Return to New Orleans
After a mandatory evacuation, businesses are allowed to return to the city before residents. That's to ensure that essential services like power and grocery stores are running. Read more about preparing your business for emergencies.
Post-Evacuation Business Reentry Placards
To re-enter New Orleans before the general public, you must have a valid reentry placard. Each year, businesses need to register for a post-evacuation reentry assignment through the City's One Stop App.
Select POST-EVACUATION Business Reentry to register. Once you have been assigned to a tier, you will receive an email about whether your business is approved. If approved, you will be provided with instructions on how to make an appointment to come to CITY HALL room 9W03 and pick up your placards.
The Tier 3 placards can be printed from your home or office using a color or black and white printer. Tier 1 & 2 placards will need to be picked up in person. For questions or to make an appointment to pick up your placards, call Carlos Muniz at 504-658-8700.
The assigned placard will be valid for entering Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish, and Plaquemines Parish following a mandatory evacuation re-entry process.
Register for reentry
TIER 1: RESPONSE SUPPORT
Businesses and agencies that provide critical support to response efforts. Additionally, core damage assessment teams of major employers with more than 100 employees. Examples include:
- Debris removal companies
- Lodging providers for first responders
TIER 2: RECOVERY SUPPORT
Businesses and agencies that help recovery and economic vitality. Additionally, core assessment teams of employers with more than 50 employees. Examples include:
- Gas stations
- Grocery stores
- Healthcare facilities
- Administrative and payroll employees
- Engineers & damage assessment teams for hotels and motels
TIER 3: REPOPULATION SUPPORT
Retail businesses needed for the return of residents. Examples include:
- Neighborhood grocery stores
- Retail shops
- Fast food outlets
- Insurance companies