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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Business Permits & Licenses

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, 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 Revenue Form and submit to the City of New Orleans Bureau of Revenue, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W15 - (504) 658-1666
    • Once your Revenue Form is approved, you'll then fill out a Schedule A form
    • 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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Last updated: 11/6/2013 12:04:12 PM

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