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Jefferson Parish 

Festival & Event Planner Information

 

The Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc (JCVB) is committed to collaborating with the tourism and hospitality industries.

Through promoting and showcasing our community’s unique locations and experiences, our aim is to attract leisure and group travelers to help support our local hotels, restaurants, and attractions. In partnering with local festival and event planners, we hope to strengthen the economic vibrancy of the community and improve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike. The JCVB wants to continue to be a resource for event planners for any questions you have or guidance you may need.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Contact Alex Clancy, Festivals & Event Manager, at Alex@visitjeffersonparish.com for any concerns or questions.


 

Resources and Support Programs

Please check back for updates on any available grants or program support throughout the year.

 

Louisiana Office of Tourism Industry Partners Grants
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful
 

 

 

 

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JCVB Events

The JCVB hosts several events throughout the year, enabling partners to learn about programming, buy-in opportunities, marketing options, market trends, and, of course, great networking! As a partner within the hospitality industry, you are invited to attend JCVB events.  Below is a listing of events:  


 


Breakfast Meeting Dates 2024

Membership Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 2024, from 8:30am - 10:00am

Annual Membership Meeting
October 2024, from 11:00am - 1:30pm
The Virgie Ott Tourism Award Recipient will be honored at the event

Membership Breakfast Meeting
December 10, 2024, from 8:30am - 10:00am

Email Alex Clancy for more information or to RSVP for events.

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Jefferson Parish will celebrate it's 200th anniversary in 2025! All businesses, festivals, and events are encouraged to display the official Jefferson Parish Bicentennial logo.  The logo and a helpful tool kit will be available in July 2024.

Stay tuned for more information!NTTW 2024 logo


 

 

May 2025, 12pm – 2pm – Nation Travel & Tourism Week Celebration
Jefferson Parish will celebrate what the travel & tourism industry contributes to the nation.

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual celebration that underscores travel’s essential role in driving our nation's economy, cultivating vibrant communities and forging connections.

More information to come!

Event Permit Information

To apply for any special event permit, visit the MGO Connect Portal.

Special Event Permit Applications are listed as follows:

  • Fair, Festival, Craft Show and Circus Application
  • Block Party Application
  • Veterans Memorial Square Application
  • Outdoor Music Application
  • Moving Event Application
  • Miscellaneous Seasonal Concession Stand Peddler Application

The Special Events Office also issues Permits for the following:

  • Mobile Food Truck
  • Garage Sale and Garage Sale (Non-Profit)
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Special Event Permit Applications, contact:
Cheryl Joseph
Office: (504) 736-6771
Fax: (504) 736-6778
Email: CJoseph@jeffparish.net 

Mobile Food Truck Permits, contact:
Barry Sprague
Office: (504) 736-6094
Fax: (504) 736-6778
Email: BSprague@jeffparish.net

Garage Sale Permits, contact:
Marilyn Slutsky
Office: (504) 736-6101
Fax: (504) 736-6778
Email: MSlutsky@jeffparish.net

Christmas Tree Lot Permits, contact:
Marilyn Slutsky
Office: (504) 736-6101
Fax: (504) 736-6778
Email: MSlutsky@jeffparish.net

 

Alcoholic Beverage Permits

Prior to dispensing alcoholic beverages in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish or the Village of Jean Lafitte, each business must apply for and obtain an alcoholic beverage permit. Applicants must meet certain qualifications (age, residency, citizenship, etc.) and there are limitations on the location of the business (zoning, proximity to schools, churches, public libraries, etc.). 

If your business is located within the municipal limits of Grand Isle, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner or Westwego, please contact the proper municipality as shown in the listing of Cities and Towns for appropriate instructions. 

Alcoholic Beverage Permit Instructions

All businesses must complete, sign and notarize a Retail Alcoholic Beverage Permit. Each owner, partner, officer or person owning 5% or more stock in the corporation, and managers must complete, sign and notarize Schedule A. Upon completing Schedule A, each applicant must bring it and be photographed and fingerprinted. Applicants may be photographed and fingerprinted at:

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Administration Building
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058

Persons domiciled out of town must appear before the local law enforcement agency serving their area to be fingerprinted and photographed. Qualifications and conditions of applicants may be found in Section 4-17 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances.

