When Do I Need Or Not Need A Permit


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When do I need a Permit?

Any construction work within the Metairie Ridge Tree Protection District (MRTPD) and the Old Metairie Neighborhood Conservation District (OMNCD) that could potentially damage a significant tree, will require a permit.

When you want to:

  • Construct
  • Enlarge
  • Alter
  • Repair
  • Move
  • Demolish
  • Change the occupancy (of) a building or structure
  • Construction work, including driveways, sidewalks, retaining walls, etc., within the Metairie Ridge Tree Protection District (MRTPD) and the Old Metairie Neighborhood Conservation District (OMNCD) also requires a tree preservation application.

All required permit(s) must be obtained before any work is begun. Anyone who wishes to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, to include propane or natural gas generators, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes, shall be properly licensed and apply for inspection (filing) with the Code Enforcement Department before any work can commence.

Replacement or installation of water heaters, toilets, faucets, etc. require filing by JP licensed plumber, gas fitter, etc. Replacement or installation of air conditioning, heating equipment requires filing by JP licensed mechanical contractor. Replacement or installation of electrical service panels, light fixtures, ceiling fans, switches, outlets, etc. requires filing by a JP licensed electrician.

No work may be done before a permit is obtained.

Fencing, storage sheds, carports, etc., of any size and permanently installed emergency or backup electrical generators require a building permit. All structures and exterior equipment such as A/C units, water heaters, and generators, must comply with zoning requirements for distance from property lines.

Sidewalks, driveway aprons, curb cuts, which are all on the Public Right of Way, require a permit from the JP Department of Engineering:

Yenni Bldg. Suite 802, (504)736-6505.

Driveways, retaining walls, excavations such as for subsurface drainage or sewer repair, and any other activity which may affect tree root systems in the Metairie Ridge Tree Preservation District (MRTPD) require a Tree Preservation permit from Code Enforcement.

Most construction activities in the Old Metairie Neighborhood Conservation District (OMNCD) require application to the Jefferson Parish Planning Department for OMNCD approval.

Yenni Bldg. Suite 601, (504)736-6320.

When do I NOT need a Permit?

A building permit shall not generally be required for the following, unless in the opinion of the code official, it involves a hazardous or complex condition which requires permitting and inspection:

  • Interior painting, tiling, carpeting and similar finish work 
  • Paving of walkways, driveways, or other non-structural paving on private property 
  • Exterior painting when not requiring protective scaffolding over public property
  • Change of roof covering (only) and/or gutter work with respect to one- and two-family dwellings
  • Replace soffit and/or fascia (only) on all Type V unprotected construction
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R, Division 3 occupancy which are less than twenty-four (24) inches (610 mm) deep
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems
  • Playhouses, swings and other similar playground equipment
  • Construction shacks or trailers on construction sites, during the time of active construction
  • Construction of on-grade parking lots, re-striping of such lots, or driveways connecting thereto. However, all such construction must be approved by the Department of Public Works Engineering Site Plan Review Section before commencement of work on such parking lots. The Department of Public Works approval is required to perform work on all driveways on public property.

Generally, work authorized under permit issued must begin within 6 months of permit issuance. For maximum construction time allowed, consultation with the Department is recommended.

Minor repairs.

Minor ordinary repairs may be made with the approval of the Inspection and Code Enforcement Department, without a building permit.  Such repairs shall not violate any of the provisions of the technical codes or any other Parish laws or ordinances.

Minor ordinary repairs shall not include the removal of any wall, partition, or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, the removal or change of any required means of egress, rearrangement of contents or parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, addition to or alteration of any water supply, sewer, drain, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping.  Nor shall any minor ordinary repairs include electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or other work which may affect or be injurious to health, public safety, or general welfare.

The information provided above is intended to be general guidelines only.  Please contact us if you need further details or clarification.