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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Construction

Renovation/Elevation (Structural) Permit

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
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A Structural Renovation permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to renovate an existing building. Structural renovations, such as changes to a foundation, beams, load-bearing walls, and other structural members, or additions require submission of plans. After submitting your plans, they will go through the 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 agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified. The only types of Structural Renovation permits which may be issued without plan review are permits obtained by licensed elevation or shoring companies where the entire structure is proposed to be raised.

Duration: When review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $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 
  • 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
  • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, with live, original seals, stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure
  • If the improvement is roofing related and the property is within a local historic district or is a designated landmark, fill out the Roof_Certificate_of_Appropriateness Application
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.

If the Structural Renovation is a whole-house elevation, the following information is required:

  • 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
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • A copy of the executed work contract, signed by the homeowner
  • 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.
  • A copy of the Contractor’s Riggers Insurance certificate (or similar endorsement)
  • Engineered foundation drawings, bearing the original seal of the professional of record (no larger than 11”x17” in size), a copy will be retained by the department, a second copy must be present on the job site at all times
  • Following application, an Electrical and Mechanical Permit must be applied for prior to the release of the elevation permit to ensure that any electrical or mechanical work resulting from an elevation is done safely by a licensed contractor

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Last updated: 11/6/2013 3:35:56 PM

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