Site Work Permits Requirements Begin on September 16, 2016 in St. Tammany Parish for Non-Residential Sites

Site Work Permits Requirements Begin on September 16, 2016 in St. Tammany Parish for Non-Residential Sites
Beginning Friday, September 16, 2016, a Site Work Permit will be required for all non-residential sites in unincorporated St. Tammany, as pursuant to St. Tammany Code of Ordinances Chapter 7, Sections 7-002.00, and SEC. 7-050.00. Parish Officials implemented the Site Work Permits to address and prevent adverse drainage impacts on neighbors of new construction sites. This permit is for any work that alters the surface of the property through paving, grading, excavation, or placement of fill.  A Site Work Permit is defined as: A permit issued for paving, grading, excavation, or placement of fill on a site within unincorporated St. Tammany Parish. This permit is needed if the proposed site improvements are not already being reviewed as part of a properly issued building permit or subdivision work order.
Once a permit has been applied for, the St. Tammany Parish Department of Planning and Development will review the permit, send an inspector to the site, and issue the permit. Upon completion of the project, the builder must submit a survey that confirms their compliance with the provisions of the ordinance. The Department of Planning and Development will then complete a final drainage inspection to verify compliance, and upon verification, a certificate of occupancy can be issued. 
Applicants can apply for a Site Work Permit in person at the Department of Development located at 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville, or online at 

2017 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding grant awards for the 2016-2017 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.

St. Tammany Parish

Organizational Support


Slidell Little Theatre


St. Tammany Art Association


Playmakers, Inc.


City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs



Project Assistance


STARC of Louisiana, Inc.


City of Mandeville


Slidell Heritage Foundation


Covington Three Rivers Art Festival


City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events



St. Bernard Parish

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools


St. Bernard Parish Library


St. Bernard Parish Government



The purpose of the Decentralized Arts Funding program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by St. Tammany Parish Government.  

“We have a deep appreciation for the arts here in St. Tammany as the arts are vital to our heritage and our identity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “So many of our locals — born and raised here have gone on to share their artistic talents worldwide. We want the next generation to have the same opportunities to come into their artistic fullness, and this is one small way we can work towards that goal.”

 Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in March 2017, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit .

St. Tammany Parish Government Offices Closed in Observance of Labor Day

All non-emergency offices of St. Tammany Parish Government will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. In addition, the Department of Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, September 3, 2016 as well. Regular business hours resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 8 a.m. is Live is Live        

Following the announcement one week ago by St. Tammany Parish political, business, religious and community leaders of a collective response effort to pool resources and help those affected by the recent flooding, the website is live. 

“The St. Tammany Community has responded extremely well to our calls for help, and we are grateful,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We want to remind everyone however, that the recovery process is long and needs are abundant, so we ask that our residents visit and make the decision to help.”

The website offers options to give of your time, manpower, resources and /or money. There is a way to contact the STPCares administration to offer housing options, resources for those rebuilding, and free or reduced-cost professional services that will benefit flood victims. There are also options to sign up to volunteer with various organizations, or to make monetary contributions to various organizations.

To contact STPCares, click here, or call 985-898-3215. Visit the newly launched site at,


District 11 Community Meeting

District 11 Community Meeting
The next meeting for Parish Council District 11 constituents will be held on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 PM in the library of Bayou Woods Elementary School located off Carroll Road near Slidell.
The following items will be discussed:
1. The levying of a 3/4 cent sales tax on several Economic Development Districts in St. Tammany Parish.
2. Introduction of an Ordinance to require any parish appointed Boards or Commissions to acknowledge receipt of the manual developed for Public Boards and Commissions operating in St. Tammany Parish.
3. A resolution providing a method of selection of a Financial Advisor for Bond issues.
4. A resolution allowing the Parish President to obtain special counsel for complex litigation concerning land loss claims and remediation and restoration.
5. An Ordinance for adoption for Reorganization of the Parish Legal Department.
6. Appointments to several Boards and Commissions.
7. The status and Grand Opening of the New Fire Station on Airport Road.
8. Any other items of interest or concern to residents of District 11.
Anyone wishing additional information concerning the meeting should call Steve Stefancik, Parish Councilman District 11 at 985-649-4580.

