Apply For A Louisiana Building Permit

When is a building permit required in Louisiana?

Building permits are generally required in Louisiana for any new construction, renovations of existing buildings, and demolishing work. New construction can include small projects such as fences, sheds, and detached garages. Except in limited circumstances, finishing work such as painting, tiling, and carpeting does not require a building permit. The scope of permit requirements in Louisiana depend on the local municipality.

Where in Louisiana should I apply for my building permit?

Building permits are issued at the local level in Louisiana, normally from the government of the city where the property is located. In some areas of the state, permits are issued at the parish level. One example of this is Washington Parish where all building permits are processed by the parish and not the individual towns and cities.

What information does the permit application typically require?

The building permit application in most Louisiana cities normally requires you to give some basic information concerning the proposed construction project. This information includes:

• Address of the property
• Name and contact information of the owner
• The names, contact information, and license numbers for any contractors being used
• Description of the proposed construction
• Type of project (change in occupancy, addition, new construction, remodel, etc.)
• Project cost
• Dimensions of proposed structure

In addition to a completed application form, you will also need to submit copies of drawn plans of the proposed construction and the permit fee. If your project requires approvals from other government departments, you may need to submit copies of these with your permit application as well. Pre-approvals that may be required before you file your permit application in Louisiana include flood zone determinations and approvals.

Are there special requirements for historic districts?

Yes, many Louisiana cities have additional requirements if your proposed construction will take place in an historic district. This normally involves getting special approval for the project in addition to your building permit. For example, New Orleans requires that you receive permission from the Vieux Carre Commission for any work being planned in the Vieux Carre District, including basic cosmetic work such as painting. Projects in historic districts of New Orleans other than the Vieux Carre must get permission from the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Other cities in Louisiana have similar requirements as well.  


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