Planning & Permitting Office
The Office of Planning and Permitting is administered under the Department of Operations and works hand in hand with the Parish Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide adequate information on drainage, public utilities, development requirements and property elevations.
In order to plan and provide for the safety and well being of citizens, the Parish receives and monitors vital development data to identify and insure compliance with Parish ordinances through requiring the issuance of construction permits.
- A permit must be obtained prior to the construction of a new home, the movement of a new mobile home within the parish, or the construction of a new building. View the Residential Process (PDF).
- A permit must also be obtained prior to the construction/renovation of a facility for a commercial permit. The applicant must obtain a set of construction drawings, State Fire Marshall approval, and fill out all necessary applications. View the Subdivision Process (PDF).
For information concerning permit fees, call the Planning/Permitting Office at 225-562-2500.
Note: All fees must be paid at the time the plans are submitted.
Permit Applications / Documents
Permits applications can either be downloaded, picked up at the Planning/Permitting Office or Courthouse Annex during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays or 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays.
We now offer online permitting. Please visit MyGovernmentOnline to apply for permits online.
Fill out the St. James Parish Occupational License Application (PDF). If you have any questions regarding the occupation license, please contact the Parish President’s Office at 225-562-2480.
Additionally, the office of Planning and Permitting is the focal point for providing a multitude of services to the public. They include:
Planning/ Permitting Office ConventPhysical Address
5800 Highway 44
3rd Floor of the Courthouse
Convent, LA 70723
Amber ShepardPlanning & Permitting Manager
I'ana JosephPermitting Assistant Manager and Code Enforcement
Julie CoxPermitting Tech
Clayton ForrestierBuilding Code Inspector
Planning/ Permitting Office VacheriePhysical Address
2631 Highway 20
Vacherie Courthouse Annex
Vacherie, LA 70090
Tammie BodinOperations Clerk II