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.