Initiating the Application
Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carré Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC), specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into three categories: general work, paint, and signs (including temporary banners).
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Processing by Staff
Upon submission of the application, the Commission’s staff review the work proposed. If the staff determines that the application is for ordinary maintenance and repair or for work which conforms with adopted Commission policies for which the staff has the authority to approve, the staff issues a permit, usually within three (3) working days. Please refer to the VCC Administrative Procedures for details regarding the work staff is authorized to approve, or review the chart below for quick reference.
If the staff determines work does not conform to policies or is of a nature for which the staff lacks approval authority, the application goes to the Architectural Committee for review at its next meeting, provided that the application is received no later than two weeks prior to that meeting. This time is required for the preparation of staff reports.
Architectural Committee Review
At the Architectural Committee Meeting, members either approve applications or formulate a recommendation to the full Commission on those proposals which require Commission review and approval. Applicants will be notified in writing of Architectural Committee actions and recommendations. Please refer to the VCC Administrative Procedures for details regarding the work the Committee is authorized to approve.
Any action of the Committee may be appealed by the applicant to the Commission within thirty (30) days of the date that the VCC notifies the applicant, in writing, of its actions. The matter will be heard before the full Commission at its next monthly Commission meeting.
Full Commission Assessment
When an application goes to a full Commission meeting, after a staff presentation and public comment, the Commission votes in public to either approve, deny or defer action on the application. The applicant is notified in writing of the Commission's decision. Please refer to the VCC Administrative Procedures for details regarding the work the Commission is authorized to approve.
Any action of the Commission may be appealed by the applicant to the New Orleans City Council within thirty (30) days of the date that the Commission notifies the applicant, in writing, of its actions. When a proposed demolition is involved, the Commission usually requires that said proposal lay over for one month before taking final action.
Agendas for both Architectural Committee and Commission meetings are sent to the applicant, the property owner and the architect. Also copies of the agenda are available at the Commission's office during the week prior to the meeting or online. All Architectural Committee and Commission meetings are open to the public