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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Business Permits & Licenses

Are you starting a business? Managing a bar? Starting work for a Taxi Cab Company? Leading Tours? Or, maybe you just want approval to have a band play at your  business. In this section you will find information related to applications and processes for obtaining Occupational Licenses, Mayoralty Permits, Certificates of Necessity and Public Convenience, Electrical and Mechanical Contractors’ Licenses, Taxi Driver and Tour Guide Permits, along with information related to external reviews and certifications that are required.

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Occupational/General Business

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
Yes

An Occupational or General Business license is required if you will be conducting business in Orleans Parish. If you will be selling alcohol, please begin by applying with the Bureau of Revenue in room 1W15 of City Hall. If you are conducting general commercial/retail sales or operating a home-based business, begin by applying at the One Stop Shop on the 7th Floor of City Hall. After applying, a zoning inspection is performed by the Department of Safety and Permits and/or State Health Department, depending on the nature of the business being opened.  Once approved, a tentative tax is paid to the Bureau of Revenue. 

An Occupational or General Business license is required if you will be conducting business in Orleans Parish. If you will be selling alcohol, please begin by applying with the Bureau of Revenue in room 1W15 of City Hall. If you are conducting general commercial/retail sales or operating a home-based business, begin by applying at the One Stop Shop on the 7th Floor of City Hall. After applying, a zoning inspection is performed by the Department of Safety and Permits and/or State Health Department, depending on the nature of the business being opened. Once you have approval from the appropriate entitie(s), you will then return to the Bureau of Revenue with your Certificate of Occupancy, additional State Health Department documentation, and the applicable fee/tentative tax. Click here for the business license guide and familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code Chapter 30.

Once your business is registered with the Bureau of Revenue, you may request a Resale Exemption Certificate that will allow you to purchase items without paying the sales tax if the items will be resold in the normal course of operating your business. Non-profit organizations may also obtain sales tax, mayoralty permit, amusement tax, and occupational license tax exemptions for conducting activities benefiting their organization.

RENEWALS: An Occupational or General Business license renewal is required all businesses. Click here to renew online or fill out the form (Form 8030) here and return it to the Bureau of Revenue at City Hall.

Fees

  • Fees are based on the type of business license you need to obtain. Click here for the fee schedule and business descriptions.

Required documents/steps

  • Register your trade name (dba), partnership or company with the Louisiana Secretary of State (225) 925-4704
  • Register and get a federal tax ID number (800) 829-4933 and your state tax ID with the Louisiana Department of Revenue (504) 568-5233 or (225) 219-7462
  • Once you have found a location to conduct business and before committing to any agreement:
    • If you will be selling alcohol, please begin by applying with the Bureau of Revenue in room 1W15 of City Hall.
    • If you are conducting only general commercial/retail sales or operating a home-based business, begin by applying at the One Stop Shop on the 7th Floor of City Hall. 
    • Fill out the Business License Master Application and submit to One Stop Shop on the 7th Floor of City Hall. 
    • Once your Zoning Review is completed, you will be receive an email or letter letting you know that you can pay your fees to obtain your license.
    • Pay the applicable fee/tentative tax
    • Continue with steps to securing the other permits you'll need for your business (see the guide below)
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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for home-based businesses operating in City of New Orleans-Orleans Parish only. Each business location must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits.

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for home-based businesses operating in City of New Orleans- Orleans Parish only. Each business location must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits. 

Fees

  • $190

Required documents/steps

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

A Certificate of Occupancy is required to ensure your business location complies with all current zoning and building laws. Most commercial buildings have an existing Certificate of Occupancy for the property, however an inspection of the premises is required when the use or the occupant changes.

A Certificate of Occupancy is required to ensure your business location complies with all current zoning and building laws. Most commercial buildings have an existing Certificate of Occupancy for the property, however an inspection of the premises is required when the use or the occupant changes. It may be necessary to obtain a new Certificate of Occupancy under the following conditions: use of the property will change, the building does not meet current building code standards for the proposed use, or the building has been out of use for over six months. If you plan to or are required to make alterations or repairs, see the sections here for more information. No inspection will be made unless: the applicant or authorized representative is present on the premises, utility services are established and operating, and all equipment has been installed and connected.

Duration: Same day in some situations, 2-3 days if an inspection is required.

Fees

  • $190

Required documents/steps

  • Submit a Building Permit Application to Safety and Permits
  • Proof of ownership
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership (if applicable)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits
Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business, Mardi Gras, Event/Film
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Mayoralty permit is required (along with other permits and licenses) for vendors, artists and individuals conducting business or promoting themselves or their art in the City of New Orleans.

A Mayoralty permit is required (along with other permits and licenses) for vendors, artists and individuals conducting business or promoting themselves or their art in the City of New Orleans. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Live entertainment including live music, DJ’s, music ensembles, etc.
  • Street entertainers
  • Certain sales in the Central Business District
  • Mardi Gras activities
  • Peddlers and itinerant vendors selling artifacts
  • Artists
  • Flower vendors and peddlers
  • Food vendors
  • Transient vendors
  • Canvassing, including distribution of flyers and pamphlets
  • Alcoholic beverage special event permits
  • Event promoters

Fees

Fees are based on type of activity, what is being sold and amount of gross sales. Click here for the City of New Orleans code, including more information about fees.

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit the Schedule A form to City Hall, Bureau of Revenue at 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112 
    (504) 658-1600
    revenue@nola.gov

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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Food/Alcohol

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Alcoholic Beverage license is required to sell alcoholic beverages of any kind in the City of New Orleans.

An Alcoholic Beverage license is required to sell alcoholic beverages of any kind in the City of New Orleans. 

If the application for an alcoholic beverage permit is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision. All appeals are handled by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The applicant has ten (10) days from the date of the denial letter to contact the Clerk of Council Office to request a denial hearing. The Clerk of Council can be reached at (504) 658-1124.

If there is a moratorium on the location you are applying for, based upon the recommendation from Safety & Permits, you may need to apply for a Conditional Use change through the City Planning Commission. The application could also take between 60-90 days pending City of New Orleans Council approval.

Departments to contact when applying for an alcoholic beverage permit:

  • City of New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Unit
    • 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 658-1600, (504) 658-1674 or revenue@nola.gov
  • Louisiana State Health Department
    • 1450 Poydras St. Suite 1204, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-7970
  • Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation
    • 1450 Poydras St. Suite 800, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-5228, (504) 568-5233
  • Louisiana State Department of Alcohol Tobacco Control (New Orleans Office)
    • 1450 Poydras St Suite 800., New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-5228

Departments that may need to be contacted:

  • City of New Orleans Safety & Permits Department
    • 1300 Perdido St., 7th Room 7E04, New Orleans, LA 70112 
    • (504) 658-7125 or (504) 658-7100
  • Louisiana State Department of Alcohol Tobacco Control
    • 8549 United Plaza Blvd., #220, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    • (225) 925-4041

Restrictions

If you or your spouse has been convicted of a felony in the last 5 years, you are not eligible to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage Permit.

Fees

All alcoholic beverage permits will expire on May 31st of every year. The alcoholic beverage processing fee is the only fee due when the application is submitted. Upon approval, the remaining balance will be due before the permit(s) is issued:

  • Application Processing Fee: $750.00 (Non-refundable). Increasing to $1,000.00 effective January 1, 2013
  • Low Content (Beer): $135.00
  • High Content (Liquor): $500.00
  • Wine Permit: $300.00
  • Occupational License: $50.00 minimum

If the business is located in the Vieux Carre Zoning District, New Orleans Historic District, or Central Business Historic District, additional fees are follows:

  • Vieux Carre ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • Vieux Carre ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • Central Business Historic Districts Landmarks Commission ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • Central Business Historic Districts Landmarks Commission ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • Safety & Permits ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00

Special Events:

  • Beer: $135.00 per event plus $250.00 processing fee (one time charge)
  • Beer, Wine/Liquor: $500.00 per event plus $250.00 processing fee (one time charge)
  • Non-Profit organizations must obtain a waiver to exempt permit and license fees in advance of the event

Payment for alcoholic beverage permits, must be made by cashier’s check or money order. Occupational License payments can be made by check (company, personal) or money order.

Required documents/steps

1. Complete the Notarized Schedule A

If the applicant is a Corporation or Limited Liability Company, the following information is required to be submitted:

  • Corporate Certificate or Company Registration from the Secretary of State
  • Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization
  • Minutes of the Meeting, Electing the Current Officers
  • Initial Report of the Business

2. Complete the Notarized Schedule B

An addendum also must be completed and signed with the Schedule B application. These forms are on each individual affiliated with the business.

The following Individuals must complete and return a Schedule B with the application:

  • Each principal corporation officer (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.), member, partner or owner must complete a Schedule B and sign an addendum. Managers of the business must complete and sign the Schedule B and addendum.
  • Registered Agents domiciled in this State must submit a Schedule B and an Addendum if the applicant is a Foreign Corporation. Naturalized citizens must submit their naturalization number, date and place of issuance.**

** Original Naturalization Certificate must be presented in person, no copies or reproductions will be accepted.

3. Submit a copy of the Act of Sales or Photo static copy of a true, bona fide, written lease and sublease, if applicable, of the premises to be permitted must be submitted with application.

5. Submit a copy of valid Louisiana Driver’s license or identification card.

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

If you are interested in operating a food truck in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued food truck permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

IMPORTANT: Mobile food truck means a double-axle vehicle that is completely mobile with no permanent fixed location, the vendor of which prepares all or most of its victuals on board the vehicle to serve or distribute to customers, in a form suitable for immediate ingestion or consumption.

