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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


Demolition Permit

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A Demolition permit is required by an owner who wishes to demolish a building even if he/she plans to rebuild on the property. If the structure has been declared to be in “imminent danger of collapse” or a “public health nuisance” and is beyond repair, the owner is responsible for demolishing the property as soon as possible in order to not endanger other persons or property. This will most often occur following a major fire. It is the policy of the City that a building inspector, accompanied by a historic district inspector, conducts a site visit to verify the imminent threat of the property. If the structure poses no imminent threat and you have all the required documents and approvals a permit will be issued after the review process is completed. 


  • $95 plus $5 per $1000 of demolition cost
  • If the demolition requires a Certificate of Appropriateness, a 50% surcharge is added to the permit fee
  • If a property requires Neighborhood Conservation District Committee review, the fee is $250 for residential structures and $500 for multi-family or commercial structures
  • If demolition started prior to permitting, there is a 500% penalty surcharge added to the original permit fee

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Last updated: 6/7/2016 10:28:32 AM

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