Permits- FAQs

 

St. Tammany Parish Government works daily to streamline the permitting process and make it as user-friendly as possible. We realize that  citizens may have specific questions related to this step. We have assembled the questions we are asked most frequently for you information. Please call us at (985) 898-2574 if your question is not listed below and we will do our best to provide the answer.

Q
Why Do You Need Permits, Anyway?
A
  • 1. The biggest reason why permits are necessary is SAFETY. By insuring that construction activities meet standards as set forth by St. Tammany Parish and the State of Louisiana, you can be assured your family and your property will be safe.
  • 2. The second reason to permit all work is to effectively have your property insured. If a structure is built on your property without the proper permits and storm damage occurs, not only may insurance not pay for the damage, any automobiles, boats or other property within the unpermitted structure may not be eligible for insurance.
  • 3. The third reason to permit all work would occur if the property was ever sold. If an addition or a new structure was put on the property, all proof of building the structure to code needs to be provided to the buyer. If a structure is built with the attempt to raise the value of the property, but is never permitted, it can actually decrease potential value.
Q
What flood zone am I in?
A
Flood Zone Maps – Verify what flood zone you are building in on the flood zone map. This will be important for the Engineering, Residential Permit Data Form.  Here
 
Q
Where to Get Permits
A
Are you building residential or commercial? 
 
 Mandeville Location – 21454 Koop Dr. 
 985-898-2574 
 Fax 985-898-2785 
ALL COMMERCIAL PERMITS 
WEST ST TAMMANY RESIDENTIAL PERMITS 
 
 Slidell Location – 520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 2F
 985-646-4166 
 Fax 985-646-4174 
EAST ST TAMMANY RESIDENTIAL PERMITS 
 
Hours of operation (both locations): 8AM-4:30PM
Q
Who Files For Permits in St. Tammany?
A
In St. Tammany Parish, contractors and subcontractors must be licensed and registered 
with the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish. 
 
If a general contractor or subcontractor is doing work on the house, they must file for 
permits. 
 
If the homeowner is acting as his own contractor, he must file for his own permits. 
 
Q
What Are You Building?
A
Accessory Structure – storage shed, cabana, garage, carport, gazebo 
 
Addition – to an existing residence 
 
New Residence – brand new house 
 
Remodel – work done within an existing residence 
 
(All of these require a residential permit)