We know starting a food business can be tough. Figuring out how and where to find the information you need is something that shouldn't be tough. We hope this resource section helps! Have we missed something? Send us a note to let us know! 

FPAC is involved in work to ensure that the CZO provides a reasonable and fair set of laws that allow food businesses, food production, and food access to flourish in the city.

FPAC recommendations:
2019 Pop-Up Permitting recommendations 

2020 Updated Pop-Up Permitting Infographic

City Resources

Zoning: These are the laws that govern what can be done on any particular property in New Orleans. Every property fits within a zoning district and may have additional zoning overlays that restrict or exempt specific activities. These rules include building and design standards as well as activities and use.
New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). A codification of zoning ordinances in New Orleans.
CZO Article 20 Use Standards. Requirements for certain uses of land including food preparation, processing, and packaging, operational standards, and retail sales.
CZO Article 21 On-Site Development Standards. Includes information on public facility
Food Truck Operating Areas Map. Areas highlighted in yellow are available for food truck operations including pushcart and animal drawn food vending.

Permits and Licenses

New Orleans One-Stop Shop. Your one stop for all things doing business in New Orleans. Much of the information below can be found here.
Food Truck Permit Application
Occupational/General Business License Application. Required if you will be conducting any type of business in Orleans Parish. Examples include catering, food trucks, restaurants, and cafeterias. Occupational License applications must be submitted with required permit applications.
Mobile/Temporary Vendor Permit Application. Required for every person who wants to use the public streets, sidewalks, or public or private places of business establishments to conduct any type of business.
Special Event Permit Application. If you are selling food as a part of a fair, festival, or other special event, complete this master application in addition to the Supplement A-Special Event Promoter/Vendor.
Grease Trap/Interceptor Discharge Permit Application. Food service establishments and food processing establishments must obtain this permit.

User Guides
Guide to Doing Business in New Orleans. Includes information on license process, key agencies involved, zoning requirements, site considerations, building permits, home occupations, state licensing requirements, basic business structures, registering your business name, tax ID numbers, permit/license categories, loan and financing resources, tax incentives, and business resources.
Mobile Food Truck Permit and License Information Sheet. A guide to help you learn and understand requirements for operating a food truck.
Special Event Information Sheet. A Q & A guide for seasonal and special events.
Fee Summary Sheet. Find estimated fees associated with your type of business.
Pushcart & Animal Drawn Food Vending Permit Information Sheet. A guide to help you learn and understand how to apply for a pushcart and animal drawn food vending permit.
requirements for farmers markets, mobile food trucks, outdoor dining, and public markets.
Eat Safe Louisiana. Tools for permitting and inspection for opening up a Retail Food Establishment in Louisiana. Links such as contacts for plans submission and inspection-inspection information, and food safety certification application are included.
Louisiana Cottage Food Law. Includes information on restrictions on preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, and pies, for example. A list of allowed venues and allowed foods are included.

Commercial and Commissary Kitchens
Edible Enterprises. Through the New Orleans Food & Farm Network, Edible Enterprises provides food and farmer entrepreneurs with tools and resources to build a successful food market. Interested? Fill out the kitchen application here.
917 3rd St. Norco, LA 70079
888-966-0829 ext. 2

Stepping Stone Kitchen. A 900 square foot commercial kitchen for caterers, bakers, and specialty food producers in Uptown Riverbend.
728 Dublin St. New Orleans, LA 70118

Nolavore Commissary. A 1,000 square foot commercial kitchen facility containing standard kitchen equipment. Located in Central City. Applications are being accepted for part-time and full-time tenants.
2139 Baronne St. New Orleans, LA 70113

Rouses Culinary Innovation Center. A 1300 square foot commissary kitchen housed within the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City serving as the home base for several local companies. Interested? Contact Jyl Benson at jyl@southernfood.org for more information.
1609 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

Incubators, Funding, and Start-Up Services
Fund 17. Are you an entrepreneur looking for support? Fill out a service inquiry here. Fund 17 is the Louisiana Advisor for Kiva loans (microloans). They also offer business mentorships. 2533 Columbus St #101 New Orleans LA 70119. 504-656-4176 info@fund17.org

Catapult Fund. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and four other organizations offer funding for small business owners in the food industry with training and grant funding.

Propeller. Offers both startup and growth accelerator programs to help entrepreneurs get the resources and mentorship they need to launch and grow their ideas, startups, businesses, or nonprofits. Check out the Social Venture Fund to explore loan opportunities. For more information, contact Erik Paskewich at epaskewich@gopropeller.org.
4035 Washington Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125

Trepwise. Offers finance and fund development to position clients for sustainable growth. Services include financial modeling, budgeting, investor readiness, and fund development. Explore the webpage to find other consulting services offered by Trepwise.
2259 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation. Explore business funding opportunities.
1726 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

Life City. LifeCity makes social and environmental impact profitable for business.


New Orleans Business Alliance Small Business Growth


Food Business Working Group

Our work is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Humana Foundation.