Permits

  • Street/Sidewalk Vendors — Allows food vendors to sell food from vending carts at specified locations in the Downtown Development District (DDD).
  • Street Performers — Allows street performers (buskers) to entertain pedestrians in specified locations in the DDD for non-solicited tips.

 Pole Banners

  • Pole Banners —  There are approximately 350 streetlight poles in the DDD that are appropriate for banners. These locations are available to non-profits and governmental entities on a first-come, first-served basis.

Initiatives

  • Performance Code —  A DDA initiative that is an opportunity for a developer to have a preliminary site walk-through (including plans) with the State Fire Marshal, City Permits & Inspections, City Fire Prevention, MPC/ZBA, State of Louisiana DOTD, and SWEPCO.  This opportunity allows all sides the opportunity to ask questions, identify potential problems and expenses, and brainstorm ways to make safe, commmon-sense tradeoffs that will allow the historic building to return to use.

Incentives

  • DDA Programming Mini Grants —  $150 programming mini-grants are available to organizations or individuals wishing to put on events that are open to the public that promote the Downtown Development District and are held in the DDD.
  • DSDC Facade Rebate — DDD property owners can apply for a reimbursement grant of from 5% to 25% of their qualified facade improvement costs.
  • DSDC Low Interest Loan Program — Designed to provide low interest rehabilitation funds to property owners and small businesses interested in renovating older buildings within the DDD.