Apply for a Permit
The VCC helps preserve the “quaint and distinctive” character of the Vieux Carré by regulating changes to their significant features. The VCC does not prevent owners from making changes, but rather works with them to ensure that planned changes are appropriate to the character and style of their buildings.
All work undertaken on the exterior of any building, old or new, in the Vieux Carré, whether it is visible from the street or not, requires a permit from the Commission. The exterior of a building includes all elements exposed to the weather, including front, side and back walls, patios, galleries, balconies, floors, fences, signs, exterior stairs, passageways, carriageways, and sidewalks.
VCC permits are required for the following exterior work:
Any restoration, alteration, reconstruction, demolition, or new construction that affects the property or exterior of a building, if the project requires a permit from the Department of Safety & Permits
Any project that affects the exterior, even if a permit is not required from the Department of Safety & Permits
VCC permits are required for the following interior work:
Projects that affect the structural design and integrity of a building within the Vieux Carré
Projects that affect the exterior of a building