Food Pop-Up Host Permit

A food pop-up host is a restaurant, bar, brewery, distillery, or winery that has entered into an agreement with a food pop-up vendor to use the host's kitchen and facilities to prepare and sell its menu, often on a recurring schedule.

This page is for pop-up hosts. Food pop-up hosts apply for a permit from the Department of Safety and Permits via the One Stop App. Pop-up vendors apply for a permit from the Bureau of Revenue (similar to the process for obtaining a Special Event vendor permit).

All businesses that sell food or other goods are required to register, obtain a license, and collect and remit taxes to the Bureau of Revenue - Sales Tax. These businesses will be mailed tax returns each month and will be required to remit the taxes to the Bureau of Revenue by the 20th of the month following the month of collection. 

Prohibited Times and Locations

  • Certain locations during Mardi Gras, as per Section 34-34 of the City Code.
  • Near the Fairgrounds during the Annual Jazz and Heritage Festival Season in the area bounded by
    • Florida Avenue (on the north)
    • North Broad Avenue (on the east)
    • Esplanade Avenue (on the south)
    • Bayou St. John (on the west)
  • Clean Zones. A Clean Zone is an area established by an ordinance adopted by the City Council, which suspends certain permits and transactions in designated areas of public property and outside buildings during specific dates and times, such as during large events.
  • In a public right-of-way, unless the vendor has a separate permission to operate in the right-of-way.

Operational Restrictions

The sale of alcoholic beverages by the food pop-up vendor is prohibited. A food pop-up host may sell alcoholic beverages during the food pop-up if the host has the proper alcoholic beverage licenses.

Fees

There is a $50.00 initial application fee, and a $500.00 pop-up host permit fee annually (the total due the first year will be $550.00).

Required Documents

  • Food Pop-Up Host Application: The application form may be completed online at onestopapp.nola.gov, and the required documents below may be uploaded there as well. You can also complete the pdf Pop-Up Host Application Form and email it to businesslicenseinfo@nola.gov or mail/bring it to the Department of Safety and Permits along with the required documents below.
  • Current Occupational License: Provide a copy of your current occupational license for this business. If you do not have an occupational license, see our Occupational License Guide.
  • Shared Kitchen Agreement: Both Hosts and Vendors must complete and sign a shared kitchen agreement. If the host does not have any vendors at the time of application, this agreement is not required in the application attachments.
  • Sales Tax Clearance Certificate: Obtain a signed Sales Tax Clearance Certificate from the Bureau of Revenue on the first floor of City Hall at 1300 Perdido St, Room 1W15, or contact the Bureau of Revenue at revenue@nola.gov.
  • Floor Plan or Site Sketch: Provide a sketch of the site plan and/or floor plan that shows where the vendors will operate within the pop-up host location.
  • State Health Permit: Host businesses must be current on health inspections from the Louisiana Department of Health. Contact Orleans Parish Sanitarian Gwen Shook at gwen.shook@la.gov or (504) 568-7970. Certain fees may apply.
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