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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


Special Event Permit

Mardi Gras, Event/Film
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A Special Event permit is required for anyone who acts as a: 

  • Itinerant (Roaming) Vendor
  • Stationary/Trade Show Vendor
  • Promoter
  • Sporting Event Vendor
  • Alcoholic Beverages being sold or distributed at a special event



Vendors must wait until after their event promoter/organizer has applied for permits before applying as a vendor at the event.


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

  • Promoters, not individual vendors, must first obtain the approval City Council member in whose district the event will be taking place. The Council District will be notified electronically by our internal system to review. However, if the event is expected to be particularly large, loud, or disruptive the promoter may wish to discuss the event with the Councilmember prior to application. Click here for Council contact information.
  • Complete the Master Event Application, plus:
  • Supplement A - Special Event Promoter/Vendor
  • Supplement G - Safety and Security (Promoter ONLY)
  • Lease or Property/Land Authorization agreement (Promoter ONLY)
  • Vendor List. The list must include: business trade name, mailing address, contact person, contact phone number (Promoter ONLY)
  • Bond Requirements (for profit only): $10,000 performance bond is required if 3 or more vendors participating (Promoter ONLY)
  • Plan/contract to dispose of all waste 
  • Submit all to the One Stop Shop, City Hall, 7th floor, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans 70112

You may also need

Depending on the details of your event/show, you may need to fill out and submit additional supplements or documents. Please start by completing the Master Event Application and as indicated:

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Last updated: 4/6/2015 5:11:55 PM

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