The City of New Orleans offers three types of short-term rental permits to property owners who wish to rent their property on Airbnb, VRBO, and similar vacation rental platforms.
Here is a quick overview of the short-term rental license types
Type A (Accessory) allows permanent residents to rent out spare bedrooms, or property owner occupants to rent half a double on full time basis. Licenses property owners can rent out up to 3 bedrooms (6 guests). You must get a Safety & Permits approval and you must also show proof of homestead exemption.
Type T (Temporary) allows property owners to rent out their entire dwelling as a short-term rental for up to up to 90 days. With this license it is allowed to rent out up to 5 bedrooms (10 guests). You will need to get a Safety & Permits approval and a temporary use permit for any permitted dwelling unit.
Type C (Commercial) allows property owners to operate their short-term rental as a commercial business in nonresidential districts. This license is also limited to up to 5 bedrooms and 10 guests. You will need a Safety & Permits approval, a change of use permit, and permitted use in most nonresidential districts.
Keep in mind that all license types are prohibited in the French Quarter (Vieux Carre). The only exception is given to Type C license holder with properties along Bourbon Street.
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you decide which short-term rental license to get
First, Check Zoning
Navigate to http://property.nola.gov and enter the property’s address. Make note of the zoning information, and use the links to determine whether the property is commercial or residential.
If the property is zoned commercial, you’re limited to a Type C license.
If the property is zoned residential, you may choose between the Type T or Type A license. Continue on.
Do you have a homestead exemption?
A homestead exemption allows property owners to reduce the property taxes of the home they live in the majority of the time.
If the property does not qualify for a homestead exemption, then you’re limited to a Type T license.
If the property does qualify or already has a homestead exemption, continue on.
I own my home and want to rent it out, which license is for me?
If you have a homestead exemption, then you need to decide between a Type T or a Type A license. We compare those two options below.
Short Term Rental Licenses
|Type A||Type T|
|May it be located in the French Quarter?||No||No|
|Occupancy Limit||6 people||10 people|
|Limit on number of annual nights it may be rented||182 (otherwise, you won't qualify for the homestead exemption)||90 nights|
|Must the owner have a bedroom that is reserved for their use?||Yes||No|
|Must the owner be present while the guests are present?||Yes||No|
|May it host social events or parties?||No||No|
|May it be operated by a renter with the landlord's consent?||No (must be owner-operated)||Yes|
|Parking Requirements||1 parking space per unit||No requirements|