Safety and Permits
Welcome to the Department of Safety and Permits. This office is responsible for:
- Administering and enforcing standards for the construction and use of buildings and property.
- Promoting and protecting the public's interest and safety to life and property.
- Enforcing the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinances (CZO) to protect the quality of our neighborhoods.
- Enforcing City Code provisions relative to the regulation of Taxi Cabs and Motor Vehicle inspections (brake tags).
Effective February 1, 2018 the city of New Orleans will adopt the following updated building codes: IBC 2015, IRC 2015, IMC 2015 and NEC 2014.
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.
NOTE: Permits directly related to flood damage resulting from the August 5, 2017 flood event will have all associated permitting fees waived.
Find more information about flood recovery including mold and mosquito prevention, debris removal, and resources by clicking here.
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