New Orleans, LA
When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in New Orleans, LA. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Short Term Rental Administration or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Short Term Rental License.
New Orleans requires all hosts obtain a short term rental license in order to list their space on home sharing sites like Airbnb. General information can be found on the city’s Short Term Rental Licensing Requirements page.
- Starting on June 8, 2018, hosts can continue to apply for a new permit or renew a permit directly with the City of New Orleans. If you used Airbnb’s system to apply for a New Orleans short-term rental license or renewal before June 8, 2018 and are unsure about the status of your application, the City may contact you directly to let you know whether your registration has been approved or denied. You can also contact the Short Term Rental Administration or other city agencies with questions regarding your application.
- General Information. The city provides general information about rules and regulations on its Short terms Rentals page. This includes contact information for the STR Administration. The legislation adopted by the City Council to authorize short term rentals can be found here. On May 24, 2018, the New Orleans City Council passed a motion creating a 9-month Interim Zoning District (IZD) prohibiting certain types of Short Term Rental licenses in particular zoning districts. Additional information on the IZD appeal process can be found here.
- Taxes and Fees. As of January 1, 2017, Airbnb now collects and remits taxes to the City of New Orleans on behalf of its users. More information is available about that process here. If you rent on other platforms in addition to Airbnb, you are responsible for collecting and reporting the taxes and fees from any rental arrangement made on those other platforms or through any other means. For more information, visit the Short Term Rental Taxation page.
- Zoning Restrictions. Only specific types of short term rentals are allowed in specific zoning districts. For more information, visit the Short Term Rental Zoning Restrictions page.
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We're committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we'll continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
Last updated: June 8, 2018