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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Occupational/General Business

Occupational/General Business License

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 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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Last updated: 12/3/2014 4:36:12 PM

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