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Business FAQs

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Where do you begin when you decide to open up your own business? You can begin right here where we have done our best to answer your most frequently asked questions regarding business in St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana.

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What is my property zoned?
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You can find out how your property is zoned on the interactive zoning map found here.

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How do I request a zoning change?
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To request a zoning change, you must go through the Department of Development, Planning.
There you will find the Land Use Review Application.

 

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Why choose St. Tammany?
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Why St. Tammany Parish?

Why anywhere else? St. Tammany is a multi-faceted, culturally rich, economically diverse, all around exceptional place to live. From one end of the Parish to the other, each community throughout embraces its own distinctiveness, yet achieves harmonious connectivity with those around it.

The Parish is at the crossroads of three Interstates, with close proximity to a fourth. We are adjacent to major transportation waterways like the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, with international and metropolitan airports just minutes away. Nationwide railway systems and closeness to two ports—deep water and shallow—gives St. Tammany a choice level of connectivity and geographic advantage, making the Parish’s connectedness competitive with any community in the country.

Our parish offers fertile ground for businesses and families to thrive. Every community within our Parish has its own distinctive identity, from the resort-like atmosphere of Mandeville, to the metro-rural, Camellia City of Slidell, to the historic richness of Covington, the welcoming waterfront town of Madisonville, and the rural, agricultural and equestrian communities like Bush and Folsom.

At the heart of our economic stability and growth is the vision of Parish President Pat Brister, who champions innovation and entrepreneurialism and creates a business-friendly climate here in St. Tammany Parish.

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How do I contact the Health Department?
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You can contact the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals at 985-893-6296

 

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What forms do I need to start a business?
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Below are resources that will help you determine what forms you need to start a business in St. Tammany Parish as well as in  the State of Louisiana.

Louisiana Secretary of State

Business Owner’s Manual

Parish Codes

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Where can I get a bar card/liquor license?
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There are a few necessary steps to obtaining a liquor license in an unincorporated area of St. Tammany Parish.

First, you must visit the Department of Development, Planning division, or call the Department of Development at 985-898-2529, and speak with a commercial planner. At this time, the commercial planner will verify, either in person, or over the phone, the location of your proposed business and determine whether or not it is eligible to serve liquor based on Parish zoning ordinances.

Second, once the zoning is verified, you will receive a checklist of documents, either in person, or via facsimile or email. Once you have these items completed, you must return them to the Department of Planning where the forms are processed. You are then contacted and asked to pick up your documents.

Third, you bring the processed packet to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office where you will then be issued a license.

In incorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish, you will obtain your liquor license directly from that municipality.

City of Mandeville

City of Covington Liquor License Application

City of Covington Beer License Application

City of Covington Wine License Application

City of Slidell

Town of Abita Springs

Town of Madisonville

Town of Pearl River

Village of Folsom

* Of note, a license from the State of Louisiana is also required for any business seeking to serve alcohol in their establishment. Find the vendor application on the Louisiana Office Alcohol and Tobacco Control website.

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Where can I remit sales taxes?
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How do I obtain a Ficticious Business Name (DBA)?
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You can obtain a DBA through the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office, Commercial Division (225) 925-4704. You can find the form here.

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I want to start a business in St. Tammany — where do I begin?
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Take the first Step

1-Contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue at 225-219-7462 to determine if you need to collect state sales tax and to get a state sales tax ID number.
 

2-To start a business in an incorporated area, you must do so within the municipality where your business will reside. Determine if you are in an incorporated or unincorporated area of the Parish.

Start with the Sales Tax Office located within the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department.
St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Office
: Office: 985-726-7777 Fax: 985-726-7767

Incorporated areas of St. Tammany:

City of Mandeville

City of Covington

City of Slidell

Town of Abita Springs

Town of Madisonville

Town of Pearl River

Village of Folsom

3- Obtain an occupational License:


Start with the Sales Tax Office located within the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department.
St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Office
: Office: 985-726-7777 Fax: 985-726-7767

Incorporated areas of St. Tammany:

City of Mandeville

City of Covington

City of Slidell

Town of Abita Springs

Town of Madisonville

Town of Pearl River

Village of Folsom

 

4- If you will serve food or alcohol find out about health requirements and liquor licensing requirements.

City of Mandeville

City of Covington Liquor License Application

City of Covington Beer License Application

City of Covington Wine License Application

City of Slidell

Town of Abita Springs

Town of Madisonville

Town of Pearl River

Village of Folsom

 

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How do I set up a non-profit?
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What are the incorporated areas of St. Tammany?
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Who should I contact if I'm in an unincorporated area?
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In an unincorporated area, contact St. Tammany Parish first: Start with the Sales Tax Office located within the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department

St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Office: Office: 985-726-7777 Fax: 985-726-7767.

Visit their website at: www.stpso.com/page.php?p=civil_occupational

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How do I obtain an occupational license?
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First, determine whether you want to start a business in an incorporated or unicorporated area of St. Tammany Parish. Next, follow these next steps:

Contact the Sales Tax Office located within the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department.
Phone:985-726-7777
Web: www.stpso.com/page.php?p=civil_occupational

Incorporated areas of St. Tammany:

City of Mandeville

City of Covington

City of Slidell

Town of Abita Springs

Town of Madisonville

Town of Pearl River

Village of Folsom

 

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Where can I find Louisiana ethics laws?