Examining Short Term Rentals in New Orleans

The Short Term Rental (STR) debate has been unfolding since 2012 and reached a tipping point in 2015, when City Council directed the City Planning Commission (CPC) to study the regulation of Short Term Rentals. Using research, data analysis, impact assessments and public input, the CPC staff made recommendations for short term rental regulations. In late 2016, the City Council made the recommendations official.
In March 2017, the City began accepting applications - making sure that there were multiple, simple ways for someone to apply for a legal Short Term Rental license.
In April 2017, the ordinances became effective and the City began issuing licenses for STRs. Application data for STRs is available for everyone to review. You can start to explore it using the tool to the right.

Here's how the process works.

How can a business or a renter get an STR license? Why is that building allowed multiple STRs? How can they have people renting out their place year-round? This simple graphic breaks it down... or you can take a look at all the regulations by downloading the regulation brochure.

You may have some questions about the data; here's why:

  • There are 3 different ways that people can apply for a short-term rental license.
  • If the applicant chooses the "pass through" registration, they may not choose the correct license type.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot change the type once someone applies - we instead ask the applicant to reapply and advise them on the correct license type.
  • Take a look at the example below.

Here's an example of a property with multiple applications.

Click the dot to take a look at 5340 Marigny Street. It has both a 'denied' and an 'issued' application. The reason for this is that originally the applicant chose 'Temporary Short Term Rental', when they needed to choose 'Accessory Short Term Rental'.

Most applicants are getting Temporary STR licenses.

You can review the official STR regulations at https://nola.gov/short-term-rentals/. Or take a look below at what type of applications have been submitted for each type and location of property.

What is the status of STR license applications?

As you can see, we've licensed over half of all applicants for Short Term Rentals. There are also some pending applications, mostly because of incomplete applications or failure to pay for the license.

Experiencing disruptive short term rental activity now?

The best course of action is to call the 24/7 Contact for that property. You can look up the address and find the contact using this data.
Experiencing long-term problems with a short term rental near you? Make sure to let us know by reporting a violation here: https://www.nola.gov/safety-and-permits/report-a-violation/.