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City Court accepts cash, checks made payable to the City of Baton Rouge (no temporary checks), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card. A 4% processing fee is charged to credit card payments. A $50 NSF fee is charged on all checks returned unpaid for criminal/traffic payments. Payments by check can be made in person at:
233 St. Louis StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70821
or mailed to:
Baton Rouge City CourtAccounting DivisionP.O. Box 3438Baton Rouge, LA. 70821
Payment by mail postmarked after your court appearance date must include an additional $50.00 penalty fee. Credit card payments can be made in person or by telephone by calling 225-389-5289. Credit card payments processed by telephone through the Accounting division has a cut-off time of 4:00 p.m. Please have your ticket number and credit card number available when you call. Credit card payments can also be made through the City Court Online Payment Center website or through the City Court automated phone payment system, which can be reached by dialing 225-367-2338.
Animal Control and Rescue Center's hours are listed to report stray, loose, or nuisance animals. We will need a description of the animal(s) causing the problem, a description of the problem, and your name, address and phone number so we can get back in touch with you if necessary. The owner’s name and/or address is helpful, but not required. Cruelty and neglect complaints, dog fights and cockfights can be reported anonymously, but it’s important for you to provide as much information about the problem, as possible.
If you think someone is neglecting an animal, let us know. According to law, animals must be provided with adequate food, water and shelter, adequate space, clean living conditions and basic veterinary care. “Shelter” means an actual dog house; the dog being able to duck under a porch, car, or boat doesn't count. If a dog is kept on a chain, the chain must be at least five times the length of the dog (not counting the tail) and it must be set up so the chain doesn’t get tangled on bushes, posts, etc. Animal fighting is considered cruelty to animals.
If loose animals are causing a problem in your neighborhood, simply call the Animal Control and Rescue Center at 225-774-7700. Be able to give the dog’s location and a good description. If you think you know who the dog might belong to, tell us. You must give your name when you report a loose or stray animal, and if the owner turns up, he or she has the right to ask who called about their pet.
Call the Animal Control and Rescue Center. If the animal is wearing a rabies tag on its collar, you can read the tag number to us over the phone and we can trace the animal’s owners so you can contact them. If the animal is not wearing tags, you may want to take care of the animal for a few days while you run a “found” ad in the paper. The Advocate runs “found” ads for free (4 lines for 3 days; call 225-388-0111).You may also want to post “found” flyers in your neighborhood and in adjacent subdivisions. It’s a good idea to place a few flyers at local gas stations, veterinary hospitals, grocery stores, etc. If you can’t find the owner, or if you are not able or willing to try, just give us a call during normal business hours and we will pick the animal up. If you have kept the animal for more than a week, ran a “found” ad in the paper, and the animal is unclaimed, you may keep the dog or cat if you’d like to give it a home.
When your dog or cat receives its rabies shot and gets its tag at a licensed veterinarian’s office, it becomes officially licensed in East Baton Rouge Parish. City-Parish law requires both dogs and cats to be vaccinated for rabies at the age of three months, then once a year afterwards, and to wear a rabies tag on the collar. Even if you think your full-time indoor pet will never get out, accidents can happen. The serial number on your pet’s rabies tag will trace it back to you. Be sure to save your vet’s receipt — if your pet loses its rabies tag, you will be able to prove it is up-to-date on its shots.
If you’ve just moved to East Baton Rouge Parish, you must have your pet licensed and vaccinated by a veterinarian in the parish within 30 days. Don’t worry if your pet was recently vaccinated somewhere else. The “extra” shot won’t hurt if your pet is in good health, but take your vet’s advice. Sometimes a veterinarian will advise you to postpone the rabies shot if your pet is sick, pregnant, or taking medication. Please be aware that the rabies vaccinations and tags one can purchase at feed stores does not count as a legal vaccination in East Baton Rouge Parish for dogs, cats or ferrets. These animals must be vaccinated at a licensed veterinarian’s office.
Most birds, reptiles and other small animals commonly available in pet shops require no license or permit, but some do. It is illegal to keep certain wild or exotic animals as pets in East Baton Rouge Parish. If you have an unusual pet, or if you think you might want to get one, contact Animal Control and Rescue Center to find out if your pet is allowed in East Baton Rouge Parish or if any special permits are required. This information is also available in the online copy of the ordinance. We require that a person keeping more than 12 animals over four months of age apply for and obtain a kennel permit.
If barking dogs are a problem in your neighborhood, we suggest the neighborly approach as a good place to start. Maybe the dog’s owner isn’t aware that the dog is a problem to others, and the solution might be, as simple as asking the owner to bring the dog inside during the hours when you are trying to sleep. It’s surprising how often people are willing to cooperate when they become aware that their pet is keeping someone else awake. If the neighborly approach fails, you must write a letter describing the problem. Give as much detail as possible, including:
When we receive the letter, we can dispatch an officer to discuss the problem with the dog’s owner. A warning notice will be left to document the visit. If the dog continues to bark, and you make another complaint within 15 days, the owner will receive a summons. Be aware that, according to the definition used in the law, nuisance barking or noise-making must be excessive before a summons will be issued.
Many problems with raccoons, opossums and other wildlife often can be solved simply by building an enclosed pen for your garbage cans. It should have a top and four sides. Use a spring-type latch — this lets the garbage collector in but keeps raccoons out. You can also buy ready-made, raccoon-proof pens at some feed stores. Tamper-resistant garbage cans are another good solution. Or you could try stretching a piece of bungee cord across your garbage can lid. Just anchor the bungee cord to the handles. It’s also important to avoid leaving pet food out at night.If raccoon and opossum problems persist after you’ve removed food sources and secured your garbage, you can rent a humane box trap from the Animal Control and Rescue Center. A $40 deposit is required. This allows you to keep the trap for one week. Your deposit is returned when you return the trap. When you rent the trap, you will be given detailed instructions on setting it up and baiting it. When you catch your raccoon, or other nuisance animal, call the Animal Control and Rescue Center at 225-774-7700 and an officer will come and pick up the trapped animal. You never have to touch it.Please do not feed raccoons. Sure, raccoons are cute. But rabies isn’t. Raccoons can carry rabies, which is transmittable to humans, pets and livestock. Raccoons also carry distemper, a serious disease which can be transmitted to dogs and cats who aren’t up-to-date on their shots. If a raccoon bites a human, a doctor must be called immediately. Treatment may be needed for exposure to rabies and other diseases. If a raccoon bites a pet, take the pet to a veterinarian right away. View more information on how to humanely discourage wildlife (PDF).
Call 311 to report a dead animal on an East Baton Rouge Parish street. If you’re a good Samaritan and you notice that a dead dog or cat is wearing its rabies tag, you can call us and tell us what the tag number is, and we can track down the owner to notify them of the situation.
Dead animals on an interstate or on a state highway should be reported to 225-231-4131. For dead livestock call 225-389-3254.
