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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Building Code Requirements for Short Term Rentals

Pursuant to the role of Safety and Permtis as the Building Code Authority for the City of New Orleans, the Department is providing the following guidelines for Building Code compliance for Short Term Rentals and Bed and Breakfasts.

International Residential Code

Short Term Rentals: Structures which will house Accessory or Temporary Short Term Rentals may be classified as One-Family or Two-Family Dwellings under the International Residential Code, as adopted and amended by the City of New Orleans.

Bed and Breakfasts: Structures which will house Accessory Bed and Breakfasts containing not more than three (3) guest rooms may be classified as One-Family Dwellings under the International Residential Code, as adopted and amended by the City of New Orleans.

International Building Code

Short Term Rentals: Structures which will house Commercial Short Term Rentals shall be classified as a Residential Group R-3 occupancy under the International Building Code, as adopted and amended by the City of New Orleans.

Bed and Breakfasts: Structures which will house Accessory Bed and Breakfasts containing four (4) guest rooms and Principal Bed and Breakfasts (regardless of the number of guest rooms) shall be classified as a Residential Group R-3 occupancy under the International Building Code, as adopted and amended by the City of New Orleans.

Resources and Additional Information

  • The Chief Building Official for the City of New Orleans issued a formal guidance memo outlining these requirements, which can be downloaded here.
  • Information on requirements to obtain a building permit from the City of New Orleans is provided at www.nola.gov/onestop external link, and applications may be filed online through our online permitting portal onestopapp.nola.gov external link.
  • For additional information on the City's Amendments to the International Building Code and International Residential Code, please see Section 26-15 of the City Code external link.
 
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