If you are interested in operating a food truck in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued food truck permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

Restrictions

IMPORTANT: Mobile food truck means a double-axle vehicle that is completely mobile with no permanent fixed location, the vendor of which prepares all or most of its victuals on board the vehicle to serve or distribute to customers, in a form suitable for immediate ingestion or consumption.

  • Licenses and permits must be displayed and affixed to the front windshield in the lower corner on the passenger side.
  • Vendors must obey all applicable parking, traffic and vehicle safety laws, regulations, and restrictions.
  • This includes the feeding of parking meters.
  • Trucks can remain in one location no longer than 4 hours.
  • Trucks may only sell food; no other goods, wares, or other items may be sold.
 
Mobile food trucks may not operate:
  • Within 20 feet of any intersection;
  • Within 20 feet of any stop sign, flashing beacon, yield sign, or other traffic control signal located on the side of a roadway;
  • Within 3 feet of any public or private driveway, wheelchair ramp or bicycle ramp;
  • In any manner that impedes an exit or entrance of an operating building.
  1. No vendor may sell alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or any other illegal item.
  2. No furniture, or any other objects can be placed in the street, sidewalk, or any right-of-way, except a trash receptacle.
  3. All vendors must provide a trash receptacle within three feet of the front or back of the truck on a
  4. public street.  
  5. All vendors must keep a 50 foot radius around the truck clean during operation and upon ceasing
  6. operation.
  7. No horns, amplification systems, or other sound-producing devices or music systems which can be heard outside of the truck may be used.
  8. No third party advertising may be displayed on any mobile food truck.
  9. No permit is valid in any area of the City that is the color blue on the City's Food Truck Operating Area's map. If you desire to operate in a blue area, you must obtain a Franchise, approved by the City Council. If this is your desire, please see the Quick Reference Guide titled "Food Truck Franchises in New Orleans."
 
In addition to not being able to operate in any blue area on the City's Food Truck Operating Area's map, the following areas and times are also prohibited:
  • The entirety of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), bounded by: lberville Street, the Northbound side of North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River;
  • Within two blocks of any elementary or secondary school when school is in session
  • During the Mardi Gras Season in the locations governed by sections 34-34 et. seq.;
  • During the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Season within the area bounded by Florida
  • Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack) commencing at 7:00 a.m. on the first day of live music performances and continuing through and until 11:59 p.m. on the concluding day of live music performances;
  • In a clean zone as authorized by an ordinance adopted by the Council; and
  • When the City requires the use of its public right-of-way to facilitate projects or events within the right-of-way.

Fees

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00;
  • If approved, a food truck permit (mayoralty) fee of $400.25, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, an occupational license fee of $150.00, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, a $50.00 sales tax deposit, which shall be renewed annually;
  • A $5.00 I.D. card fee per card; and
  • Any other applicable fee that may apply.

Required documents/steps

 
The application process begins with the City's One Stop for licenses and permits, which is located on the 7th floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street). Along with a completed application, on forms provided by the City, you must also have all of the documents, certifications and inspections listed below. No application shall be processed until all required documentation is received. No applicant is guaranteed a Permit. 
  1. A copy of the mobile food truck's valid registration with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. All trucks must be registered in the State of Louisiana.
  2. A copy of automobile insurance for the mobile food truck, providing insurance coverage for any automobile accident that may occur while driving on the road.
  3. A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $500,000, naming the City as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on the public rights-of-ways. This coverage must be valid at the time of application and throughout the year when the permit is valid. The official address of the City for insurance purposes is 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112.
  4. All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals. For questions regarding the State Health requirements, please call 504-568-7970.
  5. All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the New Orleans Fire Department. For questions regarding Fire requirements, please call 504-658-4770.
  6. A photo of the mobile food truck indicating the dimensions. No mobile food truck can exceed 26 feet in length or 8 feet in width.
  7. A copy of your valid Louisiana Driver's license.
You will also need to obtain an occupational license, which allows you to do business in New Orleans, in addition to the food truck permit (mayoralty permit), in order to lawfully operate your food truck. Applying for and receiving this license is part of the permit application process, be sure that both items are included when you receive your permit.
 
Any driver of a food truck must possess a valid Louisiana Driver's license, as required by State law, and any driver and employee of a food truck must possess a City-issued employee I. D. card.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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User guides

Contact

One Stop 504.658.7100

specialevents@nola.gov

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Alcoholic Beverage license must be renewed annually and before May 31st of each year.

An Alcoholic Beverage license must be renewed annually and before May 31st of each year.

Fees

All alcoholic beverage permits will expire on May 31st of every year. The alcoholic beverage processing fee is the only fee due when the application is submitted. Upon approval, the remaining balance will be due before the permit(s) is issued:

  • Application Processing Fee: $750.00 (Non-refundable). Increasing to $1,000.00 effective January 1, 2013.
  • Low Content(Beer): $135.00
  • High Content(Liquor): $500.00
  • Occupational License: $ 50.00 minimum (Ordinance No.19937)

Payment for alcoholic beverage permits must be made by cashier’s check or money order. Occupational License payments can be made by check (company, personal) or money order.

Required documents/steps

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Manager’s Permit is required for those individuals employed as manager of alcoholic beverage outlets.

A Manager’s Permit is required for those individuals employed as manager of alcoholic beverage outlets. Managers must possess a valid manager’s permit at all times. Qualifications for this permit include a valid Louisiana Driver’s License or State Identification. For more information contact: City of New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Unit, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-1600 or (504) 658-1674

Fees

  • Manager’s Permit: $100.00
  • Manager’s Photo ID: $ 5.00

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue, NOPD, Safety and Permits

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User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No
If you are interested in selling ice cream from a mobile vehicle, you must first obtain a City-issued Mobile Ice
Cream vendor permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This guide will help you understand
how to apply, and if you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.
If you are interested in selling ice cream from a mobile vehicle, you must first obtain a City-issued Mobile Ice
Cream vendor permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This guide will help you understand
how to apply, and if you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

Restrictions

 

  • Permits and correlating licenses expire on December 31st and renewals thereof shall be made by January 31st.  
  • As of January 1st, 2014, all mobile ice cream vendors must comply with the Prerequisites for Application
  • As of January 1st, 2014, there is a limit of 25 Mobile Ice Cream Vendor Permits per calendar year.    No permit shall be issued until the City receives and approves a completed application.
  • Licenses and permits must be displayed and affixed to the front windshield in the lower corner on the passenger side.  No other signage or other obstructions shall block the vehicle windows besides required permits and licenses.
  • Advertising decals are limited to the name of the permitted vendor, the types of wares permitted for purchase, and the price lists of those items.  Product decals and price lists may only be displayed on the passenger side.
  • Vendors must obey all applicable traffic and vehicle safety laws, regulations, and restrictions.
  • All sales must take place between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
  • Mobile Ice Cream Vendors may only sell: pre-wrapped or prepackaged ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, frozen or soft-serve dairy products, or similar frozen dessert products.
  • Vendors may only sell food items as outlined above; no other goods, wares, or other items may be sold.
  • Mobile Ice Cream Vendors may ONLY operate in residential zoning districts as defined by the New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance as amended.
  • Mobile Ice Cream Vendors may not operate:
  • Within 40 feet of any intersection;
  • Within 40 feet of any stop sign, flashing beacon, yield sign, or other traffic control signal located on the side of a roadway;
  • On any street where the speed limit exceeds 25 miles per hour;
  • In any manner that impedes the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on any public street or sidewalk.
  • No vendor may vend at the same location more than once a day or longer than 30 continuous minutes without moving the vehicle at least 1,000 feet away.
  • Vending can only take place on the passenger side of the truck.
  • Vendors must pull as far as practical to the side of the street when stopping to make sales.
  • Emergency flashers must be operating at all times while vendor is stationary.
  • No vendor may sell alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or any other illegal item.
  • No horns, amplification systems, or other sound-producing devices or music systems may be used when the truck is stationary or at any time other than authorized times of operation.
  • Mobile Ice Cream Vendor Permits are NOT valid in these locations and/or times:
  • Any non-residential zoning designations;
  • The Central Business District, bounded by: the Mississippi River, the northbound side of North Rampart Street, Iberville Street, and Howard Avenue and Andrew Higgins Drive;
  • The entirety of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), bounded by: Iberville Street, the Northbound side of North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River;
  • Within two blocks of any elementary or secondary school when school is in session
  • During the Mardi Gras Season in the locations governed by sections 34-34 et. seq.;
  • During the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Season within the area bounded by Florida Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack) commencing at 7:00 AM on the first day of live music performances and continuing through and until 11:59 PM on the concluding day of live music performances; and
  • In a clean zone as authorized by an ordinance adopted by the Council.

 

Fees

  • A non-refundable initial application fee of $50.00;
  • If approved, a permit fee of $200.25, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, an occupational license fee of $150.00, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, a $50.00 sales tax deposit;
  • A $5.00 I.D. card fee per card; and
  • Any other applicable fee that may apply.

 

Required documents/steps

PREREQUISITES FOR APPLICATION:

The application process begins with the City’s One Stop for licenses and permits, which is located on the 7th floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street).  Along with a completed application, on forms provided by the City, you must also have all of the documents, certifications and inspections listed below.  No application shall be processed until all required documentation is received.  No applicant is guaranteed a Permit. 

