New Orleans, LA

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On December 1, 2016, the City Council of New Orleans has amended both the City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and the City Code to permit and regulate "Short Term Rentals". The amending ordinances will take effect on April 1, 2017.

 

Types of Short Term Rentals

The City of New Orleans has defined 3 types of Short Term rentals with specific limitations each (see ordinance 27209). The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance allows specific Short Term Rental types in specific zoning districts, check out this page.

 

  • Accessory Short Term Rentals : owners-occupants must be the permanent resident and must be present during any STR occupancy

Up to 3 bedrooms may be rented to Guests.

No more than 6 guests.

Prohibited in the French Quarter (Vieux Carré).

Licensing requirement : proof of owner-occupancy will be established by verification of a Homestead Exemption in the name of the applicant.

 

  • Temporary Short Term Rentals : owners-occupants must be the permanent resident but the the entire dwelling can be rented without his/her presence

Maximum of 90-rental nights per licence year.

Up to 5 bedrooms may be rented to Guests.

No more than 2 guests per bedroom.

Prohibited in the French Quarter (Vieux Carré).

 

  • Commercial Short Term Rentals : allows property owners to operate STR as a commercial business so he/she does not need to be present during the rental period

 Limited to 5 bedrooms.

No more than 10 guests.

Only allowed in non-residential zoning district / prohibited in non-VCE portions of the French Quarter. Licensing requirement : change of use permit may be required.

 

For more information about licensing, visit this page on the City of New Orleans website and read this official brochure.

Concerning Bed & Breakfasts : there are divided between “Accessory” and “Principal” types. Hosts of B&B must obtain a licence from the Bureau of Revenue. To learn more about this type of tourist accommodations and find useful contact, visit this page on the official City website.

 

Short Term Rental Licence

Each short term rentals must be licensed before beginning of activity : beginning March 1, 2017, applications may be filed in-person (at the City's One Stop for Permits and Licenses) or online.

The application will require supporting documents like certificate of compliance with applicable provisions of the City Codes, fire safety regulations and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

The Department of Safety and Permits can also request more documentation at the moment of application or after licence issuance, like a completed application for a Change of Use Building Permit. For more details about the application procedure forthcoming, see section 26-614 of the City Code.  

For more information about licensing, visit this page on the City of New Orleans website and read this official brochure.

 

Short term rentals standards and requirements

Mind that Short Term Rentals are expected not to affect the residential character of the neighborhood by noise vibration, glare, odors, or other effects that unreasonably interfere with any person's enjoyment of his or her residence. The rental must respect all the relevant regulations of City's Minimum Property Maintenance, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes.

The Short Term Rental must have a fire extinguisher and working smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on all habitable floors. It must also respect all the relevant local, state and federal laws.

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.

For more information about licensing, visit this page on the City of New Orleans website and read this official brochure.

 

Liability insurance

The Hosts must also maintain valid liability insurance of $500,000 or more.

 

Tax

  • City of New Orleans : the City imposes Sales and Use Tax on the renting of accommodation. You can find more informations and return forms here. Both City and State sales taxes can be remitted together online.  
  • State of Louisiana : the State may impose different taxes upon the renting of an accommodation, including General Sales and Use Tax.