Permits - Overview

Alcoholic Beverage Permits

Prior to dispensing alcoholic beverages in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish or the Village of Jean Lafitte, each business must apply for and obtain an alcoholic beverage permit. Applicants must meet certain qualifications (age, residency, citizenship, etc.) and there are limitations on the location of the business (zoning, proximity to schools, churches, public libraries, etc.). 

If your business is located within the municipal limits of Grand Isle, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner or Westwego, please contact the proper municipality as shown in the listing of Cities and Towns for appropriate instructions. 

Alcoholic Beverage Permit Instructions

All businesses must complete, sign and notarize an Alcoholic Beverage Permit Application. Each owner, partner, officer or person owning 5% or more stock in the corporation, and managers must complete, sign and notarize Schedule A. Upon completing Schedule A, each applicant must bring it and be photographed and fingerprinted. Applicants may be photographed and fingerprinted at:

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Administration Building
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058

Persons domiciled out of town must appear before the local law enforcement agency serving their area to be fingerprinted and photographed. Qualifications and conditions of applicants may be found in Section 4-17 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances.

New applications must be accompanied by:

  • A notarized copy of any/all leases, subleases or monthly rental agreements;
  • A certificate of publication of ad in newspaper; and
  • A completed application for occupational license tax and sales tax registration.

New applications should be filed forty-five (45) days prior to commencing business in order to allow sufficient time for the approval process. Renewal applications are due October 1st and become delinquent on November 1st. The application for the Louisiana State Alcoholic Beverage Permit should be filed within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the local permit. Please refer to the Alcoholic Beverage Instructions for additional information.
 

Fees

  • Retail Liquor/Wine/Beer - $500.00
  • Retail Wine/Beer - $250.00
  • Retail Beer - $50.00
  • Wholesale Liquor/Wine/Beer - $1,000.00
  • Wholesale Beer - $75.00

Payment may be in cash, certified check, cashier's check, or money order. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants should consult with the appropriate governmental agencies for additional regulatory requirements that apply. Please refer to the Links to Related Sites for additional information.

Tobacco Permits

Prior to engaging in the business of dealing in tobacco products within the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish, each business must apply for and obtain a tobacco permit.  Applicants must meet certain qualifications (age, residency, citizenship, etc.) Please see Section 17-95 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances for additional information. 

Tobacco Permit Instructions

All businesses must complete, sign and notarize a  Tobacco Permit Application.  Each owner, partner, officer or person owning 5% or more stock in the corporation, and managers must complete, sign and notarize Schedule A.  Upon completing Schedule A, each applicant must bring it and be photographed and fingerprinted.  Applicants may be photographed and fingerprinted at:
  
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Administration Building 
1233 Westbank Expressway 
Harvey, LA 70058

Persons domiciled out of town must appear before the local law enforcement agency serving their area to be fingerprinted and photographed.  Qualifications and conditions of applicants may be found in Section 17-97 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances.

New applications must be accompanied by:

  • A notarized copy of any/all leases, subleases or monthly rental agreements;
  • A certificate of publication of ad in newspaper; and
  • A completed application for occupational license tax and sales tax registration.

New applications should be filed forty-five (45) days prior to commenting business in order to allow sufficient time for the approval process.  Renewal applications are due October 1st and become delinquent on November 1st.  The application for the Louisiana State Tobacco Permit should be filed within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the local permit.  Please refer to the Tobacco Permit Instructions for additional information.

Peddler & Solicitor Permits

Door to door sales are prohibited. Sales, solicitations and/or distributions from public property or roadways are prohibited. No permit shall be issued until the expiration of fifteen (15) days from the date of application. See Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 22, Article II for additional information.

Door to door solicitations (the taking of orders for future delivery) are permitted when in compliance with the following:

  • Each solicitor must complete a Solicitor's Permit Application, pay a $2 application fee and obtain a solicitor's permit ID card for $25;
  • No solicitation or house to house canvassing between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., except as made by appointment; and
  • Complete an occupational license application along with payment of $50 occupational license tax.

Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles

Sales from public property are prohibited. Special requirements apply to sales from temporary stands or vehicles on privately-owned property. Vendors must complete a Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles Application, obtain an occupational license and place a sales tax deposit.  Please refer to the Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles Instructions for additional information.

Special Events, Craft Shows & Festivals

Sponsors of special events, craft shows and festivals must complete a Special Event Application along with payment of an occupational license tax in the amount of $250. In addition, sponsors must comply with the following:

  • Submit a listing (name, address and telephone number) of all vendors participating in the event, craft show, or festival a minimum of five (5) days prior to the event date; and
  • Remit 4.75% sales tax on all fees charged to the public for admission to said event, craft show or festival.

Sales from public property are prohibited. Special requirements apply to transient persons conducting sales from hotels, motels, inns or other temporary quarters including a $500 permit fee and a $10,000 cash or surety bond.  Please refer to the Special Event Checklist for additional information. 
 
Please contact Kim Charles, Director of Sales Tax at 504-363-5550 for more information.