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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


Sidewalk Café Permit

Building/Construction, Business
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A Sidewalk Café permit is required to operate a food and/or drink service on a sidewalk in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of what is being sold in your café, you may need other permits to comply with the applicable City of New Orleans Code.


  • $850 permit fee for Canal Street between N. and S. Claiborne Ave. and the Mississippi River
  • $250 permit fee for all other areas
  • $2/sq ft fee due annually

Required documents/steps

  • Sidewalk Café Application
  • Graphic requirement drawing 
  • Copy of occupational license 
  • Drawing, pictures, catalogues of all furniture elements 
  • Letter from property owner in support of café 
  • Copy of Alcohol Beverage Permit (if applicable)

Issuing agency

Public Works, Bureau of Revenue

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Last updated: 2/6/2014 12:50:40 PM

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