Certificate of Occupancy in City of New Orleans, Louisiana

The City of New Orleans issues following types of Certificate of Occupancy

Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued when a commercial project is done in phases and prior approval is granted by the Building Official. The owner may obtain a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for partial occupancy of the project.

Application Procedure

Download and Submit the Building Permit Master Application or Apply Online

Fees

$60 per residential unit or $125 per commercial unit

Certificate of Occupancy – Home Business

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for home-based businesses operating in City of New Orleans- Orleans Parish only. Each business location must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits.

Required Documents

Fee

The fee for issuing certificate of occupancy for home-based businesses is $190.

Certificate of Occupancy – Construction Trailer

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for construction trailers installed in the City of New Orleans. Each trailer must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits. Construction trailers are only permitted in conjunction with construction projects which have obtained building permits from Safety & Permits.

Required Documents

  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING PERMIT MASTER APPLICATION
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Letter from property owner giving permission for property use for the permit purpose
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership (if applicable)

Fees

  • $190

Certificate of Occupancy – No Work

A Certificate of Occupancy is required to ensure your business location complies with all current zoning and building laws. Most commercial buildings have an existing Certificate of Occupancy for the property, however an inspection of the premises is required when the use or the occupant changes. It may be necessary to obtain a new Certificate of Occupancy under the following conditions: use of the property will change, the building does not meet current building code standards for the proposed use, or the building has been out of use for over six months. If you plan to or are required to make alterations or repairs, see the sections here for more information. No inspection will be made unless: the applicant or authorized representative is present on the premises, utility services are established and operating, and all equipment has been installed and connected.

Duration:

Same day in some situations, 2-3 days if an inspection is required.

Fees

  • $190