Because of the danger of rabies, which is always fatal if untreated, animal bites and scratches must be reported to the Animal Control and Rescue Center. A bite report will be taken, and every effort will be made to find the animal, quarantine it, and observe its health for ten days. Anyone who has been bitten is safe from rabies if the dog or cat which bit them is still alive ten days later.
If you, a family member, or a visitor to your home was bitten by your own pet, if it is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, and if it was not running loose or otherwise in violation of the animal control ordinance at the time the bite occurred, you must report the bite, but you may be allowed to keep your animal confined in your own home and examined by your own veterinarian after ten days have passed. The animal must not be allowed to run loose or make contact with other animals or human visitors for ten days. You may also choose to kennel your pet at your veterinarian’s office during this time. If the animal dies for any reason during this time, you must contact the Animal Control and Rescue Center so your pet’s remains can be examined for rabies. Please call us at 225-774-7700 or read the online ordinance for details on what criteria must be met for the animal to be allowed to remain at home.
If the dog or cat was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, or if it was running loose or otherwise in violation of the ordinance at the time the bite occurred, the animal will be impounded in our Rabies Observation Kennel here at the Animal Control and Rescue Center for ten days. The owner may reclaim the animal after ten days have passed, and must be ready to pay any fines (such as, failure to vaccinate against rabies) that may apply. In some cases, you may pay your fines at the ACRC and then we will transfer your pet to your own veterinarian's office for observation. If you are bitten by a wild mammal, such as a fox or raccoon, notify Animal Control and Rescue Center immediately and we will make every effort to capture the animal and examine it for rabies. Birds, reptiles, fish, and other animals do not carry rabies. If you are not sure whether or not the animal that bit you is a mammal, please call the ACRC at 225-774-7700 and we can help identify it for you.
To join, you must be an employee of the City of Baton Rouge or a member of any constitutional, board, or commission offices attached thereto. Membership is also open to employees of the following organizations:
You may also be retired as a pensioner or annuitant of the above employers. Membership is also available to immediate family members of current and retired employees and office holders. Also, if you work, live, worship, or attend school in the ZIP code 70801 or 70802, you can join.
Answer: Valid Driver's License or State/Government Issued ID, Original Social Security Card, and proof of residence if different from Driver's License.
Immediate Family is defined as on of the following relationships:
You can apply for a loan the same day that you open your account.
We must get an approved rating from Telecheck and the minimum deposit is $25.
Savings account including certificates, IRA’s and loans only is quarterly. Savings and checking account monthly.
No. You have unlimited check writing privileges at no charge to you.
No. You must have a savings and a checking account to apply for a ATM or debit card.
Call the 311 Call Center at 225-389-3090 or you can just dial 311 and they will put in a service order for you.
We have 3 methods:
Pay Your Fine Online:
A traffic citation payment can be made online through our online system. It allows you to pay online if your ticket is a payable offense which does not require a court date to be set or proof of payment. Pay Now!
Pay In Person:
A traffic citation payment can be paid in person.
Baton Rouge City Court, Room 145 233 St. Louis StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70802
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
NOTE: If requesting an extension to pay your fine, you must appear on or before your due date at 8:30 a.m.
Pay By Mail:
A traffic citation payment can be made by mail.
Mail payment to:
Baton Rouge City CourtP.O. Box 3438Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3438
A payment postmarked after your Court Appearance Date must include an additional $50 Penalty Fee.
Baton Rouge City CourtAccounting DivisionP.O. Box 3438Baton Rouge, LA 70821
A payment by mail postmarked after your court appearance date must include an additional $50 penalty fee. Credit card payments can be made in person or by telephone by calling 225-389-5289. Please have your ticket number and credit card number available when you call. Credit card payments can also be made through the City Court Online Payment Center website or through the City Court automated phone payment system, which can be reached by dialing 225-367-2338. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted through these automated payment systems.
Community Service Work and Partial Payment plans are available in some cases. If you cannot pay your fine by the scheduled court date, you must appear in person in Room 145 to have your case file pulled and reviewed. Failure to appear timely will result in the issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest, withdrawal of your driving privileges, and the assessment of additional penalty fees. All City Court Warrants for arrest are posted on the City Court Warrant Page.
The following reports are available online for you to check various civil and criminal cases. You can access these online reports by going to our Case and Docket Information website.
You will need to appear in person in Room 145. The following costs will apply:
Background checks for the City are performed in the Criminal Records Division at the Parish Prison or at the:
Baton Rouge Police Department9000 Airline HighwayBaton Rouge, LA 70802
Baton Rouge City Court offers various Educational and Rehabilitative Courses (PDF) designed to:
Classes are currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost varies by class and ranges from $30 to $105 depending on the class taken. You may contact our Court Services Division at 225-389-5124 for more information.
The Clerk of Court/Judicial Administrator for the Baton Rouge City Court is Elzie Alford, Jr. Elzie may be reached at 225-389-5279 and "Press 9" or Email Elzie Alford, Jr.
Baton Rouge City Court is made up of 5 judicial divisions, A-E They serve a term of 6 years. Listed below are the judges:
Each judge is on duty for one week at a time. Please refer to our Duty Court Schedule page for assigned duty weeks. The duty judge is on duty from 8 a.m. on the Monday beginning his/her week of duty until 8 a.m. the Monday ending his/her week of duty.
You may submit a letter to the Clerk/Judicial Administrator of Baton Rouge City Court with your request to become an interpreter for the specific language you are interested in. State in your letter whether or not this is your native language. If you have certification in the language you are requesting to interpret for, you may provide copies of such with your letter.
If approved by the Clerk of Court, your name will be added to the interpreter list the court maintains for appointment purposes. You will be contacted on an, as needed basis and the frequency varies among the number of interpreters currently on the Court’s approved list for the language you have selected. The Court attempts to utilize the services of interpreters who are on the Louisiana Supreme Court registry, with preference given to interpreters with certified status.
Pursuant to the Court’s En Banc Order, the rate of pay if appointed by the Court as a sign language interpreter, is $80 per hour, with a minimum of two hours paid and, as a foreign language interpreter, is $70 per hour, with a minimum of one hour paid for any foreign language service provided.
No. The City Court Clerk’s office does not handle these matters. You can contact the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office at 225-389-3950 for marriage licenses and birth certificates issued in EBR Parish. You can also contact the Office of Vital Statistics at 504-568-5152, or 504-568-8353, or toll free at 800-454-9570.
You can also obtain information and make an online request by visiting the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website.
Baton Rouge City Court is located at:
233 Saint Louis StreetBaton Rouge, LA
We are located downtown, directly across the street from the Baton Rouge River Center and Governmental Building. Our building has a fountain in the front. From I-110, exit LA 73/Government Street, exit number 1A - go west on Government Street toward the Mississippi River and the Baton Rouge River Center, and turn right on Saint Louis Street.
A tenant can be evicted by following our Eviction Procedure Guidelines (PDF). The rental property must be located within East Baton Rouge Parish. Generally speaking, a copy of the lease or a copy of the five-day Notice to Vacate must be provided in court, and the eviction suit is initiated with the Court by filing a Rule to Evict. A Rule to Evict form is provided by the Civil Division, located in Room 251.
