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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Building Permits & Licenses

Signs

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any sign in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any sign in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time. Depending on the details of your sign(s), you may need multiple permits.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60.00 Base Fee, plus $5 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Plan Review Fee: $1 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Zoning Review Fee: $125 
  • First Year Operating Fee: $40 
  • For a reinspection following a violation: $100
  • For a one-year renewable operating permit for accessory signs: $40 
  • For signs requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness or Vieux Carre Permit, a 50% surcharge is added to 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 may need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Dimensions of the proposed signage
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Sketch of proposed signage clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes
  • Notify the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - Plan Examiner (504) 658- 4774 if the erection of, or the sign itself will:
    • Obstruct or close any streets
    • Obstruct or close a sidewalk
    • Impede a fire department connection to a building
    • Obstruct a fire hydrant

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Review by the City Planning Commission staff, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, or the Vieux Carré Commission depending on the location of your business

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A permit is required for any banner in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required for any banner in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time.

Duration: Same day, unless additional approvals must be secured

Fees

  • $150

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 and the SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Sketch of proposed signing clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Review by the City Planning Commission staff, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, or the Vieux Carré Commission depending on the location of your business.

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any general advertising sign or billboard in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any general advertising sign or billboard in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time. Depending on the details of your sign(s), you may need multiple permits.

Duration: 20-30 days

Fees

  • $60.00 Base Fee 
  • $5 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Plan Review Fee - $1 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Zoning Review Fee: $125 
  • First Year Operating Fee: $40 
  • For a reinspection following a violation: $100 
  • For a one-year renewable operating permit for general advertising signs:
    • Junior Billboards (up to 100 square feet), $50 per sign face 
    • Large Billboards (over 100 square feet), $100 per sign structure

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and the SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Two (2) sets of plans stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer
  • Sketch of proposed signage clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Approval by the City Planning Commission/City Council for construction of a general advertising billboard.

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to paint, alter, maintain, or relocate a public mural in the City of New Orleans. The City’s regulations are designed to regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and design of murals in a given area.

A permit is required to paint, alter, maintain, or relocate a public mural in the City of New Orleans. The City’s regulations are designed to regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and design of murals in a given area. Depending on the details and location of your mural, you may need multiple permits.

Fees

  • $500.00 Base Fee 
  • Other fees may apply 

Required documents/steps

  • Sketch of proposed mural clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner
  • Gather the documentation above and submit to the Murals Review Board (City Council). You must get permission from this body, authorizing the proposed mural. The clerk for City Council will then transmit your material to the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A sign permit is required for all new allowable signage that affects the exterior front of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the Vieux Carré Commission's (VCC) jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

A sign permit is required for all new allowable signage that affects the exterior of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the VCC, specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary), and based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in VCC Submission Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

  • Authorization from property owner giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Other supporting materials as necessary
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits

* Please note that due to the public review process and in order to provide the Commission with complete materials for a thorough understanding of any proposal, the staff will schedule the subject property application for a hearing only after all the necessary materials have been provided. ALL initial applications must be received by the VCC office two (2) weeks prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposal is to be considered.

  • Notify the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - Plan Examiner (504) 658- 4774 if the erection of, or the sign itself will:
  • Obstruct or close any streets
  • Obstruct or close a sidewalk
  • Impede a fire department connection to a building
  • Obstruct a fire hydrant

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

A banner permit is required for any and all  banners proposed to be mounted upon building facades or spanning the streets between buildings in the French Quarter. The area of the Vieux Carré Commission's (VCC) jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

A banner permit is required for any and all  banners proposed to be mounted upon building facades or spanning the streets between any buildings in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the VCC, specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four basic categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary), and based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in the VCC Submission Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H and provide any necessary supporting materials, including:

  • Authorization from property owner giving permission for banner installation, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Other supporting materials or information including logos and branding

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

You may also need

User guides

 
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Last updated: 10/30/2013 4:52:00 PM

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