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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Business Permits & Licenses

Bed and Breakfast

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Bed & Breakfast license is required for an establishment that is an owner-occupied residential structure which provides sleeping rooms for overnight paid occupancy of up to seven (7) nights.

A Bed & Breakfast license is required for an establishment that is an owner-occupied residential structure which provides sleeping rooms for overnight paid occupancy of up to seven (7) nights. Proof of owner-occupancy shall be established by submission of proof of a homestead exemption or is the premises or similar proof of owner-occupancy and a copy of the act of sale. Once the B&B reaches a certain number of rooms it becomes a hotel and is subject to other taxes and fees.

Fees

  • Bed and breakfast-family home, i.e., where one or two rooms are available for rental, per year: $200.00
  • Bed and breakfast-guest house, i.e., where three to five rooms are available for rental, per year: $600.00
  • An annual occupational license tax of two dollars ($2.00) for each sleeping room is applicable for all bed and breakfast establishments having six (6) or more sleeping rooms.
  • The hotel occupancy privilege tax is charged to guests for the right to occupy sleeping rooms. This tax is in addition to sales tax and only applies to an establishment having three (3) to nine (9) sleeping rooms each having a private bath or shower. For 3 to 9 rooms, $0.50 per room per 24-hour period.

Required documents/steps

 

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue/Safety and Permits

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User guides

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
Yes

On December 1, 2016, the City Council adopted a series of ordinances which amended both the City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and the City Code to define and permit "Short Term Rentals" in zoning districts throughout the city and to create a licensing process for these uses. These ordinances will take effect on April 1, 2017.

A complete summary of the regulations can be found here, and a table of what types of rentals are allowed in which zoning districts can be found here. To find out what your property is zoned, please use our lookup tool at property.nola.gov

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance provides detailed use standards for operation of Short Term Rentals, which include, but are not limited to, the following will take effect on April 1, 2017:

Short Term Rentals - Generally

  • The license placard provided by Safety and Permits must be prominently displayed on the front facade of the structure in a location clearly visible from the street during all periods of occupancy.
  • Short Term Rentals are not permitted outdoors, in an accessory structure (e.g. shed, garage, etc.), or in a recreational vehicle.
  • Only one party of guests are permitted per Short Term Rental.
  • Use of the Short Term Rental for any commercial or social events is prohibited.
  • The Short Term Rental shall outwardly appear as a residential dwelling.
  • Short Term Rentals shall not adversely affect the residential character of the neighborhood nor shall the use generate noise, vibration, glare, odors, or other effects that unreasonably interfere with any person's enjoyment of his or her residence.

Restrictions

The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance allows specific Short Term Rental types in specific zoning districts. The list below provides a summary of all zoning districts and what is allowed in each. If there is a "P" in the Use Table, that type of Short Term Rental is a permitted use and a license must be obtained to operate legally. If there is a "C" that means the use must receive specific approval as a Conditional Use. If the space is blank, the use is not allowed. To find the zoning of your property, please visit property.nola.gov external link external link external link.

Please note: the HU-B1A Overlay indicated on the City's property viewer does not modify the standards of any base zoning district other than the HU-B1A District and does not authorize an application for Conditional Use approval in any base zoning district other than the HU-B1A District.

Fees

In accordance with Section 26-617 of the City Code, the fee schedule for Short Term Rental licenses is as follows:

  • Accessory Short Term Rental: $200.00/year
  • Temporary Short Term Rental (with Homestead Exemption): $50.00 per application period.
  • Temporary Short Term Rental (without Homestead Exemption): $150.00 per application period.
  • Commercial Short Term Rental: $500.00/year

Required documents/steps

 

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

Contact

str@nola.gov

504-658-7144

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Last updated: 11/6/2013 12:04:41 PM

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