This Court has jurisdiction to issue restraining orders and injunctions under La. Code of Civil Procedure Article 3601, et seq. A person may seek an injunction against another person in cases where “irreparable injury, loss or damage may otherwise result to the applicant.” The purpose of a restraining order or injunction is to prevent any further abuse. For more details and for understanding on how restraining orders are handled in court, view the Restraining Order page.
The maximum amount you can sue for in Small Claims Court is $5,000 and the maximum amount you can sue for on the regular Civil docket for this Court is $35,000.
The cost to file a civil suit is $201 for one defendant and $30 per each additional defendant. The cost to file a Small Claims suit is $75.50 for one defendant and $35 per each additional defendant. There may be additional costs for service to be made on the defendant, which can vary depending on where service is required and what agency must serve the paperwork. Please refer to our Civil Court Costs Schedule Pamphlet (PDF) for a listing of civil costs and for more information about service fees.
Different types of suits may have different time limitations on when a suit must be brought before the filing of the action is prescribed, or barred, by law. It is recommended that you speak to an attorney for an answer to legal questions like this. City Court employees are not permitted to give legal advice. You can seek assistance in obtaining an attorney by contacting one of the following agencies:
Lawyer Referral ServiceBaton Rouge Bar Association544 Main StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70802Phone: 225-344-9926Baton Rouge Bar Association Website
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services715 St. Ferdinand StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70802Phone: 225-448-0080Toll Free: 855-512-3980Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Website
You can bring an action in Small Claims court if you are suing for $5,000 or less. The normal Rules of Evidence do not apply in Small Claims Court; however, the decision of the Court cannot be appealed. There are also restrictions on what types of actions you can bring in Small Claims Court, as described in our Civil Court Costs Schedule Pamphlet (PDF) that is available in our Civil Division, Room 251. You can also obtain a copy of this brochure through the mail by calling 225-389-3017.
No. It is your responsibility to take any and all legal action necessary to collect on your judgment from the judgment debtor. Some actions you can use to help collect your judgment include:
You can start collecting your judgment immediately after the legal delays have run/expired.
A Garnishment is a way of collecting a debt where the judgment creditor withholds money or property that belongs to the judgment debtor that is in the possession or control of another person.
Interrogatories are written questions that must be answered under oath by the Garnishee. The garnishee must file his sworn answers to the interrogatories within 15 days from the date of service. If the garnishee fails to answer within the delay period, the judgment creditor may proceed by contradictory motion against the garnishee for the amount of the unpaid judgment, with interest and costs.
The “Garnishment Judgment” is an order instructing the garnishee to deliver the judgment debtor’s wages and/or commission to the Constable of the City of Baton Rouge.
The Constable’s Office is responsible for the disbursement of funds to you; therefore, any questions you may have concerning the seized wages and/or commissions are to be directed to their office at 225-389-3004. (Refer to the Garnishment Procedure Guidelines and Forms found in the civil forms section of our website).
It is the responsibility of the judgment creditor to complete a “Satisfaction of Judgment” and file it with the court. If the judgment creditor placed a lien on real property (such as a house or land) belonging to the judgment debtor, this will need to be cancelled by the judgment creditor with the Office of the Clerk of Court and Recorder of the parish where the lien was placed.
No, only part of your earnings can be taken by garnishment. You should contact an attorney or other legal service provider if you have questions regarding income exemptions.
Carefully read all of the instructions contained in the documents served on you. The Interrogatories must be answered under oath and in writing within 15 days from date of service and filed with the:
Office of the Clerk of Baton Rouge City Court233 St. Louis StreetRoom 251Baton Rouge, LA 70802
P.O. Box 3438Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Prior to submitting your answer, please ensure the following actions are complete:
Baton Rouge City Constable
P.O. Box 1471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
The Clerk’s Office accepts civil filings through facsimile means. The number to the Civil Division to fax file a document is 225-389-5260. In accordance with L.R.S 13:850, the following is required to be forwarded to the Clerk’s Office within 7 days of the fax filing, exclusive of legal holidays, for the facsimile filing to have full force and effect:
Baton Rouge City Court offers various educational and rehabilitative courses designed to:
Classes are currently held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost varies by class and ranges from $30 to $105 depending on the class taken. You may contact our Court Services Division at 225-389-5124 for more information. View the Educational and Rehabilitative Courses (PDF) for additional details.
No. The person to be enrolled in the class must sign the court documents for enrollment in all classes offered by the Court.
Court Services does not offer any classes in other cities or states; however, we do accept credentials from other courts and/or state approved schools in other cities or states.
Yes, Court Services will allow defendants to take one of our classes even if they are from out of town.
If you have a program you wish to offer to the Court, you may contact the Coordinator of Court Services and provide all the information you have, along with your credentials. An appointment will be scheduled to provide you an opportunity to present your program for the Court. in addition, a site visit will be arranged to review your facility.
A payment by mail postmarked after your court appearance date must include and additional $50 penalty fee. Credit card payments can be made in person or by telephone by calling 225-389-5289. Please have your ticket number and credit card number available when you call. Credit card payments can also be made through the City Court Online Payment Center website or through the City Court automated phone payment system, which can be reached by dialing 225-367-2338. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted through these automated payment systems.
You must appear in person in Room 145 on or before your scheduled court date to have your file pulled and reviewed to see if you qualify for approval of an extension. Another person cannot appear on your behalf to request an extension or reschedule your court date because the violator must sign for notice of the new court date. A personal appearance is required and proper picture identification is required. Another person can, however, appear and pay for your fine.
Community Service Work and Partial Payment plans are available in some cases. If you cannot pay your fine by the scheduled court date, you must appear in person in Room 145 to have your case file pulled and reviewed. Failure to appear timely will result in the issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest, withdrawal of your driving privileges, and the assessment of additional penalty fees. All City Court Warrants for arrest are posted on the City Court Warrants Page.
If you do not have proof of insurance, regardless if the vehicle is yours, you will be required to appear in court on the scheduled court appearance date.
There are two Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Laws, Article 892.1 and Article 894 that provide a method to keep a ticket or misdemeanor offense off of your record. To participate in either one of these programs, you must pay the fine and applicable driving school fee. Payment and scheduling can be completed by a personal appearance or a payment can be mailed along with a written request to participate in the program. A court appearance date will be given to you according to the applicable programs indicated below. If your payment and request is made by mail, you will receive your notice by mail.
Article 892.1 Requirements - Traffic Offenses:
Article 894 Requirements - Traffic, Misdemeanor, or DWI Offenses:
You will need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at 1-877-368-5463 to find out why your license has been suspended. You may have an outstanding traffic fine owed and must clear this up before your license can be reinstated.
All City Court bench warrants are posted on our Warrant Reports website. You can also call our Criminal/Traffic Division at 225-389-5278 or the Warrant Division of the City Constable’s Office at 225-389-3889.
