Code of Ordinances

The Code of Ordinances hosted on the Municode website may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Jefferson Parish Council. Additionally, interim development standards authorized by Parish Council Resolution may be in place. If you are reviewing the Code for proposed development of property, please contact the Planning Department to ensure your design professional has the most up-to-date regulations.

Chapter 25 Article 6 Comprehensive Plan

Chapter 33 Unified Development Code

  • Appendix: 
    • Applications

The Planning Department is now accepting online applications via the MyGovernmentOnline Portal. To apply online, click the link below:

Apply for Planning Applications Online

PLEASE NOTE: The applications below are fillable pdf format. The applications are also formatted for legal size (8.5" x 14") paper, if your printer only has letter size (8.5" x 11") paper then you will need to adjust your printer settings so that the application prints properly. To determine if an application requires a public hearing or not, please contact the Planning Department.

NOTE: The Planning Department advises that you speak with a planner before submitting the following application types: 

Chapter 40 Zoning

Recently Approved Text Amendments

The Code of Ordinances hosted on the Municode website may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Jefferson Parish Council. Below is a list of recently adopted text amendments and their corresponding ordinances.

Description of Study

Ordinance No. 

Council Action Date

Ordinance Effective Date

Council Staff Report

TXT-8-21 – Substandard Lot Study  A text amendment of Chapter 8 Building and Building Regulations, Chapter 33 Unified Development Code, and Chapter 40 Zoning of the Code of Ordinances of Jefferson Parish; to amend the criteria for a substandard lot and the standards and procedures for issuing a building permit for a substandard lot, including the definition of and criteria for determining neighborhood norm, and provide for related matters; as authorized by Council Resolution No. 133043 adopted February 6, 2019 and extended via Council Resolution No. 135183 adopted January 29, 2020. (Parish-wide)





TXT-8-21 Report and Graphics

TXT-2-21OMNCD Study A text amendment of Chapter 33 Unified Development Code and Chapter 40 Zoning of the Code of Ordinances of the Parish of Jefferson related to the Old Metairie Neighborhood Conservation District; to reformat sections of the Code, clarify existing regulations, and establish new standards and procedures when necessary to support the purposes of the OMNCD, and provide for related matters; as authorized by the Planning Director on October 2, 2014. (Parish-wide)





TXT-2-21 Report and Graphics

Moratoria and Interim Development Standards

When the Parish Council adopts a resolution that authorizes a study of the parish’s development regulations, it may choose to impose a moratorium or interim development standards during the course of the study. Moratoria or interim development standards go into effect immediately upon adoption of the resolution by the Council, and they stay in place for up to one year but may be extended for up to six additional months. (Chapter 40 Zoning, Sec. 40-880 Permits pending amendments; Moratorium and Chapter 33 UDC, Sec. 33-2.21.5. Approvals pending ordinance amendments; moratorium.)

The table below lists the moratoria or interim development standards that are currently in effect, with the zoning districts affected and when the moratorium or interim development standards will expire. The table also provides a link to the resolutions which contain the details of the moratoria or interim development standards. 

Please contact a planner for a complete understanding of these moratoria or interim development standards.

Districts Affected



Expiration Date

Portion of properties located within the Elmwood Subdivision on the West Bank

Units restricted to persons 55 and older and a spouse of any age; or all residents over the age of 62.

Homeowners association is required. Dimensional standards of the R-1A zoning district shall apply, except that:

Min. area of 2,100 sq. ft., min. width 30 ft., and depth of 70 ft. are required.



R-1MH zoned property located within the Bunche Village neighborhood, bounded by Airline Drive, Little Farms Avenue, Canadian National Railway (CN Rail), and Filmore Street

R-1A zoning shall apply



Certain R-1A zoned properties fronting on Labarre Dr. between Metairie Rd. and Vivian St.

RR-3 zoning shall apply, except any existing stand-alone 1- or 2-family dwelling shall be recognized as a conforming use.



R-3 Multiple-Family Residential zoned property between Westbank Expressway, Silver Lily Lane, Acre Road and Cohen Road.  

R-2 zoning shall apply



All properties parishwide

For reuse of existing nonresidential uses in nonresidential zoning districts, off-site parking is allowed, subject to additional criteria

The following updated off-street parking requirements shall apply:

  • Office: One (1) space per three hundred fifty (350) square feet of gross floor area
  • Restaurant: One (1) space per two hundred fifty (250) square feet of gross floor area
  • Retail: One (1) space per three hundred (300) square feet of gross floor area



All nonconforming lots parishwide

If 2 or more adjacent lots are held in common ownership and 1 or more of the lots does not meet the minimum requirements for lot width or area of its respective zoning district, the lots shall be subdivided into a lot(s) of record that meet(s) the minimum lot requirements of their respective zoning district.

  Updated Legal Nonconforming Lot definition