Short-Term Rental


Short Term Rental Lodging Accommodation License Application Procedure

Please click here to download the Short Term Rental Application.

 

Required Information available at www.jeffparish.net.

Applicant may apply online at www.mygovernmentonline.org or provide the required information at the following Jefferson Parish Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement Office:

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd, Suite 101 Jefferson, LA. 70123 or 1855 Ames Blvd, Suite A Marrero, LA. 70072

Applicants for Short Term Rental Lodging Accommodation License must provide:

  • A completed Jefferson Parish Lodging Accommodation License Application for a Short Term Rental
  • Applicable ownership affidavit (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation)
  • See Chapter 40 Exceptions Sec 40-752 (e) (7) b. for other requirements
  • $750.00 application fee
  • Site plan (1 additional parking space required to the existing residence) and a current survey

Once all information has been provided to the Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement Office, it shall be sent to below Departments for approval prior to license issuance:

  • Jefferson Parish Department of Property Maintenance/Zoning/Quality of Life 
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office 
  • Jefferson Parish Attorney’s Office 
  • Jefferson Parish Engineering Site Plan Review 

When all approvals are returned to the Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement, the applicants shall be contacted for issuance of Short Term Rental Lodging Accommodation License.

(Zoning districts will be verified for Short Term Rentals in Chapter 40 Exceptions and Modifications)

In March of 2016 after fielding numerous complaints from residents throughout the parish about disruptive short-term rentals in their respective neighborhoods, and realizing that the parish’s existing regulations did not define or regulate short-term rentals, the parish authorized a study of its regulations to determine the necessity of and, if necessary, appropriate standards for short-term rental in Jefferson Parish.

The parish held public outreach from October 2017 through January 2018 to vet the recommendations of the study. As required by law, the Planning Advisory Board held public hearings on January 11 and 25, 2018 on proposed amendments to the parish Code of Ordinances to regulate short-term rentals. The parish council adopted Ordinance No. 25513 on February 21, 2018.

In establishing the parish’s regulations regarding short-term rentals, the parish determined that generally, Jefferson Parish is characterized by a suburban development pattern of homogenous land uses, clustered in single-use districts. The most prevalent land use in Jefferson Parish is the detached single-family home in primarily residential neighborhoods; and that short-term rental is more intensive and extensive than a typical home occupation because it usually involves the entire home as a 24/7 operation and serves persons who come from outside the community. Further, that as a lodging accommodation business, short-term rental has greater potential negative impacts on a single-use residential neighborhood, including noise, traffic, and trash; and short-term rental is not compatible with the primarily residential character of many of the parish’s neighborhoods. Therefore, the parish prohibits short-term rental in single-use residential zoning districts.

The parish also determined that, subject to use standards that mitigate impacts, short-term rental is compatible in mixed-use and commercial areas where residential and commercial uses are allowed to co-exist. Additionally, because short-term rental involves the business of lodging accommodation that caters to travelers and tourists, treating it like other lodging accommodation uses – hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments – is appropriate; and short-term rental and bed and breakfast establishments should be subject to the same regulatory framework for safety, operations, licensing, nuisances, and taxation of hotels and motels.

The parish provided a twelve-month amortization for existing short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods to cease operation; and granted a six-month period for existing short-term rentals, where permitted, to come into compliance with the new licensing requirements from the time of the adoption of the new regulations in February 2018.