The Baton Rouge Police Department no longer provides record checks for employment or housing. This can be done in person at the Bureau of Criminal Identification at State Police Headquarters located at 7919 Independence Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Their phone number is 225-925-6095. Forms can also be obtained from the Louisiana State Police website.
A ticket remains on your driving record for 3 years after the final disposition of guilty.
You can request a search of the records of charges filed in Baton Rouge City Court by calling the Records Division at 225-389-8388. There is a $20. record check fee charged for this search.
Some arrest charges can qualify for expungement if your case was dismissed or an acquittal was received. Call the Records Division at 225-389-8388. There is a $100. filing fee for requesting an expungement.
You can find out this information by calling the City Constable’s Office at 225-389-8433.
5 years from the final disposition date.
You may obtain a form online from our website or from our Records Division located in the basement of City Hall, 222 Saint Louis St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
The Charles R. Kelly Community Center is located at:
3535 Riley StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70805
Yes, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center serves ZIP codes 70811, 70812, and some of 70805, 70818 and 70739. Each community center serves different ZIP codes.
The Charles R. Kelly Community Center through the Office of Social Services offers a variety of services to eligible households such as: rent, mortgage, and utility assistance; project care for seniors; and prescriptions filled (maximum of $50). We also serve as an emergency food pantry that requires a documented emergency; food for seniors (40 pounds); a monthly distribution for seniors meeting income guidelines; and quarterly commodities distributed every 3 months to eligible households.
Call the center office at 225-357-5013 for information.
Seniors may apply for assistance with their utility bills, emergency rent and mortgage assistance, and with new prescriptions, subject to funds available.
Yes, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center is a VITA site to e-file your taxes. Please call 225-389-5464 for an appointment.
Yes, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center has a medical clinic; however, it currently is not open at this time for patients.
Yes, we offer the Senior Wellness Enrichment and Enhancement Program (S.W.E.E.P.), classes in sewing, dance, exercise, drama, flower arranging and jewelry making. Please call 225-389-5464 for more information.
Yes, there is a program that gives seniors (60 years and up) 40 pounds of food on the first Thursday of each month. The program is called Food for Families. Also, commodities are given quarterly to those who qualify.
Food for Families is administered by the Catholic Diocese of New Orleans. You may reach their office by calling 1-800-522-3333, or 225-357-9099.
To apply for OSS quarterly commodities that are given every three months, you may come into the center and bring in a picture ID, current proof of income, Social Security numbers for each household member, and you must live in one of the center’s ZIP code areas of: 70811, 70812, some of 70805, 70818, and 70839.
Yes, the Ronnie Edwards Event room. It accommodates 150 guests. Please call 225-389-5464 for more information.
Currently there is no office space available for rent.
The Dr. Leo S Butler Community Center provides a variety of services to the community such as rent, mortgage and utility assistance such as Project Care for senior citizens. We also provide a monthly food distribution for senior citizens who meet the income guidelines and quarterly commodities distribution every 3 months to eligible households.
Yes, the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center mainly serves the residents of South Baton Rouge.
Applications are accepted Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Applications are taken on a "first come, first served" basis until the quota of 30 per day has been met. Applications are taken until funds will be depleted.
At this time, funds are available for energy assistance. Please call 389-4814 or 389-4896 for further details and qualification requirements.
The Food for Families or Commodities distribution dates for the Community Center are the first and third Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For a list of the necessary requirements call 800-522-3333.
For the quarterly commodities program through the Social Services Department call 225-389-4896; 225-389-4814 or the Main Office at 225-358-4561 (BRACA Office).
The East Baton Rouge Parish WIC Office phone number is 225-342-1711. They assist with formula for infants and food for expecting mothers.
The Community Center also offers fitness classes to senior citizens to help them prolong their health and longevity. Call Mrs. Theresa Townsend, the personal trainer at 225-389-4860 for further details concerning the Sensational Seniors Fitness Program. The Community Center also offers computer classes for the senior citizens to help them keep abreast of changing technology and to assist them to become more computer literate. Call the main line, 225-389-4860, for dates and times.
Discover a complete listing of programs available on the Programs page.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jewel J. Newman Community Center offers a variety of activities and accommodations suitable for both public and private functions. The facility has both large and medium sized rooms allowing for private meetings and conferences. The larger room serves as a game room with a supply of tables and video games. The gymnasium area is suited for most indoor league and tournament sporting events and offers a stage and dressing area, accommodating for moderate theatrical or orchestral stage presentations. The gym features a fully-equipped kitchen.
The following agencies and programs are located in the center:
Yes, the Community Center offers two sessions, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Yes, JJNCC has available rental space for wedding receptions, family reunions, banquets and meetings.
Yes, our JJNCC facility is open on weekends for rental activities.
Recreational hours are 3 p.m. through 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The JJNCC offers an Exercise Program, Computer Literacy Classes and Ceramic Class.
You may apply for Food For Families/Seniors by calling 800-522-3333. Food For Families is administered by the Catholic Diocese of New Orleans.
Yes, Food For Families/Seniors distribute 40 pounds of food on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday of each month.
Contact the Office of Community Development at 225-389-3039 and ask to speak to the Intake Specialist.
The Office of Community Development has a roofing program for low and moderate income households. To see if you qualify call 225-389-3039 and ask to speak to the Intake Specialist.
Call 225-389-3039 and ask to speak to the Program Analyst in charge of rental projects.
The Office of Community Development publishes Requests for Proposals during the year. To be placed on the waiting list for proposals or to check on when the next funding round is, call 225-389-3039.
There are several places in Baton Rouge for you if you are homeless. There are shelters for families living together, single individuals (men and women), battered women, the mentally ill, persons with alcohol and substance abuse problems. You may call Louisiana 2-1-1 to find the shelter that meets your need.
The City-Parish Consolidated Plan is available in all public libraries as well as the LSU and Southern university libraries and on the City-Parish website under the Office of Community Development’s page. Also a copy may be obtained (on CD-ROM) by calling 225-389-3039.
ConnectBlue BR is a program that enables you to play a proactive role in the safety of your property, your assets, and the community. With the mission of improving safety for all, we encourage you to become part of ConnectBlue BR by applying to our camera directory or by sharing camera feeds from your property with the Baton Rouge Police Department. With your help, we can increase the safety of businesses and citizens, help solve outstanding crimes, and strengthen community relations.
By joining ConnectBlue BR you contributing to make our community a safer place.
Empowerment: For citizens to know their contributions are valued and meaningful.
Trust: To build on the foundation of our community relationships.
Safety: To ensure all citizens of Baton Rouge are protected.
Engagement: To include members of our community as instrumental parts of our operations.
Yes, depending on the camera system you have, you can leverage existing cameras/equipment that is already in place. However, there may be further enhancements that need to be made to ensure the connection into the system meets the requirements.
The requirements and associated costs to implement a solution that is compatible with ConnectBlue BR varies. It can be as simple as software updates to an existing camera system, but can also include hardware replacements or purchasing a new video system, depending on your needs. Our security experts can help guide you towards the solution that is best for you and your budget.
