City of New Orleans to Hold Lottery for Jackson Square Artists and Vendors

The City of New Orleans announced that it will hold a lottery for qualified artists and vendors to obtain permits necessary to sell art in Jackson Square in the French Quarter on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

City code requires artists who sell art on or around Jackson Square to obtain an Occupational License and Mayoralty Permit from the Department of Finance’s Bureau of Revenue.

The Bureau of Revenue will conduct the public lottery for new “Artist A” permits Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m. in the breezeway between City Hall and the Civil Court Building. The lottery is only open to qualified applicants due to distancing requirements, and candidates should enter at the Perdido Street gate entrance.

Those eligible to obtain a Jackson Square “Artist A” permit are qualified applicants who either have a current Pirates Alley “Artist B” permit or have an application on file for a Jackson Square Artist Permit on or before March 31, 2021.

Those who have met the qualifications and are interested in participating must apply in-person from Monday, April 26, through Friday, April 30, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Department of Finance’s Bureau of Revenue office located on the first floor of City Hall. All applicants must present a valid photo ID. All Pirates Alley permit holders who seek to upgrade to a Jackson Square permit must also present their current “Artist B” permit.

For more information, please contact the Department of Finance’s Bureau of Revenue Application Unit at (504) 658-1630, (504) 658-1694 or (504) 658-1621, or visit