  • A copy of the vending vehicle’s valid registration with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles.  All trucks must be registered in the State of Louisiana. 
  • A copy of your valid Louisiana Driver’s license.
  • A copy of automobile insurance for the vending vehicle, providing insurance coverage for any automobile accident that may occur while driving on the road.
  • All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals.  For questions regarding the State Health requirements, please call 504-568-7970.
  • A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $500,000, naming the City as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on the public rights-of-ways.  This coverage must be valid at the time of application and throughout the year when the permit is valid.  The official address of the City for insurance purposes is 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA  70112.
  • A photo of the vehicle indicating the dimensions.  No vending vehicle can exceed 20 feet in length or 8 feet in width.

You will also need to obtain an occupational license, which allows you to do business in New Orleans, in addition to the Mobile Ice Cream vendor permit (mayoralty permit), in order to lawfully operate. Applying for and receiving this license is part of the permit application process; be sure that both items are included when you receive your permit.

 Any driver of a Mobile Ice Cream vendor vehicle must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s license, as required by State law, and any driver and employee of a truck must possess a City-issued employee I.D. card.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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User guides

Contact

One Stop 504.658.7100

specialevents@nola.gov

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

If you are interested in operating a pushcart or animal-drawn vehicle for vending food in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued Pushcart/Animal Drawn Food Vending permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

 

If you are interested in operating a pushcart or animal-drawn vehicle for vending food in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued Pushcart/Animal Drawn Food Vending permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

 

Restrictions

  • Permits and correlating licenses expire on December 31st and renewals thereof shall be made by January 31st.  
  • As of January 1st, 2014, all pushcart & animal drawn food vendors must comply with the Prerequisites for Application listed on the front of this page to either renew or apply for permits and licenses.
  • For vendors that were operating legally in the Central Business District, the Vieux Carre, or residential areas PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION OF THIS ORDINANCE (prior to July 2013) nothing shall inhibit them from renewing those permits and licenses and continuing to operate in those locations.
  • As of January 1, 2014, there is a limit of 50 Pushcart & Animal Drawn Vendor Permits per calendar year.    No permit shall be issued until the City receives and approves a completed application.
  • Licenses and permits must be visibly displayed on the vendor, pushcart, or animal drawn vehicle during operation.
  • Pushcarts, bicycles, or other carts pushed by hand that are NOT motorized, AND which can easily and readily be moved by any person, can qualify for this vending permit.
  • Mobile vehicles that are exclusively powered by a horse, donkey, or mule, with no permanent fixed location can qualify for this vending permit.
  • Vendors must be completely mobile and have no permanent fixed location.
  • Advertising is limited to the name of the permitted vendor, the type of food sold, and the cost.
  • Vendors must obey all applicable traffic and vehicle safety laws, regulations, and restrictions.
  • All sales must take place between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM.
  • Pushcart & Animal Drawn Vendors may only sell: food that is prepared, packaged, or in a form that is meant for immediate consumption (ex. hot dogs). NO fresh produce, or raw or cooked seafood sold in bulk may be sold using this permit.
  • Vendors may only sell food items as outlined above; no other goods, wares, or other items may be sold.
  • Pushcart & Animal Drawn Vendors may ONLY operate in business, commercial, or mixed use zoning districts as defined by the New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance as amended.
  • Pushcart & Animal Drawn Vendors may not operate:
  • Within 20 feet of any intersection;
  • In any manner that impedes the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on any public street or sidewalk.
  • No vendor may sell alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or any other illegal item.
  • No horns, amplification systems, or other sound-producing devices or music systems may be used.
  • Pushcart & Animal Drawn Vendor Permits are NOT valid in these locations and/or times:
  • The Central Business District, bounded by: the Mississippi River, the northbound side of North Rampart Street, Iberville Street, and Howard Avenue and Andrew Higgins Drive;
  • The entirety of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), bounded by: Iberville Street, the Northbound side of North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River;
  • Any residential zoning district;
  • Within two blocks of any elementary or secondary school when school is in session
  • During the Mardi Gras Season in the locations governed by sections 34-34 et. seq.;
  • During the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Season within the area bounded by Florida Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack) commencing at 7:00 AM on the first day of live music performances and continuing through and until 11:59 PM on the concluding day of live music performances;
  • In a clean zone as authorized by an ordinance adopted by the Council; and
  • When the City requires the use of its public right-of-way to facilitate projects or events within the right-of-way. 

 

 

Fees

  • A non-refundable initial application fee of $50.00;
  • If approved, a permit fee of $200.25, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, an occupational license fee of $150.00, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, a $50.00 sales tax deposit;
  • A $5.00 I.D. card fee per card; and
  • Any other applicable fee that may apply.

 

Required documents/steps

 

The application process begins with the City’s One Stop for licenses and permits, which is located on the 7th floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street).  Along with a completed application, on forms provided by the City, you must also have all of the documents, certifications and inspections listed below.  No application shall be processed until all required documentation is received.  No applicant is guaranteed a Permit.

  • All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals.  For questions regarding the State Health requirements, please call 504-568-7970.
  • A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $50,000.00, naming the City as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on the public rights-of-ways.  This coverage must be valid at the time of application and throughout the year when the permit is valid.  The official address of the City for insurance purposes is 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA  70112.

You will also need to obtain an occupational license, which allows you to do business in New Orleans, in addition to the Pushcart & Animal Drawn Food vendor permit (mayoralty permit), in order to lawfully operate. Applying for and receiving this license is part of the permit application process; be sure that both items are included when you receive your permit. You will also need a City-issued I.D. card.

 

 

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

If you are interested in selling fresh produce, seafood, or snowballs from a stationary vehicle you must first obtain a City-issued Stationary Food Vending permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

 

If you are interested in selling fresh produce, seafood, or snowballs from a stationary vehicle you must first obtain a City-issued Stationary Food Vending permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

Restrictions

  • Permits, franchises, and correlating licenses expire on December 31st and renewals thereof shall be made by January 31st.   EXISTING LEGAL, PERMITTED STATIONARY VENDORS OPERATING BEFORE JULY 1, 2013 DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR A NEW FRANCHISE ONLY A RENEWAL IS REQUIRED.
  • As of January 1st, 2014, all stationary food vendors must comply with the Prerequisites for Application listed on the front of this page to either renew or apply for permits and licenses.
  • Licenses and permits must be displayed and affixed to the front windshield in the lower corner on the passenger side.
  • Vendors must obey all applicable traffic and vehicle safety laws, regulations, and restrictions.
  • Vendors can remain and vend only in those places and during those times that their Franchise Ordinance allows.
  • All sales must take place between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Where other more restrictive or permissive time regulations exist, those regulations shall apply.
  • Stationary Food Vendors may only sell: fresh, uncooked or unprepared produce and/or raw or cooked seafood sold in bulk by weight that has not been prepared, packaged, or served with other prepared food as part of a menu item
  • Stationary Food Vendors that are farmers may also sell: their own produce and their own value-added products (oils, jams, jellies, etc.) or flavored frozen water-based food products (snowballs).
  • Vendors may only sell food items as outlined above; no other goods, wares, or other items may be sold.
  • Stationary Food Vendors may not operate:
  • Within 20 feet of any intersection;
  • Within 20 feet of any stop sign, flashing beacon, yield sign, or other traffic control signal located on the side of a roadway;
  • Within 3 feet of any public or private driveway, wheelchair ramp or bicycle ramp;
  • In any manner that impedes the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on any public street or sidewalk.
  • No vendor may sell alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or any other illegal item.
  • Food shall only be exhibited and sold from the approved vending vehicle. 
  • No items can be placed in the street or on the sidewalk.
  • Prices must be posted on a sign no larger than 6 square feet. No other signs except one identification sign (no larger than 1 square foot) will be allowed at the franchise location.
  • No horns, amplification systems, or other sound-producing devices or music systems may be used.
  • No Franchise will be granted, nor is any Stationary Food vendor permit valid in these locations and/or times:
  • The entirety of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), bounded by: Iberville Street, the Northbound side of North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River;
  • Within two blocks of any elementary or secondary school when school is in session;
  • During the Mardi Gras Season in the locations governed by sections 34-34 et. seq.;
  • During the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Season within the area bounded by Florida Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack) commencing at 7:00 AM on the first day of live music performances and continuing through and until 11:59 PM on the concluding day of live music performances; and
  • In a clean zone as authorized by an ordinance adopted by the Council.

 

Fees

  • A non-refundable initial application fee of $50.00;
  • If approved, a permit fee of $200.25, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, an occupational license fee of $150.00, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, a $50.00 sales tax deposit;
  • A $5.00 I.D. card fee per card; and
  • Any other applicable fee that may apply.

 

Required documents/steps

The application process begins with the City’s One Stop for licenses and permits, which is located on the 7th floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street).  Along with a completed application, on forms provided by the City, you must also have all of the documents, certifications and inspections listed below.  No application shall be processed until all required documentation is received.  No applicant is guaranteed a permit, license, or franchise. 

  • A copy of the vending vehicle’s valid registration with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles.  All vehicles must be registered in the State of Louisiana. 
  • A copy of your valid Louisiana Driver’s license.
  • A copy of automobile insurance for the vending vehicle, providing insurance coverage for any automobile accident that may occur while driving on the road.
  • All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals.  For questions regarding the State Health requirements, please call 504-568-7970.
  • For seafood vendors only: All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  For questions regarding the Wildlife and Fisheries requirements, please call 1-800-256-2749.
  • A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $100,000, naming the City as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on the public rights-of-ways.  This coverage must be valid at the time of application and throughout the year when the permit is valid.  The official address of the City for insurance purposes is 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA  70112.
  • The desired location to park the vending vehicle on a public street within the City.  You must also provide the days of the week and the correlating hours that you will be vending at the location.
  • A photo of the vehicle indicating the dimensions.  No vending vehicle can exceed 20 feet in length or 8 feet in width.