Yes. BRPD will communicate with you if camera feeds from your property could be valuable for a current investigation.
As the property owner, your responsibilities as part of ConnectBlue BR are to ensure your cameras are up to date and maintained, functioning correctly and, if an issue with your equipment occurs, you work with the visual experts to resolve the issue.
Yes. However, most residential and business-quality internet connections should possess sufficient bandwidth to connect your cameras to the program. Specific speeds and rates may vary depending upon the resolution and quantity of cameras connected to the program.
The lighting needs and considerations are dependent upon the capabilities of your camera hardware. In applications where sufficient lighting is a challenge, best practices suggest the deployment of infrared-capable cameras, which can provide additional illumination beyond the visible spectrum. For best results, quality outdoor lighting is recommended.
Yes. When you speak with the 911 call taker, notify them that you are part of ConnectBlue BR. The dispatcher will notify our responding BRPD team that your property is enrolled in ConnectBlue BR.
ConnectBlue Baton Rouge(BR) is a Public-Private Partnership initiative that will unite the citizens of Baton Rouge with our Police Department efforts. Our mission is to promote safety and well-being for all.
Properties that opt into our ConnectBlue BR Directory or share user-approved camera feeds, will play an important role in Baton Rouge’s public safety by sharing critical insight with first responders.
With your support, we can help prevent crime and prioritize response to incidents. Baton Rouge Police Department’s ConnectBlue BR initiative is leading the way by championing a new era of trusted partnerships.
Step 1: Join ConnectBlue BR Camera-Share Program by leveraging existing cameras on
your property or enhancing your camera system. Review the information and complete the
form at this link.
Step 2: Our audio-video experts will set up a meeting with you for a site visit to review your
existing equipment and the need for additional equipment.
Step 3: Once the equipment is installed or approved by our audio-video experts on-site,
they will contact Baton Rouge PD and assist with connecting your video system into the
Real-Time Crime Center.
Step 4: Congratulations! You are now part of ConnectBlue BR.
Step 1: Apply to our ConnectBlue BR Camera Directory using your existing cameras.
An expert from our team will be in touch with you shortly.
Step 2: After approval from our audio-video experts, we will list your camera as an
available resource if an incident occurs in your neighborhood.
Yes. It has all powers of arrest and is the enforcement arm of Baton Rouge City Court.
The Constable’s Office has a variety of jurisdictions such as:
Through the City-Parish Plan of Government and under State Constitution, this office has civil and criminal authority. The most frequent regulated services are:
All information is documented and maintained such as:
Generally this question is asked by other departments or agencies in order to submit grant/contract items for the committee's agenda deadline and Council agenda deadline. The information is therefore submitted to members for review. A copy of the meeting agenda deadline dates is available on the Council Budget Office website.
There are specific guidelines for filing a request to be considered by the Auto Committee. Only individuals who are assigned City-Parish automobiles have the need to obtain approval to transport other persons in the vehicle. This must be done prior to use of the vehicle in any other manner than which it was originally intended. This information may be obtained through the Council Budget Office website.
This question is addressed annually by department heads and outside agency directors. The hearings are scheduled on several dates dedicated for conducting the hearings and are televised on the governmental channel Metro21. Memorandums are sent to department heads and outside agency directors relative to their scheduled date and time. View the Council Calendar for meeting dates.
Periodically, council districts may request an accounting of their general fund balances. Having approved and controlled access to the Finance system, information may be obtained and presented accordingly. For more information, contact us at 225-389-3051.
Contact CT Division for more information
If you were a patient and would like a copy of your EMS report you will need to submit a written request along with a copy of your photo ID by clicking here. If you are an Attorney requesting a clients medical record you may access Chart Swap by clicking here.
Compliments and feedback may be submitted here or by calling (225) 389-5155.
Pay scale information for paramedics can be found here. Actual pay will vary based upon overtime and holiday pay.
All 911 operators are National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) Basic certified and certified by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Employment inquiries can be made here, and employment applications may be found by clicking this link.
Pay scale information for Emergency Communications Officers can be found here. Actual pay will vary based upon overtime and holiday pay.
A list of the Emergency Medical Services substations and their locations (PDF) is available for viewing or downloading.
EMS bills can be paid online using the Bill Payment portal on the homepage, or by clicking this link.
Information about joining the EMS Explorer post can be found on our Explorer Post page, or by emailing Nick Campo, the Explorer post leader.
This is an annual enrollment meeting for prospective Explorers and their parents to meet the post members and learn about the experiences the Explorer post has to offer. Following the meeting you will have opportunity to sign up for your son or daughter to join and participate.
Compliments or complaints may be made here by contacting Emergency Medical Services headquarters at 225-389-5155.
No, East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services does not provide hospital transfers. If you need assistance or have questions related to hospital transfers please contact Acadian Ambulance Services (AASI) at 800-259-1111.
Please contact The East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Association (EBREMSPA) for donation inquires.
Event coverage may be requested online or by contacting the Events department at 225-389-5155. Please note that submission of the Events Request Form does not guarantee approval. Coverage is based upon priority and availability.
If you would like information on becoming an employee of East Baton Rouge Parish EMS please fill out this short inquiry form and a Department representative will contact you.
Emergency Medical Services primarily only responds to 911 emergencies within East Baton Rouge Parish. However, there are special circumstances where EMS may be requested to provide assistance in the surrounding parishes. Such instances may include natural or man-made disasters and special events.
A service repair request can be made online by submitting a Service Request Form.
Sales quotes can be obtained by submitting a sales quote form online.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes are offered to the public on the third Thursday of each month from January 6 to 9 p.m. Registration for a CPR class can be made online at Citizen CPR enrollment.
Dial 3-1-1 from your phone or go online to report. You can also download the Red Stick 311 app to report your issue and track our progress in responding to it – free on Apple and Android devices.
Contact us at 225-389-4865 for more information.
Electronic filing is the transfer of tax return information and any associated payment using a modem and the internet. When you file your occupational license tax renewal using the electronic method, your paper return is replaced with an electronic file.
The Revenue Division does not have a mandatory filing policy.
Online filing is available to those businesses that received a current year renewal application with a pre-printed PIN number and you were in business for the full prior calendar year. If your renewal form does not include a pre-printed pin number or you were not in business for the full prior calendar year, then you are not eligible and must file a paper return. Also if your business has gross income of less than $2,500, online filing is not available. You must file a paper return.
Contact the Finance Department/Revenue Division at 225-389-3084. You will be asked to verify your account information and a new PIN will be made available to you.
After the entire filing process has been completed you will be allowed the option to print your return. Also at anytime during the filing process you may use your browser print option.
Yes, current rules require that you transmit your return and payment simultaneous.
Only the current year's information will be accepted at this time.
When electronic returns are filed, the transmission must be initiated on or before 11:59 p.m. on the last day of February. If the last day of February falls on a holiday or weekend, the return must be postmarked or transmitted by the next work day to be considered on time.
