A Structural Renovation permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to renovate an existing building. Structural renovations, such as changes to a foundation, beams, load-bearing walls, and other structural members, or additions require submission of plans. After submitting your plans, they will go through the plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified. The only types of Structural Renovation permits which may be issued without plan review are permits obtained by licensed elevation or shoring companies where the entire structure is proposed to be raised.
Duration: When review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.
Flood Repair Permits
Due to recent flooding situations, we are expecting a higher than normal filings for non-structural renovation permits. We want to make sure you come to our prepared with all of the documents that you need to obtain your permit in a single visit.
If your building did not experience structural damage, but you still need to repair portions like floors, drywall, cabinetry, and electrical outlets, please click here to learn about the 4 things you will need to get your permit.
If your scope of work includes STRUCTURAL repairs, professional drawings stamped by a licensed architect or engineer WILL BE REQUIRED, and you should expect to wait a fews before the permit is issued in order for plan review to be performed.
NOTE: Permits directly related to flood damage resulting from the August 5, 2017 flood event will have all associated permitting fees waived.