You will also need to obtain an occupational license, which allows you to do business in New Orleans, in addition to the Stationary vendor permit (mayoralty permit), in order to lawfully operate. Applying for and receiving this license is part of the permit application process, be sure that both items are included when you receive your permit.

 Any driver of a Stationary vendor vehicle must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s license, as required by State law, and any driver and employee of a truck must possess a City-issued employee I.D. card.    

 

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Bureau of Revenue

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For Hire Industry, Tour Guides and Planners

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

Certificates of Public Necessity (or CPNCs) are required of all for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly. Currently there are no new numbers available.

Presently we are only accepting applications for the issuance of new CPNCs for AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, and Sightseeing.

All available CPNC numbers for Taxicabs have been awarded.

Certificates of Public Necessity (or CPNCs) are required of all for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

Additionally, we strive to ensure that every customer is treated with courtesy, dignity and genuine hospitality. We understand that these services are essential to the city’s overall tourism and business industry; therefore, our goal is to work with the citizens, for hire industries, tourism industries, and various stakeholders to implement the highest service standard. These service standards will ensure customer satisfaction and promote the core values and objectives of the New Orleans Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau.

Duration: Expires each year on December 31. Applicants must renew by March 31st, late fees apply

Restrictions

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics.
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted of multiple felony offenses.
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall not have been convicted of any felony other than those listed above, or pandering, prostitution, soliciting for prostitution or illegal possession or use of narcotics within five years of the date of filing an application; nor shall the applicant have served any part of a sentence therefor within five years before the date of filing such application.
  • In order to obtain or maintain a CPNC, the applicant, CPNC holder, or someone working on his/her behalf must not offer or give any gift or gratuity to any employee, representative, public servant, or member of the Bureau.
  • Any vehicle which has ever been issued the title class of either “salvage”, “rebuilt”, “junk”, “total loss”, “reconditioned” or any equivalent classification; any vehicle previously used as a taxicab or law enforcement vehicle, in any jurisdiction, may not be placed in service as a for-hire vehicle.
  • No licenses shall be granted if the applicant fails to meet the requirements of Chapter 162 of the New Orleans City Code (“Chapter 162”)_ or if the applicant provides the Bureau with false, misleading or incomplete information. Licenses issued on the basis of material false, misleading or incomplete information furnished by the applicant may be revoked by the director of the department of safety and permits.

The Director of the Department of Safety and Permits, or a duly designated agent, is hereby given authority to deny any CPNC for due cause whenever such party has to his/her discredit one of the following:

  • Conviction in any court for violating any of the disqualifying provisions of this article;
  • Finding by the Bureau after administrative hearings as set out hereinafter, that the holder of the CPNC has failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter;
  • A combination of convictions in any court and/or suspensions totaling five within one year;
  • Operation of a vehicle regulated by the provisions of this article when the operator’s permit is under suspension;

Investigation by the Bureau revealing that the CPNC holder falsified or concealed information, which would have disqualified such applicant as a recipient of a CPNC license under this chapter, will result in denial of the CPNC licenses.

An applicant who is otherwise qualified to obtain a driver's permit or CPNC who has been convicted of a disqualifying offense under this section may appeal to the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans within 30 working days from the notice of disqualification by the taxicab and for-hire vehicle bureau, provided that the applicant has received a pardon for such offense or committed such offense while a minor or where extenuating or mitigating circumstances are present.

Fees

Due at the time of issuance:

  • General: $100
  • Courtesy Vehicle: $300
  • Animal Drawn: $250 (You’ll also need a Tour Guide Permit)
  • AT (Wheel-chair accessible) Taxi: $300

Required documents/steps

Step 1: To begin the process, you must present:

  • A notarized completed application and all required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall, Suite 2W84
  • A letter from the for hire vehicle company under which the CPNC will be operating
  • For business applicants:
    • A certified copy of Articles of Incorporation / Articles of Organization by the Louisiana Secretary of State Office, and the name(s) and position(s) of all officers.
  • If operating as a corporation, association or partnership:
    • All of the partners or the principal officers of the organization, and the person actually exercising the executive direction of the organization shall be required to submit applications individually. All of the provisions applicable to individuals shall apply to and be required of such principal partners or officers, and the failure of any of them to meet such requirements shall be grounds to deny the application of such corporation, association or partnership
  • For business applicants, your corporation must be in good standing with the Secretary of State
  • A business plan outlining the details and operation of the business
  • Valid LA driver’s license or state ID (the address must match your proof of residence)
  • Proof of Residence for at least 6 months from date of application. The applicant must reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, or St. James Parish. Acceptable Documents: Utility bill, water bill, landline telephone bill, mortgage or notarized rental agreement in applicant’s name.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship – acceptable documents: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, valid U.S. Passport or Permanent Residence Card
  • Proof of insurance relevant to the type of CPNC applied for.
  • Vehicle Registration
  • CPNC Special Inspection Form
  • City of New Orleans Occupational License
  • Consent Form
  • The following tests and passing results are required:
    • Federal background check ($50 money order only to New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), allow 5-7 days for results)
    • Drug test ($20, paid to approved facility)
    • All partners or principal officers of the organization must pass these tests as well
  • DEADLINE: you must submit your completed application packet with all required documents at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled public hearing.

Step 2:  If you meet all the requirements, the Taxicab Bureau office will put your CPNC request on the hearing agenda.

  • At the public hearing you have the opportunity to present your business and why you should be granted a CPNC

Step 3: If awarded a CPNC, you will be required to submit further documentation, including:

  • Vehicle registration in the name of the applicant
  • Proof of insurance (policy declaration, certificate of liability insurance – insurance requirement applies)
  • City of New Orleans Occupational License (one license required per business or individual, not per CPNC number)
  • An original signed letter on company letterhead in which the CPNC will operate
  • According to Section 162-199 of the City's municipal code, all CPNC holders must maintain a business office with a telephone number in the parish
  • Depending on the specific type of CPNC, further restrictions and documentation may apply, please refer to the New Orleans City Code Section 162. If additional information is needed, please contact Karen Thibodeaux (kmthibodeaux@nola.gov) or Yolanda Brownfield (ybrownfield@nola.gov) or the Taxicab Bureau: (504) 658-7176
Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

As the Department of Safety and Permits and the Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau continue making strides to enhance your customer experience, we have developed an appointment schedule for renewals of all Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience for the 2014 calendar year. 

Our goal is to enable CPNC holders to file renewal applications with representatives of the Bureau without the wait times and lines experienced in 2013. In order to make this goal a reality, Safety and Permits has scheduled all CPNC holders a date and time to appear at the Bureau to have their renewals processed. 

These renewal appointments will begin on December 9, 2013 and will be scheduled daily through February 10, 2014.

To view the renewal appointment schedule, click here.

If you believe that you should be listed on the Renewal Appointment Schedule, but are not, please email ybrownfield@nola.gov

As the Department of Safety and Permits and the Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau continue making strides to enhance your customer experience, we have developed an appointment schedule for renewals of all Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience for the 2014 calendar year. 

Our goal is to enable CPNC holders to file renewal applications with representatives of the Bureau without the wait times and lines experienced in 2013. In order to make this goal a reality, Safety and Permits has scheduled all CPNC holders a date and time to appear at the Bureau to have their renewals processed. 

These renewal appointments will begin on December 9, 2013 and will be scheduled daily through February 10, 2014.

The best way to ensure fast, efficient service is to appear on your scheduled appointment date with your completed application and all required documents.  Unless your scheduled appointment is in February, failure to renew CPNCs by January 31 will result in penalty fees pursuant to Section 162-186 of the City Code. 

Due to the number of Certificates, it is not possible to reschedule if you are unable to make this appointment. To serve those who may have other obligations which do not allow them to keep this appointment, the Bureau will have morning operating hours on Saturdays in January, during which time we will see customers whose appointment date has passed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

These renewal appointments will begin on December 9, 2013 and will be scheduled daily through February 10, 2014.

To view the renewal appointment schedule, click here.

If you believe that you should be listed on the Renewal Appointment Schedule, but are not, please email ybrownfield@nola.gov

In General

Certificates of Public Necessity (or CPNCs) are required of all for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

In addition, we strive to ensure that every customer is treated with courtesy, dignity and genuine hospitality. We understand that these services are essential to the city’s overall tourism and business industry; therefore, our goal is to work with the citizens, for hire industries, tourism industries, and various stakeholders to implement the highest service standard.  These service standards will ensure customer satisfaction and promote the core values and objectives of the New Orleans Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau.

Duration: Expires each year on Dec. 31, applicants must renew by January 31st, late fees apply after this date. CPNCs not renewed by Mar. 31st  will be suspended and set for revocation.

Restrictions

  • Renewal Applicants must have an active CPNC for the previous year.