If your business has received the current year renewal application with a preprinted PIN you may file online. If you have another business that has not received a PIN via the renewal application you must file a paper return.
The tax is levied upon each business pursuing and conducting any business within the corporate limits of the City of Baton Rouge or within the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
The tax shall be levied only on the business and not separately on any individual who is either employed by or is a member of the corporation.
For a new business the occupational license tax is due prior to the date the business opens. The renewal of your occupational license is due January 1 and becomes delinquent March 1.
Occupational license renewal applications will be mailed to you during the month of December. If you receive a renewal application with an assigned PIN number, you are pre-registered and eligible to file your taxes online. Otherwise you will be required to file a paper return.
Beginning March 1st, the delinquent penalty is 5% for each month or fraction thereof and increased by 5% on the 1st of each month to a maximum of 25%. The interest is calculated at a daily rate of 15% per annum from due date until paid.
The Occupational License Tax Ordinance allows for deductions from gross income only in specific cases:
Generally, businesses with internet sales are not required to collect tax on those internet sales. However, if the business has a presence in East Baton Rouge Parish or delivers into East Baton Rouge Parish in its own trucks, it should register for and collect East Baton Rouge Parish sales tax on the sales it makes to East Baton Rouge Parish customers.
The due date for all registered filers is the 1st of the month in which the tax is due. A return is considered delinquent after the 20th of the same month. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, the return must be postmarked by the next work day to be considered paid on time.
The U.S. Post Office postmark is used to determine if a return is paid on time.
Yes. A return is required to be filed even though you have no sales within the jurisdiction. Please indicate on the return the number "0" in the appropriate columns.
The sales and use tax is levied on the following transactions:
For questions about the sales and use tax rates (PDF), please contact the Finance Department, Revenue Division, at 225-389-3084 or send an email.
The Sales and Use Tax Ordinance and state law exempts or excludes certain transactions from sales and use tax. Specific information regarding exemptions and exclusions can be obtained from the Revenue Division. Some of the major exemptions and exclusions are listed below:
Sales Tax SectionDepartment of Finance - Revenue DivisionCity of Baton RougeP.O. Box 2590Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2590
Submit your return by the due date. Any amount paid with your return will reduce the amount of interest and late payment penalty charges. The Revenue Division will bill you for the remainder of tax, interest, and penalties that are owed.
Any local businesses that would like to make arrangements to clear outstanding tax liabilities should contact the Revenue Division - Field Enforcement Section at 225-389-3088, extension 703. For those businesses that are located outside of East Baton Rouge Parish or out-of-state, please contact the Revenue Division, Taxpayer Assistance Section, at 225-389-3084.
Dealers whose sales tax liabilities average less than $50 per month after filing 12 returns may apply to file on a quarterly basis. If you average more than $50 per month, you will be required to file on a "monthly" basis
The delinquent penalty is 5% for each month or fraction thereof and increases by 5% on the 1st day of each month to a maximum of 25%. The interest is 15% per annum calculated on a daily basis until paid.
A letter explaining the reasons a penalty should be waived should be sent to the Revenue Manager at the following address:
City-Parish Finance DepartmentRevenue DivisionP.O. Box 2590Baton Rouge, LA 70821
The following are the primary factors considered when acting on a request for waiver:
Requests for waivers of penalties may be granted or denied in whole or part. In all cases, the goal of the Finance Department is to maintain a consistent and effective policy while treating all taxpayers fairly. The factors listed above are also utilized, to the extent applicable, in making decisions relative to penalty waivers in non-audit situations.
The taxpayer is selected for an audit based on one or more of the following reasons:
The Sewer User Fee is recalculated in July of each year and is based on the customer’s average water consumption during the months of October, November, and December of the prior year and February, March, and April of the current year. Each July, residents are mailed notices explaining how the fee is computed. Approximately 93% of our customers are billed by Baton Rouge Water Company. For these customers, the Sewer User Fee is calculated by computing the average water consumption in 100 cubic feet (CCF). An example of the sewer user fee for customers billed by Baton Rouge Water Company is as follows:
The minimum charge for the first 400 cubic feet of average water consumption is $24.50. Also, there is a charge of $4.43 for each additional 100 cubic feet of average water consumption. Based on the average consumption of 11.5 CCF, the Sewer User Fee is $57.73 (based on 2021 rates).
Sewer user fee $57.73 = ((11.5 CCF-4.0 CCF) x $4.43) + $24.50
For new residential customers, the Sewer User Fee is based on the average water consumption of 11.5 CCF. Adjustments are made after three full months of water consumption is available. A credit is issued to customers with water consumption below the average and the monthly Sewer User Fee is adjusted.
For existing residential customers, adjustments to the Sewer User Fee can be made if the average water consumption for the most recent six months is lower than the consumption being billed. Customers may call the Service Fee Business Office at 225-389-5378 to request a review of their account or send an email to [email protected].
The average monthly sewer user fee is $57.73 based on 11.5 CCF or 8,600 gallons.
Section 14.3 of the Unified Development Code requires that a property owner tie-in to the sewer system if they are within 500 feet of a sewer collection line.
The Sewer User Fee increases by 4% each January per the Sewer User Fee Ordinance, Ordinance 12647 (PDF). Also, in July of each year, your Sewer User Fee is recalculated based on your average water consumption during the months of October, November, and December of the prior year and February, March, and April of the current year. If you feel that your bill is not correct, you may contact the Service Fee Business Office at 225-389-5378 to request a review of your account.
This is usually true. Since 1999, when the rates started increasing, more and more people find that the sewer portion of their bill is higher than their water portion. This is now the case with most customers. The sewer portion of your bill can be reduced when your average water consumption decreases.
The amount billed for the Sewer User Fee is not based on the current water consumption stated on your monthly bill. Instead, it is based on the average consumption used during the winter months, which are the lowest water consumption months for most customers. The Sewer User Fee is recalculated in July of each year and is based on the customer's average water consumption during the months of October, November, and December of the prior year and February, March, and April of the current year.
You were notified when you received the final notice which stated that your bill had not been paid in 30 days. The final notice included charges for two months and stated that services would be disconnected if payment was not made by the due date. When no payment was received for this second bill, your utilities were disconnected.
The total balance due, plus the service charge for reconnection must be paid for water service to be restored. The total balance due includes charges for the current month and arrears. Payments must be made in person at the following locations:
The full amount of the arrears must be received by the due date to avoid being disconnected.
If you are connected to the sewer system, you will be billed.
If you are not connected to the sewer system, you should verify that the bill is for garbage and not sewer. The monthly garbage fee is $23. All residents in the parish are billed this fee except residents living in the corporate limits of Baker and Zachary.
You will be billed each month as long as the utilities are connected. If there has been zero water consumption during any month, credit can be given on your account for the solid waste fee charged. Credits can also be given for the sewer fee charged if the average consumption during the most recent three-month period is less than the consumption billed. These adjustments are done upon the request of the customer and will only be given every three months.
