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Plans are reviewed by the Permits and Inspections Division and other officials to assure that the requirements of the following codes and ordinances are met:
This generally requires that representatives of several city departments review the submitted plans. For simple projects with properly completed plans, application reviews can often be completed in one or two days.
Projects which affect exits, stairs, seating arrangements, handicap accessibility, or any other features covered under state statues must be submitted to the state fire marshal for review. This may take from two to three weeks. If a project does not include any of these features, or you aren’t sure if your plans need to be submitted to the State Fire Marshal, you are encouraged to contact the Shreveport Fire Prevention Bureau at 318-673-6740.
Building Permits for Parish of Caddo
Citizens can use this mapto enter their address and find their City Council member or click the council district below to view the map for each district.
District A - Tabatha H. TaylorDistrict B - LeVette FullerDistrict C - John NickelsonDistrict D - Grayson BoucherDistrict E- James FlurryDistrict F - James GreenDistrict G - Jerry Bowman, Jr.
All City Council meetings are held at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located on the 1st Floor of Government Plaza, 505 Travis St. Shreveport, LA 71101
Citizens can comment on items on the agenda at the Administrative Conference and the Regular Council meeting.
Citizens can comment on matters that are not on the agenda at the end of the Regular Council meeting.
Citizen’s speaker request forms should be completed and submitted to the Clerk before the meeting starts.
City Council agendas and minutes are viewable via the City's website at this link: Agendas & Minutes
City Council agendas and minutes for the years 2002-2009 are viewable via the City's website at this link: Archived City Council Agendas/Minutes
Ordinances and Resolutions are printed in the minutes of the meeting at which they are adopted and can be viewed at the following links Agendas & Minutes or Archived City Council Agendas/Minutes.
Copies can also be obtained by calling or visiting the City Council’s office.
A small fee is required for hard copies.
Committee meetings are posted on the city website calendar at least twenty-four hours before the meeting in accordance with state law. Additional information can be obtained from the City Council’s office.
The Mayor starts the budget process in June or July each year.
The Mayor is required to submit all budget ordinances and review materials to the City Council on or before October 1st of each year.
The City Council is required to hold a public hearing regarding the budget on or before November 15th and to adopt the budget on or before December 15th of each year.
Citizens can find answers about civic appropriations on the city’s website at the following links:Civic Appropriations Guidelines and Application
You have to file a motion and order for expungement with the court. The cost is $350.00 for criminal convictions and $400.00 for DWI convictions. The process takes 6 to 8 months. An expungement is for criminal history only, not your drivers license. If you need assistance in filling out your application for expungment, call (318) 673-5830
You can use the utility for Court Date Lookup under the Criminal and Traffic Tools Menu on this website or call the Criminal Division at (318)673-5830.
Public records are defined by the Louisiana Public Records Law as “[a]ll books, records, writings, accounts, letters and letter books, maps, drawings, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, memoranda, and papers, and all copies, duplicates, photographs, including microfilm, or other reproductions thereof, or any other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, including information contained in electronic data processing equipment, having been used, being in use, or prepared, possessed, or retained for use in the conduct, transaction, or performance of any business, transaction, work, duty, or function which was conducted, transacted, or performed by or under the authority of the constitution or laws of this state, or by or under the authority of any ordinance, regulation, mandate, or order of any public body or concerning the receipt or payment of any money received or paid by or under the authority of the constitution or the laws of this state.”
Every record made or received by the City is presumed to be a public record, unless it is subject to an exemption. Public records exempt from disclosure are those that federal, state or local law prohibits the City from disclosing or permits the City to decline to disclose. Louisiana Public Records Law and its exemptions appear in La. R.S 44:4.1.et. seq.
To review or receive a copy of a public record, you must first make a request to the “custodian” of the document in question. The most efficient way to make a public records request to the City-Parish is through its email address.
The custodian of a public record is “the public official or head of any public body having custody or control of a public record, or a representative specifically authorized by him to respond to request to inspect any such public records.”
There is no specific form that must be used to request records, nor is there any language you must use in your request. To expedite processing of your request, please be as specific as possible. Keep in mind that all public records requests must request a record, not ask a question.
Any person of the age of majority may request a public record.
Examinations of records must be conducted during regular office or working hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), unless the custodian authorizes examination of records in other than regular office or working hours. In this latter event, the persons designated to represent the custodian during such examination shall be entitled to reasonable compensation to be paid to them by the public body having custody of such record, out of funds provided in advance by the person examining such record in other than regular office or working hours.