Fees

  • Renewed by Jan. 31
    • General: $150.00
    • Courtesy: $300
    • Animal drawn: $250
    • AT (Wheelchair-accessible) Taxi: $300
  • Renewed by Feb. 28 – renewal fee and penalty of $150.00 (except for those whose scheduled renewal appointment was in February)
  • Renewed by Mar. 31- renewal fee-penalty for Feb. (except for those whose scheduled renewal appointment was in February) - $150.00 plus penalty for Mar. - $150.00
  • CPNCs not renewed by Mar. 31 will be suspended and set for revocation

Required documents/steps

All required documents must be delivered in person to City Hall at 1300 Perdido Street, Suite 2W84, New Orleans LA 70112

  • A notarized CPNC Renewal Application
  • Valid LA driver’s license or state ID (the address must match your proof of residence)
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence. Acceptable Documents: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, valid U.S. Passport, or Permanent Residence Card
  • Proof of Residency. The applicant must reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, or St. James Parish. Applicant must have resided for the past six months and presently reside in one of the above parishes. Acceptable Documents: Utility bill, water bill, landline telephone bill, mortgage or notarized rental agreement in applicant’s name
  • City of New Orleans Occupational License (one license required per business or individual, not per CPNC number) IN 2014: Those applicants with scheduled renewal dates in before January 13, 2013 may apply with their 2013 Occupational License, and submit their 2014 license no later than January 24, 2013.
  • For business applicants - A certified copy of Articles of Incorporation / Articles of Organization by the Louisiana Secretary of State Office, and the name(s) and position(s) of all officers. If operating as a corporation, association or partnership, all of the partners or the principal officers of the organization, and the person actually exercising the executive direction of the organization shall be required to submit applications individually. All of the provisions applicable to individuals shall apply to and be required of such principal partners or officers, and the failure of any of them to meet such requirements shall be grounds to deny the application of such corporation, association or partnership
  • For business applicants, your corporation must be in good standing with the Secretary of State
  • Proof of Insurance – policy declaration, certificate of liability insurance (insurance requirement applies)
  • Vehicle registrations in the name of the CPNC holder
  • Original dated letter from the company in which the CPNC will operate, if applicable
  • Federal Background Check results
  • Drug Test results
  • Previous year’s renewal certificate(s) 

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau

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FAQ

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

Certificates of Public Necessity (or CPNCs) are required of all for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

Certificates of Public Necessity (or CPNCs) are required of all for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

We understand that these services are essential to the city’s overall tourism and business industry; therefore, our goal is to work with the citizens, for hire industries, tourism industries, and various stakeholders to implement the highest service standard. These service standards will ensure customer satisfaction and promote the core values and objectives of the New Orleans Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau.

Duration: Expires each year on December 31. Applicants must renew by March 31st, late fees apply

Restrictions

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted of multiple felony offenses
  • Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall not have been convicted of any felony other than those listed above, or pandering, prostitution, soliciting for prostitution or illegal possession or use of narcotics within five years of the date of filing an application; nor shall the applicant have served any part of a sentence therefor within five years before the date of filing such application
  • All open items, including summons, outstanding fines and penalties against the CPNC must be cleared before a transfer will be approved. When the transferor is a corporation and there are two or more CPNC’s with open items against them, all CPNC’s must be cleared in order to transfer one CPNC
  • In order to obtain or maintain a CPNC, the applicant, CPNC holder, or someone working on his/her behalf must not offer or give any gift or gratuity to any employee, representative, public servant, or member of the Bureau. (The City does not concede that a CPNC is a property right rather than a privilege. The City further does not concede that it is a best practice to allow CPNC’s to be transferred during a period suspension or revocation.)
  • Any vehicle which has ever been issued the title class of either “salvage”, “rebuilt”, “junk”, “total loss”, “reconditioned” or any equivalent classification; any vehicle previously used as a taxicab or law enforcement vehicle, in any jurisdiction, may not be placed in service as a for-hire vehicle
  • No licenses shall be granted if the applicant fails to meet the requirements of this chapter or if the applicant provides the Bureau with false, misleading or incomplete information. Licenses issued on the basis of material false, misleading or incomplete information furnished by the applicant may be revoked by the director of the department of safety and permits
  • All CPNC holders, except special charter CPNC holders, must maintain a business office with a telephone number in the parish. All holders shall notify the Bureau of the name and address of its representative to receive service of process. If the holder is a corporation, the corporation shall inform the Bureau of its registered agent for service of process in conformity with the provisions in La. C.C.P. Article 1261
  • ​If operating as a corporation, association or partnership, all of the partners or the principal officers of the organization, and the person actually exercising the executive direction of the organization shall be required to submit applications individually. All of the provisions applicable to individuals shall apply to and be required of such principal partners or officers, and the failure of any of them to meet such requirements shall be grounds to deny the application of such corporation, association or partnership
    • All changes of officers who have submitted applications for a taxicab or for hire vehicle certificate shall be reported to the taxicab and for hire vehicle bureau within ten (10) working days of such change, and such new officers, partners or other executive managing personnel shall individually file applications within that time. The failure to certify within such time or to possess the qualifications required of the individuals under this article shall be cause for the suspension of all permits held by such corporation, association, or partnership. 
  • The CPNC holder shall apply for and obtain an annual renewal of the CPNC upon payment of a fee of $150.00 and provision of evidence that the holder continues to possess the necessary qualifications for holding a CPNC. This fee shall be paid by the last day of the month of January. A CPNC renewal that is submitted in February shall be subject to an additional $150.00 delinquency penalty. A CPNC renewal submitted in March shall be subject to an additional $300.00 delinquency penalty. A CPNC shall not be renewed after March 31.

The Director of the Department of Safety and Permits, or a duly designated agent, is hereby given authority to deny, pursuant to the applicable procedure, any CPNC for due cause whenever such party has to his/her discredit one of the following:

  • Conviction in any court for violating any of the disqualifying provisions of this article;
  • Finding by the Bureau after administrative hearings as set out hereinafter, that the holder of the CPNC has failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter;
  • A combination of convictions in any court and/or suspensions totaling five within one year;
  • Operation of a vehicle regulated by the provisions of this article when the operator’s permit is under suspension

Investigation by the Bureau revealing that the CPNC holder falsified or concealed information, which would have disqualified such applicant as a recipient of a CPNC license under this chapter, will result in denial of the transfer of CPNC licenses.

An applicant who is otherwise qualified to obtain a CPNC who has been convicted of a disqualifying offense under this section may appeal to the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans within 30 working days from the notice of disqualification by the taxicab and for-hire vehicle bureau, provided that the applicant has received a pardon for such offense or committed such offense while a minor or where extenuating or mitigating circumstances are present.

Fees

  • Transfer fee $350
  • Inspection fee $50.00

Required documents/steps

All required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall at 1300 Perdido Street, Suite 2W84, New Orleans, LA 70112

  • Notarized CPNC Transfer Application initialed by the CPNC Holder and the applicant (both applicants must be present)
  • Valid LA driver’s license or state ID (the address must match your proof of residence)
  • Current renewal certificate for CPNC
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence. Acceptable Documents: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, valid U.S. Passport, or Permanent Residence Card
  • Proof of Residency. The applicant must reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, or St. James Parishes. Applicant must have resided for the past six months and presently reside in one of the above parishes. Acceptable Documents: Utility bill, water bill, landline telephone bill, mortgage or notarized rental agreement in applicant’s name
  • City of New Orleans Occupational License (one license required per business or individual, not per CPNC number)
  • For business applicants - A certified copy of Articles of Incorporation / Articles of Organization by the Louisiana Secretary of State Office, and the name(s) and position(s) of all officers. If operating as a corporation, association or partnership, all of the partners or the principal officers of the organization, and the person actually exercising the executive direction of the organization shall be required to submit applications individually. All of the provisions applicable to individuals shall apply to and be required of such principal partners or officers, and the failure of any of them to meet such requirements shall be grounds to deny the application of such corporation, association or partnership
  • For business applicants, your corporation must be in good standing with the Secretary of State
  • Proof of Insurance – policy declaration, certificate of liability insurance (insurance requirement applies)
  • Vehicle registrations in the name of the CPNC holder
  • Original dated letter from the company in which the CPNC will operate, if applicable
  • Certified copy of binding agreement to transfer the CPNC and vehicle. Agreement shall include the price for which the CPNC and the vehicle were transferred.
  • CPNC Transfer Special Inspection Form. Vehicle inspection must be completed within 15 days of application.
  • Federal background check ($50 –money order only to NOAB, New Orleans Aviation Board)
  • Drug test ($20, paid to approved facility)
  • All partners or principal officers of the organization must pass these tests as well

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

Special Event CPNC’s are only granted to current CPNC holders for declared special events by the City Council. In order to meet transportation needs for special events and to ensure residents and visitors have safe and adequate service in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance of Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPNC) during special events.

In addition, CPNC holders can apply for a Special Needs CPNC license. These are granted by authority of the Mayor and are based on the needs of the event.

Special Event CPNC’s are only granted to current CPNC holders for declared special events by the City Council. In order to meet transportation needs for special events and to ensure residents and visitors have safe and adequate service in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance of Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPNC) during special events.

In addition, CPNC holders can apply for a Special Needs CPNC license. These are granted by authority of the Mayor and are based on the needs of the event.

There shall be compliance with all applicable provisions of the New Orleans City Code Chapter 162-197 prior to the issuance of the temporary CPNC for special events/special needs.

Duration: Valid during indicated special event and/or special need only.