We use only the months of October, November, December (of preceding year) and February, March, and April (of current year) to calculate the customer's average. Since these types of systems are generally not utilized during winter months, the use of them should not affect your bill.
The Sewer User and Solid Waste User Fee Regulations provide that when it is determined that a contributor has not been billed for the sewer user fee or a resident has not been billed for the solid waste user fee (garbage), the City-Parish shall back bill the contributor or resident for such use. Adjustments made under this provision shall be limited to 12 months.
To schedule a tour, please call the Baton Rouge Fire Department at 225-354-1400.
Please call the Baton Rouge Fire Department at 225-354-1400 to learn about becoming a firefighter.
Neighborhood issues such as service requests, animal concerns, or general complaints can be reported the the Office of Neighborhoods. The Office of Neighborhoods functions as the voice of neighborhoods within City-Parish government. We communicate with individuals, neighborhoods and civic associations, lead dialogues about the problems they face, and work together with the rest of City-Parish government to find solutions.
You can find and view live stream and archived programs of the following meetings on the Metro 21 Live Stream & Archived Programs page.
Find a recycling collection schedule along with other recycling resources on our Recycling Office page.
Find out what jurisdiction you are in with the lookup tool which is designed for users to quickly find which jurisdiction an address is located.
Find out how to register a new business and view additional resources on our New Business Registration page.
Bagged household garbage including food waste and trash. No household hazardous waste (paint, chemicals, thinner, batteries, electronics). Cart lids must be closed; overflowing carts will not be collected; move any vehicles blocking the street on collection day. For more information, contact us at 225-389-4813.
Garbage and recycling carts must be placed at the curb by 5 a.m. for pick-up on the scheduled service day. Carts should be removed from the street in a timely manner. For further questions, contact us 225-389-4813.
Head Start enrollment is August through May and Early Head Start is January through December.
The program is free to those who are eligible.
All programs and services require the customer to meet certain eligibility criteria. In most cases, the customer’s household income must fall below the established federal poverty income.
The Division is comprised of the Office of Social Services, East Baton Rouge Head Start / Early Head Start program, Ryan White HIV / AIDS program and WIOA.
The Division provides administrative and fiscal management for all social services and community development programs funded by the federal and state governments. The Division employs over 328 and manages $20M in grant funds.
The Division is committed to seeking funding opportunities for additional programs and services that respond to prevalent issues that affect the vulnerable population and minimizes their ability to achieve self-sufficiency.
New job openings are posted every Friday at 12 noon.
Starting October 5, 2018, visit www.brla.gov/jobs to view all public job openings.
Starting October 5, 2018, visit www.brla.gov/jobs to view all job openings. Reference the job announcement to determine if a position is City-Parish Promotional or Department Promotional only.
Each job openings/announcement contains the application period (start/end date) for submitting your application and attachments. The standard application period is Fridays at 12 noon through Thursdays at midnight.
It is common to see multiple job openings for the same position when each position is located in a different department or division. You must apply for each interested position.
Human Resources has up to (60) days after your test date to provide results. You will receive an email providing your score.
You are not required to retake a written exam if you previously received a valid passing score. Your exam score remains valid until Human Resources changes the written exam. If you opt to retake a written exam, your most recent score (pass or fail) is the prevailing score. For “FAIL” exam scores, you must wait (3) months from the test date to re-take the exam. For “PASS” exam scores, you must wait (6) months for exam re-take.
For eligible positions, you must apply and attach your Reemployment form. If the department is hiring “reemployment” eligible applicants only, this will be noted in the job announcement. The Reemployment form is located at https://www.brla.gov/284/Employment-Application-Forms. Please reference Reemployment Rule V for guidance on eligibility (located on the form).
Request eligibility approval by emailing the Recruitment and Examination Division at [email protected]. The Recruitment and Examination Division will review your Applicant Profile (online application) to determine eligibility.
Request a review letter by emailing re[email protected]. You must have an Applicant Profile (online application) with applicable education and certification/license documentation attached.
Yes, Criminal Record Checks will be run on all applicants not currently employed with the City-Parish Government, as well as those employees originally hired as a minor or returning from a break in service. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and driver's license history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate.
City-Parish government offer its full-time, regular classified employees an excellent benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement, credit union, sick leave, vacation leave, funeral leave, civil leave, and holidays. Check Out our Employees Benefits.
The application process depends upon the position for which you are applying. For all open positions, the application and attachments must be submitted before the deadline date and time. All applications with a Thursday deadline must be received no later than 12 midnight Thursday. If a written examination is required, then the application must be submitted online prior to testing. For more information view the Walk-In Test Schedule.
Apply for the position of interest and attach a completed Transfer Form to your online application.
You can update certain sections of your application by selecting Applicant Profile. For access to update any section of your application, you must select APPLY for any position and proceed with updating as necessary. If you are not interested in applying for the position, select SAVE FOR LATER to save your changes. Visit www.brla.gov/howtoapply to reference the manual and video on updating your application.
If you are considered for a position, the hiring department will contact you for an interview.
Contact the Human Resources Classification & Pay Division at 225-389-3129 for copies of job specifications or find the descriptions on the Metronet.
You must contact the Payroll and Benefits Division at 225-389-3134.
Contact the Employee Relations Division at 225-389-8727.
Contact Penny Stobaugh at 225-389-5449.
You can contact State Civil Service at 225-925-1911.
Job Services can be reached at 225-342-1411.
No. A position must be open for application in order to apply. Please review the job posting for the position you are interested in. If you do not have the specific minimum requirements and wish to discuss the equivalent combination of training and experience, please contact the Recruitment staff at 225-389-3132 or reference the Substitution Equivalency Guide.
Yes, resumés are not accepted in lieu of a completed online application. City-Parish applicants are expected to provide accurate and complete application information regarding employment, education, criminal history, etc. Any misrepresentation of information will disqualify applicants from employment consideration and subject current employees to dismissal.
No, original documents are not required. Copies of education, certifications, and similar documents must be attached to your online application prior to submitting your application for a position.
Written and skills examinations are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. You can get a testing schedule from the Recruitment and Examination Division or from our Walk-In Test Schedule.
You must report to Juvenile Court as soon as possible to address the warrant.
Adoptions, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), Voluntary Transfer of Custody, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings are filed directly with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Adoption Department at 222 St. Louis Street, B-1, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Any other juvenile matter should be filed at Juvenile Court in the Docketing Department.
Juvenile Services is located at 8333 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The main office can be accessed using the same parking lot as the Juvenile Court. Upon entering the parking lot, visitors should drive to the back of the parking lot. Juvenile Services is the building located to the left of the parking lot.
The Juvenile Detention Center is located at 8333 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The facility is directly adjacent to the Juvenile Court. Visitors should use the same parking lot as the Juvenile Court.
The Department of Juvenile Services does not provide transportation. However, our office is a designated bus stop for Capital Area Transit System (CATS).