STPCares Will aid in Relief Effort for St. Tammany and Neighboring Communities

Government, community and business leaders came together today to announce STPCares — Community Flood Response. This collective response effort will pool resources to help those affected recover faster and stronger than they would by isolated efforts. It will offer to citizens a clearinghouse of trusted resources from which to donate and volunteer.

Officials from St. Tammany Parish Government, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, the East St. Tammany Chamber, the St. Tammany West Chamber, the Northshore Homebuilder’s Association, the Northshore Business Council, the Northshore Community Foundation, and several other agencies, were on-hand to pledge participation and support of this unified effort which will be managed by Kevin Davis, the former Director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

“While in a Bible study, we started talking about our community and our residents coupled with the surrounding communities, and we knew we had to offer help,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We, as Louisianans, do not sit idly by as our neighbors struggle. When we are faced with this level of destruction and loss, our people seek to lighten the burden when we can. We step in if we are able, and those of us who were spared, help the broken become whole again.”

The St. Tammany Parish Public School System will provide a physical space and administrative help to STPCares while it is in operation.  Partnerships and aide could include: shared manpower, use of Parish facilities and resources, temporary housing and monetary help.

To reach STPCares visit . To contact STPCares to offer help call 985-898-3215 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Tammany Parish Receives Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

St. Tammany Parish has received a disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This declaration makes Federal funding available to affected individuals. If you are a resident of St. Tammany, and your home or business was damaged by flood waters over the past week, you may qualify for FEMA assistance.


“This is another avenue for possible relief for St. Tammany Parish residents who need help after the weekend’s flooding,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We appreciate being added to the declared disaster and we urge all our citizens who have received damage to call FEMA or go online to register.”


Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

St. Tammany Parish Moving to Recovery Stage in Flooding Disaster - Shelter CLOSED

St. Tammany Parish Government will begin to transition from response to recovery for the current flooding disaster. The following actions will be implemented today:

1.     Parish’s Emergency Operations Center will be ramping down and closed

2.     Disaster Shelter at Coquille Sports Complex will be closed

3.     St. Tammany Parish Public Works and Engineering will begin conducting assessments of road and bridge damage

4.     Department of Inspections and Enforcement will make plans for Preliminary Damage Assessment teams to cover the Parish to document damage to homes and structures beginning tomorrow morning at 7:30a.m.

Parish President Pat Brister has waived the permit fees for rebuilding resident’s homes that sustained damage as a result of the flooding over the last several days. Parish President Brister has also reached out to Tangipahoa Parish President Robbie Miller to offer assistance of St. Tammany Parish Government’s damage assessment teams. Several of St. Tammany Parish Government employees will be providing technical support to augment the effort of Tangipahoa Parish.

St. Tammany Parish residents that have sustained damage from this flooding event are asked to contact Parish Government via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by calling 985-898-2700, and leaving a message with name, street address and contact telephone number.


Emergency Shelter Open in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish Government will open an American Red Cross emergency shelter at Coquille Recreation located at 13505 Louisiana 1085 in Covington, at 12:30 p.m. today. Occupants should bring food, bedding and any necessary medications. Alcohol is not allowed.

Sandbag Distribution in St. Tammany Parish Friday, August 12, 2016 and Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sandbag Distribution in St. Tammany Parish Friday, August 12, 2016 and Saturday, August 13, 2016

Based on current National Weather Service rain predictions of the possibility of flooding, St. Tammany Parish Government will distribute sandbags at the following locations on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 7 a.m. – 7p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C
21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works - Covington Barn
1305 N. Florida St., Covington

Residents are asked to clear any debris from culverts and drainage pathways, and to monitor the weather forecast in the coming days through your local media outlets. St. Tammany Parish Government will have updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.