Restrictions

  • No certificate shall be issued to other than a holder of a current group tour and special sightseeing, limousine or a per capita sightseeing CPNC.
  • Certificates shall only be issued for vehicles which qualify for a CPNC by being properly licensed, registered and insured.
  • Operators of such licensed vehicles shall themselves be licensed by the state to drive such vehicles, such license being a valid state driver's license.
  • All fees and charges for temporary certificates issued under this section shall be outlined in section 162-195).

Further restriction and documentation may apply, please review New Orleans City Code Chapter 162-197. If you have questions, contact Cheryl Adams at chadams@nola.gov or the Taxicab Bureau at (504) 658-7170.

Fees

  • $20.00 per day

Required documents/steps

  • Temporary CPNC Special Event/Special Needs Application and all required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall, Suite 2W84
  • Proof of insurance
  • Copy of vehicle registration
  • You must be a current Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPNC) holder to apply/hold this permit
  • Certificates shall only be issued for vehicles which qualify for a CPNC by being properly licensed, registered and insured
  • There shall be compliance with all applicable provisions of New Orleans City Code Chapter 162 prior to the issuance of the temporary CPNC for special events/special needs
  • All fees and charges for temporary certificates issued under this section shall be outlined in New Orleans City Code Section 162-195
  • For Special Event License
    • The temporary CPNC will be valid beginning at 12:00 noon on the day prior to the special event and will end at 12:00 noon the day following the special event
    • No certificate shall be issued to other than a holder of a current general charter, sightseeing, limousine or pedicab CPNC
  • For Special Needs License
    • A special need license is valid until midnight on the date indicated on the license
    • Any CPNC for hire company can apply for special needs licenses
  • For Operators
    • Operators of such licensed vehicles shall themselves be licensed by the state to drive such vehicles, such license being a valid Chauffeur’s or CDL State Driver's License
    • Operators must complete a federal background check at New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) - $50
    • Certified motor vehicle record (MVR) for past 2 yrs. (referred to as Motor Vehicle Record). The report must be dated within the past 30 days and it must come directly from the state DMV (please refer to your state's Dept. of Motor Vehicles website to see how to obtain a certified MVR)
    • Operator must take drug test at the approved locations - $20

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

Public Service Commission (PSC) and Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) certified bus companies are eligible for a special charter CPNC. Licensed ICC and PSC companies must be in full compliance with all relevant rules, regulations and requirements to operate in the City of New Orleans. Please refer to New Orleans City Code 162-190 for rules governing special charters. In order to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance of special charter licenses.

Public Service Commission (PSC) and Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) certified bus companies are eligible for a special charter CPNC. Licensed ICC and PSC companies must be in full compliance with all relevant rules, regulations and requirements to operate in the City of New Orleans. Please refer to New Orleans City Code 162-190 for rules governing special charters. In order to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance of special charter licenses.

Duration: Valid during time-frame approved on application only.

Restrictions

Further restriction and documentation may apply, please review New Orleans City Code 162-190. If you have questions, contact Cheryl Adams at chadams@nola.gov or the Taxicab Bureau at (504) 658-7170.

Fees

  • $10.00 per day
  • $50.00 per week

Required documents/steps

  • A Special Charter Application and all required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall, Suite 2W89
  • Proof of insurance coverage
  • Copy of vehicle registration

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

Pedicab rules and regulations are in a pilot phase as of 2012 and subject to change pending City Council review. 

Pedicab rules and regulations are in a pilot phase as of 2012 and subject to change pending City Council review. 

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

Driver’s Permits (or CPNC Operator's permits) are required for operators of for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing) - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

For pedicab permits, please visit Pedicab Operator's Permit.

Driver’s Permits (or CPNC permits) are required for operators of for hire vehicles - AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing - to ensure that every City of New Orleans’ citizen and visitor has access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Before applying, please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code, Chapter 162 and govern yourself accordingly.

Additionally, we strive to ensure that every customer is treated with courtesy, dignity and genuine hospitality. We understand that these services are essential to the city’s overall tourism and business industry; therefore, our goal is to work with the citizens, for hire industries, tourism industries, and various stakeholders to implement the highest service standard. These service standards will ensure customer satisfaction and promote the core values and objectives of the New Orleans Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau.

Duration: 2 years, expiring on applicant's birthday

Restrictions

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Louisiana Chauffeur’s License or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • An applicant for a driver’s permit must have resided for the past 6 months and presently resides in this parish or in one of the listed contiguous or non-contiguous parishes
  • Must be able to read and write English
  • Successfully complete a driver’s training course for new applicants administered by a company or third party company approved by the bureau
  • Defensive Driving Certificate from the a Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of Motor Vehicles approved defensive driving program. (List is available at https://expresslane.dps.louisiana.gov/CDLForms/certifiedDrivingSchoolLists.aspx).
  • Shall never have been convicted of anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics
  • Shall never have been convicted of multiple felony offenses
  • Shall not have been convicted of pandering, prostitution, soliciting for prostitution or illegal possession or use of narcotics within five years of the date of filing an application; nor shall the applicant have served any part of a sentence thereof within five years before the date of filing such application
  • Successfully complete annual driver’s training course administered by a company approved by the Bureau
  • Must successfully complete drug screening within ten (10) days of application

Fees

  • Federal background check: ~$50 (varies by provider)
  • Drug test: ~$20 (varies by provider)
  • Issuance of permit: $40
  • All fees are paid to different offices at different times. Fees at approved facility may change without notice.

Required documents/steps

Step 1: Collect the following documents and information

  • Completed application (if brought into the office completed, it must be notarized – if it is filled out and signed in person, it does not need to be notarized)
  • Valid LA Chauffer’s or CDL license - (with the exception of Animal Drawn)
  • Proof of Residency. The applicant must reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, or St. James Parish. Acceptable Documents: Utility bill, water bill, landline telephone bill, mortgage or notarized rental agreement in applicant’s name.
  • Certified motor vehicle record (MVR) for past 2 yrs. (referred to as motor vehicle record). The report must be dated within the past 30 days and it must come directly from the state DMV
  • Defensive driving certificate from Metropolitan Safety Council (class offered on-line at metrosafety.org) – or – from the Victor Manning Driving School. You must provide the original certificate.
  • Letter from the company the applicant will be driving for (referred to as a line letter)
  • Letter from an approved company indicating they’ve completed training (this is required only for a Pedicab Permit now, but will be required for all drivers in the future)

Step 2: Bring all of these documents to the New Orleans Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau office at City Hall, Suite 2W84. The office will then schedule your:

  • Federal Background Check/Criminal History Report performed by the Louisiana State Police or an FBI-
    Approved Channeler. Results must be returned directly to Bureau located at:
        Ground Transportation Bureau
        1300 Perdido St. Room 7W03                  or                     TaxiTests@nola.gov   
        New Orleans, LA 70112
     
  • Drug Test results from a CLIA certified laboratory of a Standard 5 Panel Urine Drug Test for 
    Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP - angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), and Opiates (including heroin, codeine and morphine) submitted directly to the Bureau via email to TaxiTests@nola.gov   
     
  • Schedule appropriate test 

Once all of these requirements are satisfied, the applicant will provide $40 payment for issuance of the permit itself (MasterCard, Discover Card, Cashier’s Check or Money Order. No cash. Credit cards must be issued in the applicant's name.)

Depending on what type of operator's permit (AT Taxicab (Wheelchair-accessible), Pedicabs, Animal Drawn, Courtesy, Limousine, Taxicab, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, General Charter, Sightseeing), further restrictions and documentation will apply, please refer to the New Orleans City Code Section 162. If additional information is needed, please contact Karen Thibodeaux (kmthibodeaux@nola.gov) or Yolanda Brownfield (ybrownfield@nola.gov) or the Taxicab Bureau: (504) 658-7176.

Issuing agency

Safety & Permits - Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

A Pedicab Operator’s Permit (a type of CPNC operator permit) is required for all drivers of pedicabs. 

A Pedicab Operator’s Permit is required for operators of all pedicabs to ensure that City of New Orleans’ citizens and visitors have access to safe, efficient, reliable, and accessible for hire transportation. Pedicab rules and regulations are in a pilot phase as of 2012 and subject to change pending City Council review. If you have additional questions about Pedicab processes, please contact Karen Thibodeaux (kmthibodeaux@nola.gov) or Yolanda Brownfield (ybrownfield@nola.gov) or the Taxi office: (504) 658-7176

Restrictions

  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Shall never have been convicted of anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of a felony or a misdemeanor or the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics.

Fees

  • Issuance of permit: $40 

Required documents/steps

Step 1: Submit all of the following documents and information at one time (incomplete documentation will not be accepted):

  • Completed application (if brought into the office completed, it must be notarized – if it is filled out and signed in person, it does not need to be notarized) and all required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall, Suite 2W84
  • Driver’s License from any U.S. State
  • Proof that driver is physically qualified to drive a pedicab safely and that hearing and eyesight is unimpaired (TFHV-Pedicab-Medical-Formform to be filled out and signed by a physician)
  • Defensive driving certificate from Metropolitan Safety Council (class offered on-line at metrosafety.org) – or – from the Victor Manning Driving School. You must provide the original certificate.
  • An original employment letter or independent operator agreement, completed by the company, in which the driver will be working
  • Original letter from approved company indicating that the applicant has successfully completed training

Step 2: Once your application and all documents have been accepted, the office will then schedule your:

  • Federal background check ($50 - by money order only to New Orleans Aviation Board)
  • Drug test ($20 - paid to approved facility)

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure that residents and visitors have options related to tours and hospitality in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance and renewal of licenses to Tour Planners.  To obtain an initial permit, Tour Guides must pass a test on the history and culture of New Orleans.