There is no fee for the response or to examine records. The Department may charge for the duplication of copies of records. If there is a request of a copy of a record in a format other than paper, then the Department may charge you for the cost of the medium on which the information is duplicated (e.g., a computer disc). In addition, a Department may charge you for the postage of sending the records to the requester.
Immediately call The City’s Department of Water and Sewerage at 318-673-7600. Staff will be deployed to investigate, clean, take samples, and work with the state’s Department of Environmental Quality to report and monitor the spill.You should also take these precautions:
Please call customer service at 318-673-6000 for additional questions.
1. Credit (must be reasonably good)2. Capacity (ability to repay)3. Capital (money going into the business)4. Collateral (your asset that secure the loan)5. Character (you as a person)6. Conditions (economy, finances, anything that affects your business)7. Commitment (your ability and willingness to succeed) 8. Cash Flow (can it support the business’ debt and expenses?)
For example: If you have an insurance policy from provider “A” and the policy only covers 40% of the ambulance transport costs, that means you are responsible to pay the other 60% out of pocket. EMS LifeCare picks up the remaining 60% of the transport costs leaving you with no out-of-pocket transport costs.
In addition to the permit fee the facility will be required to test their wastewater at set intervals outlined in the permit. The cost of the periodic sampling events will vary greatly depending on how many and what kinds of parameters are listed in the facility's permit as well as the lab chosen to do the work. There are several independent labs in the Shreveport area to choose from.
It depends of how the industry is classified (general, non-significant, or significant industrial user). The parameters that will be required to test for depend solely on the characterization of the waste being discharged.
That determination will be made based on the information that is submitted in the application form
The rules that define who needs a permit can be found at Title 33 Section 3241. B. 14. a-k. of the Louisiana Administrative Code.
The rules may appear somewhat complex and confusing; however, the list below is a simplified guide to assist you to determine if your facility needs a permit. The list uses "SIC" codes to determine if you may need a storm water permit. If you do not know your facility's SIC code, the Standard Industrial Classification Index from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration can help you. Or, just call us at 673-6583 we'll be glad to assist.
• 1011 thru 1499, mining and mineral extraction• 2011 thru 3999, manufacturing• 4011* thru 4581*, transportation*If facility has vehicle maintenance shops, equipment cleaning operations, fueling, or air port de-icing operations.• 5015, automobile junkyards• 5093, metal scrap yards• 5171, petroleum bulk stations Additionally, the following types of facilities are required to have storm water permits: • Hazardous waste treatment, storage, or disposal facilities.• Landfills, land application sites, and open dumps.• Steam electric power generating facilities, including coal handling sites. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & He
The completed NOI is then sent to the DEQ, with a copy going to the City of Shreveport. Once the permit certification has been sent to your facility, you are required to send a copy of it to:
City of ShreveportStorm Water SectionP.O. Box 31109Shreveport, LA 71130
Obligations Under the PermitThe applicant must develop and maintain a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) as a requirement of this permit. The EPA has developed a guidance manual to assist in the development of your SWP3, entitled Storm Water Management for Industrial Activities, Developing Pollution Prevention Plans and Best Management Practices.
Completion of the SWP3 is required when the NOI is submitted. A copy or a synopsis of the SWP3 must be sent to the city at the address above.
(3) Finally, discharges high in oil and grease content can result in clogs and backups in the City's sewer collection system, causing potential overflows of sewage on the ground and damage to city lines and pumping equipment. Discharges from restaurants and other facilities with high grease levels in their waste product can cause these types of problems.
Proper "pretreatment" of a waste stream before it is discharged to the City's sanitary sewer system prevents these problems.
Currently, there are approximately 25 Significant Industrial Users (SIUs) which discharge industrial wastewater into Shreveport's sanitary sewer system. Numerous restaurants also discharge their graywater into the sanitary sewer system.
Each of these users has a permit issued by the City which allows the discharge, provided that certain requirements are met (including regular monitoring, reporting, and proper operation of the pretreatment system).
Main Objectives of the City's Pretreatment Program
• Protect the city's wastewater treatment plants• Protect the health and safety of the workers at these facilities• Protect the sewer collection system• Prevent plant interference and pass through• Prevent non-compliance with the terms of the City's wastewater discharge permits • Protect receiving waters• Enhance bio-solids reuse and water reclamation
"Permitted" facilities are required to have tests run on their wastewater by independent labs at stated intervals and must report the results of the tests to the City.
