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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Short Term Rental Licensing Requirements

In accordance with the City Code, the Department of Safety and Permits will begin issuing licenses for authorized types of Short Term Rentals on April 1, 2017. The online application portal will be opened in advance of the effective date to allow interested operators to file applications early so the City can issue licenses promptly.

How to Apply

Beginning on March 13, 2017, applications for Short Term Rental licenses may be filed in-person at the City's One Stop for Permits and Licenses on the 7th Floor of City Hall or online at Depending on which online rental platform you utilize, the platform may offer 'pass-through' registration, where the platform will collect your application information and provide it to the City of New Orleans for processing. If you choose to register through that method, City staff will contact applicants for any additional information that may be needed and to let the applicant know when the fees can be paid so the license can be issued.

Application Requirements

Applicants for Short Term Rental licenses will need to provide the following attestations or documentations depending on the license type requested. Any information provided by attestation may require further documentation either during the application review process or any time during the period of license validity to ensure compliance with the City Code.

Any material misrepresentation or false statements committed in the attestations, required documents, or any other application materials are grounds for immediate revocation of the Short Term Rental license.

  1. All applicants must submit an attestation that the following requirements are met and that they understand the limitations of the license being applied for:
    • The property has current, valid liability insurance of $500,000 or more.
    • Each licensed dwelling has working smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on all habitable floors.
    • Each licensed dwelling has a properly maintained and charged fire extinguisher.
    • Each dwelling will provide a posting which provides emergency contact information and a floor plan indicating fire exits and escape routes, which shall be posted in a prominent location.
    • Certification that the property is in compliance with the City's Minimum Property Maintenance, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes.
    • Certification that the property does and will continue to comply with all Use Standards of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for the specific license type.
    • That the owner/operator has made best efforts to notify immediately adjoining properties of an application for a STR license.
    • Certification that the property has no outstanding taxes or liens.
    • Certification that if the applicant is a renter, the property owner has consented to using the property as a short term rental.
  2. The following information must be provided to the Department of Safety and Permits upon request, either during the application period or any time during the period of license validity to ensure compliance with the City Code:
    • A floor and/or site plan indicating the location of the required smoke detectors, fire extinguisher, and emergency contact/fire exit posting attested to during the application process.
    • A completed application for a Change of Use Building Permit when required by the Department of Safety and Permits.
    • Contact information for both the property owner/applicant and the local contact (if applicable), including a physical mailing address, cell phone number and email address.
    • A copy of the Conditional Use Ordinance and the approved, recorded plans (if applicable).
    • A list of the rental platforms to be utilized.
    • The name and current physical address of a natural person in Orleans Parish upon whom service of process may be made.


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Last updated: 8/2/2017 2:08:43 PM

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