In order to ensure that residents and visitors have options related to tours and hospitality in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance and renewal of licenses to Tour Planners.  To obtain an initial permit, Tour Guides must pass a test on the history and culture of New Orleans.

Duration: Valid for 2 years, expiring on applicant’s birthday

Restrictions

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • No person who has been convicted of a felony within five years preceding the date of application shall be permitted to receive a tour guide license.

Fees

  • Permit fee $50.00
  • Payment for written test: $10.00

Required documents/steps

  • Completed application
  • Valid State issued identification card or driver's license
  • Pass written test on history and culture of New Orleans with a minmum score of 70%. At the discretion of the Department of Safety and Permits the applicant may be required to have a verbal examination and an interview.
  • Federal background check ($50 - money order only - paid to New Orleans Avaiation Board)
  • Drug test ($20 paid to drug testing facility)

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual, Equipment
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure that residents and visitors have options related to tours and hospitality in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance and renewal of licenses to Tour Planners. Tour Planners are required to maintain liability insurance, and maintain the authority to do business with the State and the City Bureau of Revenue. Please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code New Orleans City Code Chapter 30 and govern yourself accordingly.

In order to ensure that residents and visitors have options related to tours and hospitality in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance and renewal of licenses to Tour Planners. Tour Planners are required to maintain liability insurance, and maintain the authority to do business with the State and the City Bureau of Revenue. Please familiarize yourself with New Orleans City Code New Orleans City Code Chapter 30 and govern yourself accordingly.

Duration: All Tour Planner licenses expire annually on December 31

Restrictions

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Currently reside in Orleans Parish
  • All changes of individuals authorized to conduct business on behalf of the company shall be reported to the Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau within ten (10) working days of such changes. The failure to certify within such time or to possess the qualifications required of the individuals under this article shall be cause for the suspension of license held by such corporation, association, or partnership
  • A Tour Planner License may be either suspended or revoked by the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits for the following causes:
  • Violations of rules and regulations of conduct and ethics established by the Department of safety and Permits;
  • Nonpayment of fees; or
  • Issuance of a license on the basis of false and/or incomplete information furnished by the applicant
  • All Tour Planners must maintain a business office with a telephone number in Orleans Parish
  • All Tour Planner licenses expire annually on December 31. The Tour Planner License shall be applied for and renewed at a fee of $500.00 and provision of evidence that the business continues to possess the necessary qualifications for holding a Tour Planner License

Fees

  • $500.00 per year

Required documents/steps

All required documents must be delivered in person to New Orleans City Hall at 1300 Perdido Street, Suite 2W84, New Orleans, LA 70112

  • Completed application
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence. Acceptable Documents: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Residence Card
  • Proof of Residency (must be a resident of Orleans Parish) - Acceptable Documents: Utility bill, water bill, landline telephone bill, mortgage/rental agreement in applicant’s name
  • Certified copy of Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization and Louisiana Secretary of State identifying the name(s) and position(s) of all officers and members. Applicant must submit a notarized letter signed by the officer (s) and/or member (s) of the company authorizing the applicant to conduct business on behalf of the company
  • Orleans Parish Occupational/General Business License (Business required to maintain a business office in Orleans Parish)
  • Comprehensive Liability Insurance must be obtained in the amount of $300,000.00
  • A Fidelity Bond in the amount of $10,000.00 shall be secured by the business
  • Federal background check ($50 money order only to New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), allow 5-7 days for results)

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau

Electrical / Mechanical Contractor

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City.

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City. Electricians with ICC certifications who have passed LA State Licensing Board Examination can apply as Class "A" Electrical Contractors' ($125.00).

Duration: Valid for one year

Fees

  • Class A Electrical Contractor $125.00 annual (delinquent fee of $10.00 per month/ 1st business day after birthday. Licenses that are delinquent for over a year will have to retest with ICC in order to obtain another Class A license.)
  • Class A Electrical Contractor (inactive) $30.00 annual (delinquent fee of $10.00 per month/considered to be delinquint 1st business day after birthday)

Required documents/steps

This license may be obtained by either of the two ways: {A} National Testing- International Code Council (1-877-783-3926) – or – {B} State Testing-- Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors (2525 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (1-225-785-2301). You must submit a passing letter from ICC or if you passed the state test submit a copy of the State License (State Wide) and qualifying party letter and all requirements.

  • Complete the respective Electrical License Application(New or Renewal)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Present two current passport size photos.
  • Must submit current proof of insurance, General Liability not less than $500,000 and Workers Compensation no less than the state requirement. Note: In a situation where applicant claims to have no employees, he must present an affidavit notarized stating so.
  • Submit “Louisiana General Sales Tax number” card or letter from the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov (LDR).
  • Submit proof of Occupational/ General Business License (If out of Orleans Parish you must register your Parish Occupational License with the City of New Orleans, Bureau of Revenue, City Hall, Room 1W15  with a copy of your Parish Occupational License.
  • Proof of Federal ID number
  • Copy of Driver’s License or State Identification Card and previous Electrical License Card.
  • Original copy of State License (if applicable).
  • Inactive Status. Class “A” Electrical Contractor may, by written request and approval from the Director, change his license to inactive status. Inactive status must maintained for a period of one year. Must be renewed each year.

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits, Bureau of Revenue (to register out-of-state occupational license)

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City.

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City. Electricians with ICC certifications can apply as Class D Journeyman Electricians' ($60)

Duration: Valid for one year and must be renewed annually on or before birthday.

Fees

  • Class D Journeyman Electrician $60.00 annual
  • Delinquent fee of $5.00 per month (considered to be delinquent 1st business day after birthday)

Required documents/steps

  • Complete the respective Electrical License Application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Present two current passport size photos
  • Copy of Driver’s License or State Identification Card and previous Electrical License card (Letter of Passing from ICC for new applicants)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City.

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City. Electricians with ICC certifications can apply for Class C Maintenance Electricians License ($60.00).

Duration: Valid for one year and must be renewed annually on or before birthday.

Fees

  • Class C Maintenance Electrician $60.00 annual
  • A delinquent fee of $5.00 per month will assessed for late renewal (considered to be delinquent 1st business day after birthday)

Required documents/steps

  • Complete the respective license application
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Present two current passport size photos
  • Copy of Driver’s License or State Identification and previous license card (if renewing)
  • Copy of ICC passing letter (if testing was involved)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City.

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, electricians performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually an Electrical License from the City. Class E Electrician Trainees' ($30) Licenses.

Duration: Valid for 5 years, but must be renewed every year on or before birthday

Fees

  • Class E Electrician Trainee $30.00 annual
  • A delinquent fee of $5.00 per month will be assessed for late renewal (considered to be late 1st business day after birthday)

Required documents/steps

  • A letter from Local Union or Employer on company letterhead addressed to the Chief Electrical Inspector requesting Helper’s License with the following:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Complete the respective Electrical License Application
  • Present two current passport size photos
  • Copy of Driver’s License or State Identification and copy of previous license card upon renewal.

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Code Council (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as state regulations, mechanical contractors performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually a license from the City.

According to the International Code Council (ICC) and Louisiana Contractors Board as adopted by the City of New Orleans, mechanical contractors performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually a Mechanical Contractor License from the City. Gasfitters with ICC certifications can also apply for a Class A A/C Refrigeration license – you may hold either or both, however each have separate tests and separate payments. If you are a State Contractor – statewide you qualify for the Master Gasfitters License.

Duration: One year, renewed on your birthday (late fees apply starting the day after)

Restrictions

Only one Class "A" Master (A/C, Refrigeration and Gasfitters) Mechanical Contractor License holder is allowed per company.

Fees

  • Exam fee – determinded by the ICC
  • $110 fee for the license (Active)
  • $25 fee for the license (Inactive)
  • License renewal late fees are determined by the number of months from the date of your birthday which is your renewal date. It is $10 for each month you are deliquent.

Required documents/steps

Before your new license can be issued you must submit the following that apply to you. There will be no exceptions. Failure to provide the required information will cause a delay of issuance of your license. You must apply in person only if you are a new applicant.

  • National Testing - International Code Council – (877) 783-3926) - or - State Testing - Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (2525 Quail Dr. Baton Rouge, La 70808) (225) 765-2301. You must submit passing letter from ICC (http://www.iccsafe.org/Accreditation/Pages/default.aspx) or if state tested, a copy of State License (State Wide) qualifying party letter and all listed requirements.
  • Complete the respective Mechanical license application and be 18 years of age or older. You must present and submit:
    • Two current small passport size photos for each license
    • Current proof of insurance. General Liability not less than $500,000 and Workers Compensation no less than the State requirement. (Note: In a situation where applicant claims to have no employees, a notarized affidavit will be needed)
    • Verify “Louisiana General Sales Tax Number” from the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov.
    • Proof of Occupational/ General Business License. If out of Orleans Parish you must register your Parish Occupational License with the City of New Orleans in Room 1W15 located in City Hall with a copy of your Louisiana General Sales Tax Number and a copy of your Parish Occupational License.
    • Federal ID Number
    • State of Louisiana copy of the Articles of Incorporation and Initial Report of (company name)
    • Copy of Drivers License or State Identification
    • Applicable fee
  • Inactive Status: Class "A" Contractors may, by written request and approval from the Director, change his/her license to inactive status. Must still be renewed each year.

Renewals: If you are interested in renewing your license, you may do so by mail or in person. Licenses need to be renewed each year on or before the applicant’s birthday. Note: If your license has lapsed for more than two years, you will be required to take and pay for another test.