The City of Shreveport Pretreatment staff visits the permitted businesses without warning from time to time to sample the wastewater being discharged. These samples are also tested to make sure the permit is not being violated.
The City's Pretreatment Staff is responsible for reporting monitoring results regularly to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
318-675-2137 is the non emergency phone number for SFD.
You don't have to give us your name.
The number to call is (318) 222-5698 or use the online Fraud Hotline form.
If you have any questions or don't see an answer to your question, please contact the Program Coordinator Marcia Nelson at 318-673-7528.
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Parish Certificates Commercial No fee Residential No fee
Residential certificates of occupancy renew every 24 month at the same rate.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you should allow approximately 48 hours for the report to be entered into the system before trying to obtain a copy. Reports are available online https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/search?AGENCY=LA0090100. Or you can also obtain a copy of the report at:
Police Department - Information Services Bureau
1234 Texas Ave.
corner of Texas and Murphy
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Citizen parking is provided at metered spaces on the Murphy Street side of the department. The Information Services Bureau is located directly in front of you as you enter the Police Department entrance. All fees shall be charged and collected in accordance with Shreveport City Code Div. 2; Services; Section 26-106. Any fees charged shall be collected prior to the release of information.
Accident reports are $10.00 per report.
Offense or incident reports are $6.00 per report that does not exceed two pages and $2.00 per page for each page in excess of two pages including but not limited to witness statements and supplemental reports. If you have any further questions, call 318-673-7085.
Grass should not excess 12 inches tall.
1. Are there so many vehicles on both streets that controls are needed to assign R.O.W. or relieve congestion?
2. Is the traffic on the main street so consistently heave that drivers on the side street must try to cross when it is unsafe?
3. Are there some many pedestrians trying to cross a busy main street that confusing, congested, or hazardous conditions result?
4. Are there so many school aged children trying to cross the street at the same tiems that they need special controls for their supervision or protection? If so, is a signal the best solution?
5. Are signals at this location going to help drivers maintain a uniform pace along the major street without being stopped unnecessarily?
6. Does the collision history indicate that a signal will reduce the probability of driver actions which cause collision?
7. Is the character of the minor street such that additional traffic attracted by the existence of a signal, desirable to the adjacent neighborhood?
8. Is there a combination of the above conditions and factors which indicates that a traffic signal will result in improvement rather than a detriment?
*For more details on this subject please go to the Traffic Engineering Web page and look under Additional Information and then click on this topic.
As these signs are not recognized by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and there are definite problems associated with them, it is our policy not to install "Slow Children At Play" signs.
*For more detailed information on this topic visit the Traffic Engineering Web page. Under Additional Information you will find a complete explanation on this topic as well as several others.
One common misuse of stope signs is to arbitrarily interrupt through trafic, either by causing it to stop, or by causing such an inconvenience as to force the traffic to use other routes. Where stop signs are installed as "nuisances" or "speed breakers," there is a high incidence of intentional violation. In those locations where vehicles do stop, the speed reduction is effective only in the immediate vicinity of the stop sign, and frequently speeds are actually higher between intersections. For these reasons, it should not be used as a speed control device.
Well-developed, nationally recognized guidelines help to indicate when such controls become necessary. These guidelines take into consideration among other things, the probability of vehicles arriving at an intersection at the same time, then length of time traffic must wait to enter, and the availability of safe crossing opportunities.
You can either contact Public Works directly at 318-673-6300 or you can utilize the Report A Concern, see the attached link below. http://la-shreveport2.civicplus.com/requesttracker.aspx
No there is no monthly service fees, or any fees associated with the service. The only cost that may be associated with the integration could be the FUSUS core box. This will be discussed before integration. The prices of the FUSUS core boxes vary based on how many cameras are integrated. The City of Shreveport is providing some core boxes free of charge.
The RTCC only has access to the camera feeds the establishment allows the RTCC to have, all other camera feeds will be blocked from viewing.
All footage is stored at the location of the establishment, the only time the RTCC stores data is if footage is recorded by the RTCC. Once recorded that footage is stored in a CJUS compliant vault and is maintained as evidence until released to the proper agency.
At any point in time the establishment no longer wishes to participate they simply unplug the FUSUS core box at that point the link for the RTCC to view the camera feeds is no longer available for the RTCC.
The RTCC responds to calls for service on which our assistance is requested, or high priority calls for service. During times that no such calls for service are required, the RTCC monitors camera feeds to search for possible criminal activity.
