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Occupational License


Whether you are beginning a new enterprise, relocating your existing business, or are an outside company planning to conduct routine business within City limits, our Occupational License Department will provide you with all the information and forms necessary to do so. Occupational Licenses are required by Chapter 22 of the City of Covington Code of Ordinances and are authorized by Louisiana Revised Statute § 47:341. Annual taxes are charged by class and are provided for by tables set by the State on La RS § 47:354-362.

We want the process of opening your business to be a smooth one. For new occupational license application inquiries, contact Nahketah Bagby at (985)867-1214 or or JoAnn Rucker at (985) 867-1214 or

Applications for new occupational licenses must be submitted to the City of Covington Occupational License Department for approval. Applications should be submitted AT LEAST two weeks before your planned date of opening to allow time for all procedures and inspections to be completed. If you are undergoing new construction or major renovations at your new business location, please anticipate more time to process your license. Occupational licenses can't be issued until all construction is completed and approved by our Code and Building officials. After your license is approved, it will be mailed to you.



For inquiries about your City of Covington Occupational License renewal, contact Avenu Insights at 1-800-556-7274 or visit the for copies of the appropriate renewal documents. Occupational License renewals are due on January 1st of each year, and are considered delinquent after March 1st.



Before choosing where to open your business, it is important to conduct research. This means before purchasing or renting ANY property in Covington City limits, you should make sure that your intended use is allowed in the zoning district of your prospective location. For quick answers about the zoning requirements of any address in the City of Covington, contact Nahketah Bagby at (985)867-1214 or or JoAnn Rucker at (985) 867-1214 or Our staff will also help you determine if you meet the following criteria:

* Building permit - required for new construction or extensive renovations
* Landscaping requirements
* Signage requirements
* Parking requirements

 We realize each business and its circumstances are unique. For questions not answered on this web page, contact Nahketah Bagby at (985)867-1214 or or JoAnn Rucker at (985) 867-1214 or or stop by during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at City Hill located at 317 N. Jefferson Ave.