Opening a Business

Ouachita Parish is a great place to open a business. Monroe is the birthplace of Delta Airlines, CenturyLink and several other thriving businesses. We invite you to locate your business in Ouachita Parish.

For information, call the Monroe Chamber at PH: (318) 323-3461.

Monroe Chamber of Commerce

212 Walnut Street, Suite 100

Monroe, LA 71201

PH: (318) 323-3461

FX: (318) 812-7594

City of Monroe

Monroe is located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 165. The staff at the city of Monroe can assist with information on city permits, building codes and other permits.

P.O. Box 123

Monroe, LA 71210

PH: (318) 329-2310

Guide to Opening a Business in the City of Monroe

Business Proposing to Occupy an Existing Building:

1. Apply for the Certificate of Occupancy in the Planning and Zoning Office.

a. If the building is located in an historic district and there are external changes (including signage) approval by the Heritage Preservation Commission is required before a Certificate of Occupancy and a building permit is issued.

b. If additions to the existing structure are proposed, a building permit is required.

c. If the proposed additions do not meet the setback requirements, a variance may be applied for to the Board of Adjustment.

d. There may be some uses that require Planning Approval (Planning Commission) or Special Exemption (Board of Adjustment) review.
e. If the Certificate of Occupancy is only for the USE of the structure, a building permit is NOT required.

2. The seventy-five ($75.00) dollar application fee is then paid in the Inspections Office.

3. Appointments are then set up in the Inspections Office for the building, electrical, plumbing, fire and engineering (if applicable) inspectors for the inspection site.

4. Once the Certificate of Occupancy is signed off by all inspectors, the form is sent back to the Planning and Zoning Office.

5. The final Certificate of Occupancy is then issued and given to the applicant.

6. The applicant brings the final Certificate of Occupancy to the Tax and Revenue Office to obtain an Occupational License.

Planning and Zoning

3901 Jackson Street
PH: (318) 329-2212

(Certificate of Occupancy, zoning 
Information, meeting dates and time)


3901 Jackson Street
PH: (318) 329-2309

(Drainage, culvert information)


3901 Jackson Street

PH: (318) 329-2351

(Building, electrical, plumbing, fire)

Taxation and Revenue

Street 316 Breard Street
PH: (318) 329-2279

(Occupational Licenses)

These procedures are generalized and may not cover all cases.

Louisiana Economic Development

The source for information about the State of Louisiana economic development programs and incentives.

P.O. Box 94185

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9185

PH: (225) 342-3000

North Louisiana Economic Partnership

The NLEP formed in 2009, is the principal organization for economic development in the parish. NLEP is the source for information on available sites in Ouachita parish, Renewal Community benefits and various tax incentive programs.

1900 North 18th Street, Suite 440

Monroe, LA 71201

PH: (318) 387-0787

Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance

For information on available sites in Northeast Louisiana and information on Renewal Community benefits.

P.O. Drawer 746 
903 Louisiana Avenue

Ferriday, LA 71334

PH: (318) 757-3033

Entergy Economic Development

Additional information on sites and incentive programs in Louisiana, click here.

5353 Essen Lane
 Suite 120

Baton Rouge, LA 70809

PH: (225) 763-5060 Office

PH: 800-542-2668
 Toll Free

Monroe Regional Airport

5400 Operations Road

Monroe, LA 71203
PH: (318) 329-2460

Ouachita Parish Police Jury

300 St. John Street

P. O. Box 3007

Monroe, LA 71210-3007

PH: 318-327-1340

FX: 318-327-1339

University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Small Business Development Center

The SBDC provides entrepreneurs and small business owners opportunities to learn more about starting and managing their small business. In addition, the SBDC can provide management and technical assistance. 

University of Louisiana at Monroe

700 University Avenue (Stubbs Hall, Room 217)
Monroe, LA 71209

PH: (318) 342-1224

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Dallas – PH: (972) 850-4800

Houston – PH: (713) 718-3753