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits, Bureau of Revenue (to register your out-of-town occupational license)

You may also need

User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the Gas and A/C / Refrigeration code and International Code Council (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as, mechanical and gas contractors performing work within the City of New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually, a license from the City.

As adopted by the City of New Orleans, mechanical contractors performing work within New Orleans are required to obtain and renew annually a Journeyman Mechanic Contractor License and Gasfitters from the City. You may hold either or both, however each have separate tests and separate payments.

Duration: One year, renewal 90 days prior or before your birthday (late fees apply starting the day after)

Restrictions

  • Any person engaged in the trade of installing or repairing equipment, materials or apparatus must be employed by and work under the supervision of a Class A Master Contractor.

Fees

 

  • Exam fee – determinded by the ICC
  • $55 fee for the license (Active)
  • License renewal late fees are determined by the number of months from the date of your birthday which is your renewal date. It is $5 for each month you are deliquent.

Required documents/steps

Before your new license can be issued you must submit the following that apply to you. There will be no exceptions. Failure to provide the required information will cause a delay of issuance of your license.

Step 1: National Testing - International Code Council – (1-877-783-3926). You must pass an exam from ICC (http://www.iccsafe.org/Accreditation/Pages/default.aspx), collect and submit all listed requirements.

Step 2: You must apply in person if you are a new applicant. Complete the respective Mechanical license application. You must be 18 years of age or older. You must present and submit:

  • Present two current small passport size photos for each license
  • Copy of Drivers License or State Identification.
  • Make check or money order payable to the “City of New Orleans”
  • Copy of passing letter
  • Applicable fee

Renewals: If you are interested in you may do so by mail or in person. Licenses need to be renewed each year before the applicant’s birthday. Note: If your license has lapsed for more than two years, you will be required to take and pay for another test.

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

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Emergency Medical Services - EMS

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

As per New Orleans city ordinance all EMTs operating in Orleans Parish, regardless of level, are required to have an Orleans Parish EMT Permit. The permit is to be kept on the EMT's person at all times while performing EMT duties. Occasional compliance checks are done.

As per city ordinance all EMTs operating in Orleans Parish, regardless of level, are required to have an Orleans Parish EMT Permit. The permit is to be kept on the EMT's person at all times while performing EMT duties. Occasional compliance checks are done.

 

Fees

  • $35

Required documents/steps

Only new (first time) permits are issued by New Orleans EMS at 400 N. Jeff Davis Ave, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call (504) 658-1557 or (504) 799-5468.

All permit renewals should be mailed to New Orleans EMS at 400 N. Jefferson Davis Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119. Late fees will not be applied as long your renewal is post maked by the last day of the month.

The following materials must be submitted with the EMT permit application in original document form. Fraudulent copies will result in permit being revoked.

1. Current National Registry Certification Card

2. Current Louisiana Driver's License - Class D

3. State of Louisiana EMT Permit

4. Defensive Driving Certification - must not expire within 30 days of date of application

5. CPR Certification - must not expire within 30 days of date of application

6. ACLS Certification - must not expire within 30 days of date of application (Paramedics Only)

7. Annual Permit Fee of $35 by money order - payable to the City of New Orleans 

New Orleans EMS tracks expiration dates of all credentials. It is the responsibility of each medic and EMS Service to keep current copies on file with our office.  Any lapse will result in immediate revocation of permit, and the employee will be subject to a late fee and additional application fee to get it restored. Also, the EMS service can be assessed with fines and revocation of their owner’s permit.

A late fee of $100.00 will be assessed if the application is not submitted in its entirety prior to the expiration date or if the applicant fails to provide the City of New Orleans with updated copies of expired certifications. A fee of $135.00 will be assessed to all applicants who allow their LA State EMT License to lapse or their Orleans Parish Permit to be revoked.

Issuing agency

New Orleans EMS

Bed and Breakfast

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Bed & Breakfast license is required for an establishment that is an owner-occupied residential structure which provides sleeping rooms for overnight paid occupancy of up to seven (7) nights.

A Bed & Breakfast license is required for an establishment that is an owner-occupied residential structure which provides sleeping rooms for overnight paid occupancy of up to seven (7) nights. Proof of owner-occupancy shall be established by submission of proof of a homestead exemption or is the premises or similar proof of owner-occupancy and a copy of the act of sale. Once the B&B reaches a certain number of rooms it becomes a hotel and is subject to other taxes and fees.

Fees

  • Bed and breakfast-family home, i.e., where one or two rooms are available for rental, per year: $200.00
  • Bed and breakfast-guest house, i.e., where three to five rooms are available for rental, per year: $600.00
  • An annual occupational license tax of two dollars ($2.00) for each sleeping room is applicable for all bed and breakfast establishments having six (6) or more sleeping rooms.
  • The hotel occupancy privilege tax is charged to guests for the right to occupy sleeping rooms. This tax is in addition to sales tax and only applies to an establishment having three (3) to nine (9) sleeping rooms each having a private bath or shower. For 3 to 9 rooms, $0.50 per room per 24-hour period.

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue/Safety and Permits

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Vendors

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Mobile Vendor permit is 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.

A Mobile Vendor permit is 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. Mobile Vendor permits are not valid within the central business district area bounded by the Mississippi River on the east, Claiborne Avenue on the west, Esplanade Avenue on the north and Howard Avenue on the south. There are a set number of Mobile Vendor permits available for any given year or season.

This permit process is also used for Second Line Vendors. Click here for more information about mobile vending.

Restrictions

Not valid within the Central Business District area bounded by the Mississippi River on the east, Claiborne Avenue on the west, Esplanade Avenue on the north and Howard Avenue on the south.

Fees

  • Mobile Food Vendor:
    • Annual Mobile Vending permit fee (cooked food, pies, cakes): $305.25 
    • Occupational License-$150.00 
    • Mayoralty Permit-$100.25 
    • Sales Tax Deposit-$50.00 
    • Identification Card-$5.00 
  • NOFD Mobile / Temporary Vendor Permit (if preparing food on site):

    • Annual Permit: $50
    • Food Sold in Streets (fruit/vegetables sold from motor drawn cart): $305.25
    • Food Sold in Streets (fruit/vegetables sold on foot or by cart): $305.25 
    • Food Sold in Streets (candies, nuts, ice cream): $230.25 
    • Food Sold in Streets (tamales, hot dogs): $230.25 
    • Home manufactured or home grown products sold on foot: $205.25 
    • Homemade artifacts: $205.25 
    • Novelties sold on the streets (not during Mardi Gras): $255.25

Required documents/steps

  • Complete and submit to the Bureau of Revenue the Schedule A form, plus
  • Mobile/Temporary Vendor Permit form  (if preparing food on site)
  • Get a LA State Health Permit: 1450 Poydras St., Suite 1204, New Orleans, LA 70112,  (504) 568-7970

If during Mardi Gras:

Adult Services

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Adult Services license is required for adult book stores and other adult-themed businesses.

An Adult Services license is required for anyone providing services or goods that fall into the following business categories:

  • Adult Book Store
  • Escort
  • Escort Service Operator
  • Escort Service Telephone Operator

Fees

  • Adult Book Store $2,500.25 (Adult literature, videos, etc)
  • Escort $250.00
  • Escort Service Operator $500.00
  • Escort Service Telephone Operator $250.00

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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Amusement & Game

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Amusement and Game license is required for video poker devices and other similar games.

An Amusement and Game license is required for anyone providing services or goods that fall into the following business categories:

  • Video Poker Devices
  • Mechanical/Electronic device / equipment
  • Keno, bingo, and raffle

Fees

  • Arcades with coin-operated machines
    • 101+ Games: $1,000.00
    • 1-5 Games: $100.00
    • 51-100 Games: $500.00
    • 6-50 Games: $300.00
    • seasonal: $250.00 (6 Months or less)
  • Mechanical/Electronic Device License
    • All other: $15.00 per device
    • Video Draw Poker: $50.00 per device
    • Video games, pinball or flipper devices: $50.00 per device
  • Raffle- one annually: $10.00
  • Bingo lessor: $1,000.00
  • Bingo, keno and raffles: $100.00

Required documents/steps

Mechanical/Electronic/Video Poker License:

Bingo, Keno, or Raffle permit or license:

  • Schedule A
  • Application form
  • Copy of letter from the I.R.S. showing tax exempt status in accordance with 501c 3, 4, 8, or 19 statues.
  • Affidavit on each person conducting or aiding with the games that they are active members of the organization, responsible for operations and a domicile of Orleans Parish.
  • Sworn affidavit by applicant that he does not conduct a bingo, keno or raffle in any other parish of this state.
  • Photo copy of State’s Bingo, Keno or Raffle license.

Pawn Broker

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Pawnbroker license is required for any person who lends money on a deposit, a pledge or who takes an item or items into possession as security for money advanced or who makes a public display at his/her place of business of the sign generally used by pawnbrokers to denote the business, or who publicly exhibits a sign that money is to be loaned on things on deposit.

A Pawnbroker license is required for any person who lends money on a deposit, a pledge or who takes an item or items into possession as security for money advanced or who makes a public display at his/her place of business of the sign generally used by pawnbrokers to denote the business, or who publicly exhibits a sign that money is to be loaned on things on deposit.

Fees

  • $50.25 Annual Permit fee
  • $300.00 Occupational License fee

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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Last updated: 11/5/2013 9:38:22 AM

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