An RTCC is staffed 24/7 by analysts whose primary mission is to reduce the number of man-hours required for detectives to find and use video evidence. Also, in priority 1 or life-threatening events, analysts will use cameras to find more information while a patrol officer is in route or on scene.
Citizens often ask, “How can I help?” when it comes to public safety. One of the primary ways residents of Shreveport can help is by sharing relevant video clips from their street facing cameras, like a Ring doorbell.
The registry tool is a way to tell the RTCC and SPD that you have a street-facing camera, and how you can be contacted (e-mail, phone). If any crime happens in your neighborhood, the registry allows the RTCC to request footage in a few clicks.
The RTCC cannot view registry cameras, and can only receive video when a citizen decides to upload it.
You will receive a text and email with a secure link to upload clips requested should you wish to participate.
Businesses with street facing cameras may sign up with the RTCC Registry application just like any other citizen, but businesses can also purchase a $200 device (one-time cost) or $600 device (depending on how many cameras they wish to share) to allow the RTCC the ability to retrieve clips and review footage.
Any business who integrates directly in this way can provide parameters for how long video is stored, and should they ever wish to remove the integration, they can simply unplug the device.
This is due to a variety of reasons. The data center that houses all of the technology that runs government services is a 24/7 facility, with all of the battery and generator backup required for power, and two fiber internet connections, allowing the RTCC to stay up and running 24/7.
A RTCC is heavily dependent on technology, and locating it near all of the experts within the IT department allows technology issues and integrations to be resolved quickly and cost effectively.
Furthermore, the RTCC division is an unclassified division, with policies and procedures that match an evidence room. This both allows the IT department to deal with personnel problems quickly and hire more quickly than typical Civil Service or HR processes allow.
Finally, the primary mission of the RTCC is to support public safety, but video evidence and surveillance is used across many departments and is useful in many more situations – from natural disasters to weather events like our recent deep freeze, and more.
During emergency situations, if cameras are found near the event, the RTCC will search the video for anything that can help protect our officers or give them greater insight. During an event, the RTCC Analysts have a radio channel dedicated to conveying information to Caddo 911 Dispatchers, who will then disseminate the information (this allows for 911 dispatchers to continue being the source of information during an event).
For events in the past, detectives will request the aid of the RTCC, and analysts will provide any footage directly to the detective through a secure evidence vault.
While the City of Shreveport is installing camera systems on poles, having video evidence within neighborhoods or from participating businesses will help the RTCC have many more cameras available for evidence with the participation of businesses and citizens.
It would be impossible to purchase, build, and install camera systems that could cover the same areas that citizens are able to by participating with the Real Time Crime Center.
The Shreveport Guaranteed Income pilot program will serve 110 households for one year. That scope, while enormously significant to participants, does not meet the needs of our entire community. The goal of the Shreveport Guaranteed Income pilot program is to display the positive effects and outcomes of guaranteed income and to be used to advocate for similar programs at the state and federal level.
The monthly stipend is $660.00 per selected household.
Shreveport residents who are single parents with an income below 120% of the Federal Poverty level will be eligible and encouraged to apply to participate in this pilot. We are defining a single parent as a mother, father, stepparent, grandparent, caregiver, or legal guardian with a school-age child (Defined as a child at least 3 years old and less than 20 years old as of August 2021). The resident must be functionally single, whether married or unmarried. If unmarried, the resident cannot be living with a partner.
Applicants selected will be informed after approximately three weeks from the close of the application.
An outside, independent entity will conduct a lottery to select participants from the eligible pool of applicants. Once participants are selected, a second lottery will sort eligible applicants. Participants will be randomly selected into an “treatment intervention group,” and a “control group,.” or a non-participant group. The intervention group will receive the guaranteed income. The control group will NOT receive the guaranteed income, but will be invited to participate in future research activities. The control group allows us to understand the impact of guaranteed income over time amongst two similar groups of people: one who receives guaranteed income and one who does not. People assigned to the non-participant group will not receive a guaranteed income through the program and will not be invited to participate in any further research activities.
The City of Shreveport and our partners are working closely with the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, the Federal Reserve, and other organizations to keep guaranteed income from impacting other benefits such as Child Care Assistance, SNAP, and emergency rental assistance. We will have a link where a benefit calculator will be made available during the application period to determine potential impact as well as financial counselors available to determine if any participants’ benefits will be impacted.
The City of Shreveport conducted extensive community outreach to design this program led by Mayor Adrian Perkins. Organizations engaged include the Office of Community Development, United Way of Northwest Louisiana through the Shreveport Financial Empowerment Center, Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation, and many others.
