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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Permits

Permits

The New Orleans Fire Department issues or assists with the issuing of a number of permits, ranging from new construction approval to special events permits. To search for a permit, visit the One Stop Shop: Safety and Permits website.

NOFD permits include:

  • Blasting - Permit required for blasting operations on your property in the City of New Orleans.   
  • Cutting/Welding or Hot Work - Permit required to do any cutting, welding or hot work in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Explosive Shipment - Permit required before shipping any type of explosive device or material in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Flammable or Combustible Liquid Storage (Fuel Tank Installation or Removal) - Permit required to have a fuel tank or flammable/combustible liquid storage tank either installed or removed from your property in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Film Location Permit - Permit required for any commercial filming in New Orleans. 
  • Fumigation - Required to fumigate your property in the City of New Orleans.
  • Land Clearing - Required for land clearing on your property in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Mardi Gras Fixed Location Vendor Permit - Permit required for vendors during Mardi Gras with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer. 
  • Mardi Gras 1-Day Location Vendor Permit - Permit required for vendors operating for a single day during Mardi Gras on the Endymion or NOMTOC parade routes with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer.
  • Mobile Vendor Permit - Permit required for every person who wants to use the public streets, sidewalks or public places or private places of business establishments to conduct any type of business. This permit process is also used for Second Line Vendors.
  • Motor fuel dispensing operations (Service Stations) - Any motor fuel dispensing operation (service station) is required to have a permit in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Open Flame Devices - An operational permit is required to utilize or maintain an open flame device for display, entertainment, amusement, or non-food warming purposes. 
  • Open Fire/Bonfire Permit - An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. 
  • Paint Burning - Permit required for paint burning on your property in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Pyrotechnics License (Class B - Outdoor, Class C - Indoor, Class D - Flame Effect License) - A pyrotechnics license is required for use and handling of pyrotechnic, flame, and laser special effects materials and/or devices in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Pyrotechnics Permit - An operational permit is required for use and handling of pyrotechnic, flame, and laser special effects materials and/or devices in the City of New Orleans. 
  • Signaling/Suppression Permit - Permit required to ensure signaling/suppression compliance with the Fire Prevention Division of the City of New Orleans. 
  • Tent/Canopy/Temporary Membrane Structure Permit - All tents, canopies and structures erected in Orleans Parish require a completed  Special Event Plan Review Application.

Building Permitting Process

1. Plans Submitted

When a project requires a building permit, plans will most likely be required. Plans are submitted to the Department of Safety & Permits, to the Fire Prevention Division, and to the Office State Fire Marshal prior to obtaining a building permit to commence construction.

2. Plans Reviewed

During the plan review process, plan examiners review the building plans to ensure building design complies with the minimum standards of the Standard Building Code, the Standard Fire Prevention Code, the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and all other applicable codes and standards which may be referenced.

3. Code Enforcement Inspection 

Code enforcement inspections must occur prior to the occupancy of newly constructed or renovated buildings to ensure buildings are built according to the approved plans. Annual code enforcement inspections are also conducted to ensure all fire protection and life safety features are maintained to the minimum standards of the Fire Prevention Code. 

4. Corrections Issued

Once inspections are made, orders of corrections are given to property representatives stating allotted time to correct deficiencies. Failure to correct violations will result in the imposition of penalties, fines, and/or the filing of charges with the Environmental Health/Administrative Adjudication Office or Municipal Court. 

Whenever it claimed that the provisions of the Fire Prevention code does not apply or has been incorrectly interpreted, the building owner may appeal the decision of the Chief of Fire Prevention to the Board of Building Standards and Appeals.

 
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Last updated: 5/13/2013 10:55:21 PM

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