected Completion Date.
  11. Complete the Affordable Housing Impact questions to the best of your ability. If your construction will have different types of units (e.g. some residential, some mixed use), you may complete the section multiple times by selecting Add. Use the information in the right column to identify what information to provide.
  12. Upload your documents. Select Choose File.  To add additional materials, select Add and repeat the process.
    Please note: there are size limits that may impact your ability to upload large documents or multiple documents at once. If that’s the case you can either split up your large document or, in the case of multiple files, save your application and repeat document submission process as needed.
    Here is a list of the documents you’ll likely need to provide:
    • If applicable, your Recorded Act of Sale. This likely only applies if you have very recently purchased the property. You can double check on the assessor’s website to see if the property ownership information is up to date. If it is not, you will need the Recorded Act of Sale.
    • Full architectural plans (This page provides details on the requirements for both online and in-person plan submission. They will need to have live, original seals by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer.)
    • Foundation drawings (They will also need to have live, original seals from a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer.)
    • Plot plan
    • Signed construction value
    • Completed Signaling/Suppression form. (The purpose of the form is to get approval from the New Orleans Fire Department as it relates to fire suppression and alarm systems)
  13. Submit your application, or you may also select Save Changes and come back to it. If you prefer, you can select View & Print to review materials and/or mail-in your application. If you’ve left any fields with a red asterick blank, you will get an error message and be unable to proceed. Please read error message for details about what information is still needed.
  14. Sign your application by printing your name.

Once you’ve submitted your application it will be reviewed by a permit analyst. They will follow up with any questions you will need to answer in order to process your permit. These emails will come from

They will also email you once your application has been approved which is when you will be prompted to pay your permit fee (you will not be able to pay your permit fee before your application has been approved.) You can pay your permit fees by selecting “Your Items” from the “Your Account” Menu on the One Stop App page. The permit you applied for will appear on this list. Go to the Pay Fees option under your permit name (If it does not appear, your permit has not yet been approved.)

  1. Input your credit card information. The billing information will default to the address listed on the permit, please select Specify my billing information and ensure the information is accurate.
  2. Once you’ve successfully submitted your payment, your permit is complete! You will receive your permit via email. You can also access your permit via the One Stop App by selecting View under your permit type and then going to the “Downloads” tab.
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