An Occupational License

Steps to Start a Business in St. Tammany Parish 
Pre-Application Meeting (optional), Department of Planning & Development: 985-898-2529
 
The intent of the pre-application meeting is to prepare applicants for the permitting process and provide technical guidance to assist them in determining which regulations may apply and what steps must be taken in order to obtain approvals.
 
Please note that the scope of your project will determine which step you will need to take to obtain a permit to operate a business.
 
Information needed to determine the type of permit required

Operate a business out of my home.

1. Obtain a Home Office/Occupation Application - Department of Planning & Development: 985-898-2529.
 
2. Submit the following items:

   1. Notarized Signature on Application Form
   2. Recorded copy of Deed/Title and legible typed legal description.
   3. One-time fee in the amount of $50.
 
3. Review of the application & issuance of approval letter.
 
4. Business Owner submit approval letter to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to apply for the Occupational license (985-726-7790). (Note: Annual Occupational License fees are paid to the Sheriff’s Office)

Operate a business out of an existing commercial facility.

  1. Contact Department of Planning & Development: (985-898-2529) to determine if intended use is allowed under current zoning.
  2. If zoning is correct, other requirements may be required based on the Unified Development Code.
  3. If improvements will be made to the existing structure – Contact Department of Permits & Inspections (985-898-2574) to determine if commercial building permit is required.
  4. Once construction is complete and all requirements to obtain occupancy have been met, the Department of Planning & Development will then issue an approval letter to obtain Occupational License to be issued by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. (Note: Annual Occupational License fees are paid to the Sheriff’s Office)
Start a new business and construct a new facility.

Contact Department of Planning & Development: (985-898-2529) to determine if the intended use for the proposed property is allowed under current zoning. If the proposed use is not allowed and another property cannot be considered, an application for a zoning change will need to be submitted. (Note: If zoning change is needed, allow for a minimum of 4 months to complete the approval process)

Apply for a Commercial building permit (Commercial Plan review application form)

Once occupancy is issued – the Department of Planning & Development will issue an approval letter to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for the issuance of an occupational license. (Note: Annual Occupational License fees are paid to the Sheriff’s Office)

stpso1Once you have completed all the steps for the type of permit needed and have your approval letter from the Department of Planning & Development, you can complete the process with the St. Tammany Sherriff’s Office.


 
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Apply for an Occupational License
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