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A Sidewalk Use Permit is the approval by the City for non-exclusive use of the public right-of-way for a private activity. Any time an individual or business would like to use the public right-of-way to support a private use, a Sidewalk Use Permit is required. The most common types of Sidewalk Uses are sidewalk cafes associated with food service establishments and A-frame signs or merchandise displays associated with retail businesses. There are also provisions in the City Code to allow residents to install electric vehicle chargers in the right-of-way, when there is no way to provide it on their own property.
This approval process it not new, but was streamlined at the end of 2017 to make the application and approval process faster and easier for residents and businesses. Application intake for this revised process will begin on January 8, 2018. Application forms can be found here.
These permitting requirements have been established to protect public safety and accessibility. The City is responsible for ensuring that all of the City’s residents and visitors can enjoy public spaces. In order to do this effectively, we need to know where sidewalk uses are located and City agencies need to verify that those uses do not conflict with clear paths of travel on sidewalks or public uses already on the right-of-way.
A-frame signs and display devices are prohibited in the French Quarter, except that these items may be authorized on N. Rampart Street subject to approval of the Vieux Carre Commission.
The following standards and criteria shall be used in reviewing the application and design drawings to determine if the proposed location is suitable and will not obstruct free and proper use of the public right-of-way:
Any food or beverage service business is authorized to request a Sidewalk Use Permit for a sidewalk cafe. However, please note that the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance does not allow sidewalk cafes at non-conforming bars in residential zoning districts unless the location is within a Residential Diversity Overlay.
The City Code provides requirements for the operation of any permitted commercial sidewalk use in addition to the restrictions on placement. If the use is a sidewalk cafe, additional standards will apply.
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