All limbs must be cut less than 6 feet in length.
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Click on the link below for more information about the Slow Down to Get Around safety campaign.
Slow Down to Get Around
Location1935 Claiborne AveShreveport, LA 71103
The wastewater usage charge for residential customers is based on an average of the amount of water you used during the previous winter months (AWC) or your current month's use, whichever is less.
The wastewater usage charge for non-residential customers is based on your current month's use.
"Average Winter Months Consumption" is calculated before the first billing cycle in May. An Account must have actual consumption for the months of November, December, January, and February. Of these four months, the month with the highest consumption and the month with the lowest consumption are rejected. The consumption for the remaining two months is then averaged to arrive at the "Average Winter Months Consumption" which will determine the maximum amount charged for sewerage.
Example of Calculation:
Billing Month Service Dates Water Consumption
November 2014 10/29/2014 - 11/29/2014 12,000 gallons
December 2014 11/29/2014 - 12/29/2014 18,000 gallons
January 201512/29/2014 - 01/31/2015 11,000 gallons
February 20151/31/2015 - 2/28/2015 14,000 gallons
In the example above, December is the month with the highest water consumption and January is the month with the lowest usage - these months are not used in the calculations. 12,000 (November consumption) + 14,000 (February consumption) = 26,000 26,000 / 2 = 13,000 gallons "Average Winter Months Consumption"
If an account does not have history to calculate, the AWC set by the city is 6,000 gallons.
Second, your water meter has a set of dials, similar to the odometer of a car, that rotate as water passes through the meter, whether used or lost. With your back to the house, simply read the numbers the numbers from left to right to get a reading. Compare this reading to the "current" reading on the statement.
If your reading is not correct (high or low) on your current statement please call the Department of Water and Sewerage at 318-673-5510 as soon as possible to have your meter reread.
METHOD 1Turn off all water taps inside and outside your home. Record the meter reading and return two to three hours to check for movement. If the reading has changed or the dial needle has moved, you may have a private leak.
METHOD 2Many meters have a small red (or blue) trangle on the meter face, designed to detect even small leaks. If the red triangle is moving when you have all the water off inside and outside your home, you may have a private leak.
Common sources of leaks: toilet that is running; a constant drip in a sink or outdoor faucet; a loose or dripping washer connection; a home water treatment unit; an evaporative cooling unit; or a sprinkler system.
The good news is that toilet leaks are easy to diagnose and fix. Simply put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 10 to 15 minutes. If the water in the bowl is colored, you have a leak. Most toilet leaks are the result of deteriorated flappers and outflow tubes that are simple and inexpensive to repair.
Also, remember unnecessary flushes can waste up to five gallons of water per flush. Don't use your toilet for a trash can.
1. The best way to find out what the highest water-using device/activity is at your house is to perform a water use audit.2. You can use a paper log of your meter readings to assist you with monitoring your water use. To help you understand your average daily water use, start off by taking meter readings at the same time each day over a period of one week. If you think your daily water use seems quite high, take more readings throughout the day and compare the differences.
Once you understand your normal water use patterns, change the reading frequency to every two weeks so you can keep a close eye on any intermittent problems which may occasionally pop up.
1. Stop using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Everytime you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bits of trash, you waste 5 to 7 gallons of water.2. Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers can waste 5 to 10 gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.3. Reduce flushing water. Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill them with water and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from operating mechanisms to reduce the fill amount.4. Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water-saving showerheads or restrictors that are easy to install.5. Take baths. A partially filled tub uses far less water than a long shower, but a short shower uses less than a full tub.6. When shaving and brushing your teeth, don't leave the water running. Run as much as you need, then turn off the tap until you need more.
1. Automatic dishwasher claim the most water in kitchens - about 12 gallons per run. Make sure the washer is fully loaded before you turn it on.2. Don't rinse the dishes in the sink before you put time in the dishwasher. Scrape them clean and let the machine do the rest.3. If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing.4. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables; Just rinse them in a stopped sink or a pan of clean water.5. Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.
1. Save up for a full load and make your water work efficiently.2. Set your machine for a lesser load, if it can be adjusted.3. For hand laundering, put a stopper in the washtup for both wash and rinse. Don't let the faucet run.
On the top left hand corner, there is a graph that illustrates usage. It shows how much was used this billing cycle, last month's billing cycle, and the usage a year ago.
You may contact customer service at 318-673-5510.
11301 E. Kings Hwy.
Shreveport, LA 71115