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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


Swimming Pool Permit

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A Swimming Pool permit is required for construction or alteration of any type of swimming pool in the City of New Orleans. Swimming Pool permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst. However, commercial or public swimming pools require the submission of complete plans. 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 entities (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carré Commission, City Planning Commission, 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.

NOTE:  All proposed swimming pools to be constructed within the Vieux Carré must be approved by the Vieux Carré Commission, and submittals must be made at least two weeks prior to the proposed hearing date, after approval by the Architectural Committee.


  • $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. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission for accepted formats and methods of submission.
  • 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/steps

  • 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. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership 
  • 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
  • Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer, for commercial permits
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure 
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure, for commercial permits, if applicable 
  • Contractor’s license information
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Last updated: 6/7/2016 10:23:19 AM

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