New applications must be accompanied by:

  • A notarized copy of any/all leases, subleases or monthly rental agreements;
  • A certificate of publication of ad in newspaper; and
  • A completed application for occupational license tax and sales tax registration.

New applications should be filed forty-five (45) days prior to commencing business in order to allow sufficient time for the approval process. Renewal applications are due October 1st and become delinquent on November 1st. The application for the Louisiana State Alcoholic Beverage Permit should be filed within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the local permit. Please refer to the Alcoholic Beverage Instructions for additional information.
 

Fees

  • Retail Liquor/Wine/Beer - $500.00
  • Retail Wine/Beer - $250.00
  • Retail Beer - $50.00
  • Wholesale Liquor/Wine/Beer - $1,000.00
  • Wholesale Beer - $75.00

Payment may be in cash, certified check, cashier's check, or money order. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants should consult with the appropriate governmental agencies for additional regulatory requirements that apply. Please refer to the Links to Related Sites for additional information.

Tobacco Permits

Prior to engaging in the business of dealing in tobacco products within the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish, each business must apply for and obtain a tobacco permit.  Applicants must meet certain qualifications (age, residency, citizenship, etc.) Please see Section 17-95 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances for additional information. 

Tobacco Permit Instructions

All businesses must complete, sign and notarize a  Tobacco Permit Application.  Each owner, partner, officer or person owning 5% or more stock in the corporation, and managers must complete, sign and notarize Schedule A.  Upon completing Schedule A, each applicant must bring it and be photographed and fingerprinted.  Applicants may be photographed and fingerprinted at:
  
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Administration Building 
1233 Westbank Expressway 
Harvey, LA 70058

Persons domiciled out of town must appear before the local law enforcement agency serving their area to be fingerprinted and photographed.  Qualifications and conditions of applicants may be found in Section 17-97 of the Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances.

New applications must be accompanied by:

  • A notarized copy of any/all leases, subleases or monthly rental agreements;
  • A certificate of publication of ad in newspaper; and
  • A completed application for occupational license tax and sales tax registration.

New applications should be filed forty-five (45) days prior to commenting business in order to allow sufficient time for the approval process.  Renewal applications are due October 1st and become delinquent on November 1st.  The application for the Louisiana State Tobacco Permit should be filed within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the local permit.  Please refer to the Tobacco Permit Instructions for additional information.

Peddler & Solicitor Permits

Door to door sales are prohibited. Sales, solicitations and/or distributions from public property or roadways are prohibited. No permit shall be issued until the expiration of fifteen (15) days from the date of application. See Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Chapter 22, Article II for additional information.

Door to door solicitations (the taking of orders for future delivery) are permitted when in compliance with the following:

  • Each solicitor must complete a Solicitor's Permit Application, pay a $2 application fee and obtain a solicitor's permit ID card for $25;
  • No solicitation or house to house canvassing between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., except as made by appointment; and
  • Complete an occupational license application along with payment of $50 occupational license tax.

Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles

Sales from public property are prohibited. Special requirements apply to sales from temporary stands or vehicles on privately-owned property. Vendors must complete a Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles Application, obtain an occupational license and place a sales tax deposit.  Please refer to the Sales from Temporary Stands or Vehicles Instructions for additional information.

Special Events, Craft Shows & Festivals

Sponsors of special events, craft shows and festivals must complete a Special Event Application along with payment of an occupational license tax in the amount of $250. In addition, sponsors must comply with the following:

  • Submit a listing (name, address and telephone number) of all vendors participating in the event, craft show, or festival a minimum of five (5) days prior to the event date; and
  • Remit 4.75% sales tax on all fees charged to the public for admission to said event, craft show or festival.

Sales from public property are prohibited. Special requirements apply to transient persons conducting sales from hotels, motels, inns or other temporary quarters including a $500 permit fee and a $10,000 cash or surety bond.  Please refer to the Special Event Checklist for additional information. 
 
Please contact Melissa Selser, Director of Sales Tax at 504-363-5633 for more information.


 


 

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Volunteers play a crucial role in events and festivals, providing support in various aspects of an event. If you would like to share your event with our list of volunteers, please email Alex Clancy, Festivals & Events Manager, at Alex@visitjeffersonparish.com.