A Non-Structural Renovation permit is required for any construction or changes of use within an existing building (interior or exterior). If you are not making structural changes, your permit application will be reviewed by a permit analyst and the permit may be issued the same day. This review verifies that the proposed work complies with the City’s zoning ordinance and evaluates the scope of work to be performed. However, if the Department determines that complete plans are required for your job, the plans are sent through a 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.
Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.
Flood Repair Permits
Due to recent flooding situations, we are expecting a higher than normal filings for non-structural renovation permits. We want to make sure you come to our prepared with all of the documents that you need to obtain your permit in a single visit.
If your building did not experience structural damage, but you still need to repair portions like floors, drywall, cabinetry, and electrical outlets, please click here to learn about the 4 things you will need to get your permit.
NOTE: Permits directly related to flood damage resulting from the August 5, 2017 flood event will have all associated permitting fees waived.