Safety and Permits
Welcome to the Department of Safety and Permits. This office is responsible for:
- Administering and enforcing standards for the construction and use of buildings and property.
- Promoting and protecting the public's interest and safety to life and property.
- Enforcing the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances (CZO) to protect the quality of our neighborhoods.
- Enforcing City Code provisions relative to the regulation of Taxi Cabs and Motor Vehicle inspections (brake tags).
Tropical Weather Prep
ATTENTION PERSONNEL ON ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: The Department of Safety and Permits is advising the following protective actions in advance of any potential tropical weather activity:
Remove construction materials from the perimeter of the building and tie them down. This includes smaller items such as tools to larger items such as dumpsters, portable bathrooms and even equipment.
- Secure steel frames, metal decks, planks and plywood to supportive structures.
- Provide shoring and bracing for areas under construction or demolition.
- Cover electrical equipment from exposure to the weather.
- Secure netting, scaffolding and sidewalk sheds.
- Suspend crane operations and secure crane equipment when wind speeds reach 30 mph or greater.
- Suspend hoist operations and secure exterior hoists when wind speeds reach 35 mph or greater, unless manufacturer specifications state otherwise.
- Brace and secure construction fences and check that silt fences are properly buried and staked.
- Cover dirt stock piles.
- Clear all storm drains or inlet filters on or near the construction site.
A major factor in urban flooding is debris clogging storm drains. We ask that you ensure any storm drains near your job site are free of any debris and that any potential wind- or water-borne materials or debris are removed from the jobsite or secured in advance of any weather systems.
Please stay tuned to local media and utilize the City’s Emergency Preparedness resources at http://www.nola.gov/ready/ for notifications on development of the weather system presently identified as “Tropical Depression Harvey.”
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.
Find more information about flood recovery including mold and mosquito prevention, debris removal, and resources by clicking here.
2/7/17 Tornado-Related Information
When a property is damaged by a natural disaster, we are required to assess damage. Our inspection determines if the amount of harm to the structure exceeds 50% of the pre-disaster value of the structure.
If your damage assessment is greater than 50%, the City will need additional information to verify that the structure complies with flood elevation regulations. See more...
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