Probation Officers and Probation Counselors can be contacted by calling 225-356-4471. Callers must identify themselves, the youth on probation and their relationship to the youth for verification in order for information related to the youth to be released.
The Department of Juveniles Services is only permitted to supervise a juvenile when they have committed a status offense or a criminal offense, and have an active case with the Department.
The length of time your child will be on probation will be determined by the Court Order.
The Department of Juveniles Services Families in Need of Services (FINS) section is designed to assist families and children that are having difficulties. The parent and the child must report to the Department of Juvenile Services to complete necessary paperwork to enroll the child and the family in the program. A screening process occurs, and if the family is accepted, a FINS Probation Counselor will be assigned the case.
A juvenile can only be placed in the East Baton Rouge Detention Center if they have committed a delinquent act or ordered detained by the Court.
All youth detained in the Juvenile Detention Center attend school daily and are given credit for attendance. The teachers located at the Department of Juvenile Services are employed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and the program is recognized by the other schools within other school systems within the parish.
The Department of Juvenile Services will provide officers to speak at schools. A representative from the school should contact the Department to schedule a presentation.
The Juvenile Detention Center does not provide tours of the facility to youth groups. However, on a case-by-case basis, detention staff will talk with youth about youth life in the detention facility. Community groups should contact the Detention Manager to request a tour of detention. Requests to tour detention are given careful consideration to the impact on youth detained in the facility and may be denied.
The Juvenile Detention Center does not provide tours of the facility to youth groups. However, on a case-by-case basis, detention staff will talk with youth about life in the detention facility. Community groups should contact the Detention Manager to request a tour of detention. Requests for tours are given careful consideration as to their impact on youth detained in the facility and may be denied.
All youth detained in the Juvenile Detention Center attend school daily and are given credit for attendance. The teachers at the Department of Juvenile Services are employed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and the program is recognized by the other schools within other school systems within the parish.
Visit our Volunteer Program page for information on working with youth at the Detention Center.
A juvenile can only be placed in the East Baton Rouge Detention Center if they have committed a delinquent act or ordered detained by the Court.
Probation Officers and Probation Counselors can be contacted by calling 225-356-4471. Caller must identify themselves, the youth on probation and their relationship to the youth for verification that information related to the youth can be released.
Completely avoid the incident and report it immediately by calling 911.
In East Baton Rouge Parish we live with a wide range of potential hazards: floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, chemical or toxic material spills, civil disruption, public service strikes, major accidents (both fixed site and mobile), hostage and terrorist situations. Also, part of the Parish is in the ten-mile emergency planning zone of a major nuclear plant; the ever increasing danger of a nuclear disaster; and at least two geological fault lines extending throughout the Parish. Below are the top 10 potential hazards that may affect East Baton Rouge Parish.
- Cyber Incidents
- Extreme Heat
- Hazardous Materials
- Severe Weather
- Winter Weather
Pets are not allowed at American Red Cross shelters. Sheltering of pets in East Baton Rouge Parish will be controlled by the Companion Animal Alliance.
Hurricane Season, the time in which we are most likely to experience the threats of Hurricane and Tropical Storm activity, begins June 1 and continues until November 30 every year. Contact us at 225-389-2100 for more information.
For information contact:
Visit brla.gov/412 and www.redstickready.com
Follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook and Twitter
Download the free Red Stick Ready App on your smartphone
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness3773 Harding BoulevardBaton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: 225-389-2100Fax: 225-389-2114
This information can be found at these two websites:
There is a River Bend Station siren test the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM. Call at 225-389-2100 for further questions.
Pre-planning for an emergency can reduce the possibility of personal injury, loss of life, and damage to property:
Learn more about being prepared on our Family Preparedness page.
Find the steps to creating a Family Emergency Plan on our Family Preparedness page.
Be prepared for an emergency. See a list of items to be put into your disaster supply kits.
East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge have a consolidated form of government. The head of the executive branch serves as both the president of the parish and the mayor of the city; thus, the title mayor-president.
The Mayor of Baton Rouge is called "Mayor-President" because she or he is Mayor of the City of Baton Rouge and President of East Baton Rouge Parish. This stems from 1947, when the people of the parish voted to consolidate the functions of local government so that the City of Baton Rouge, which was growing significantly after World War II, and the rural, unincorporated areas of the East Baton Rouge Parish, could all be served by many local government departments.
Our local government was further consolidated in 1982 when the citizens voted to join the City and Parish Councils into one governing body called the Metropolitan Council. This also meant that 12 Council Members would be elected from single-member districts.
Consolidated government is regarded as a more efficient way of running a metropolitan area. It has a threefold objective: to eliminate duplication of governmental services; to increase governmental efficiency; and to reduce costs. For example, caring for roadways requires the same type of skilled employees and equipment, no matter if the roads are in the parish or the city. Therefore, having one Department of Public Works instead of two is more cost effective.
The Mayor-President is like the City Parish's Chief Executive Officer, setting the city's agenda, vision, and managing its day-to-day functions. The Mayor-President appoints most of the department heads, and supervises and directs the services of those departments. While he or she does not set the city's public policy (that is the job of the Metropolitan Council) the Mayor-President influences policy through relationships and appointees. The Mayor-President also prepares and submits the annual budget to the Metropolitan Council. As one of 50 mayors of state capital cities, our Mayor represents Baton Rouge throughout Louisiana, the U.S., and the international community.
You may fax a letter to the Mayor's Office detailing the event (include date, time, location as well as a contact name and number), to 225-389-5203. You may also mail your request to:222 St. Louis Street
3rd FloorBaton Rouge, LA 70802
If you fax your request, please include "Request Mayor's Attendance" in the subject line.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is responsible for setting the policy of the City-Parish, including establishing local sales taxes, setting the salaries of police officers, approving whether a piece of property is ultimately rezoned, determining whether or not liquor can be sold on Sundays and more. One of the biggest responsibilities of the Metro Council is approving how the City allocates the money. Each fall, the Mayor-President submits the City-Parish's budget for Council review. In the event there's a surplus of revenue, the Council also decides how the funds should be spent.
When it comes to passing new legislation, it is Metro Council members who get the ball rolling. Many of the items that members introduce come first from constituents, so it is important to get to know your Council Member and what he or she stands for.
They earn $1,000 a month for their role on the Council.
After a new council is seated, members elected their own president, or Mayor Pro Tempore. The Mayor Pro Tempore presides over meetings and serves on the Mayor-President's behalf, when the mayor is unavailable.
The Council meets in the downtown City Hall building located at 222 Saint Louis Street. The Council Chambers are on the third floor, room 348. The Council usually meets twice monthly, and often more frequently.
Public hearings are held to give the community an opportunity to voice their opinions on matters. Public hearings are held for various issues such as road projects, appropriating money, and levying taxes. Before a public hearing may be held, the item is first introduced by a Council Member then approved by the body for discussion at a later date. In that interim period, the date and time of the public hearing are advertised in the newspaper, and on our website.
Yes, in 1995 the citizens of the parish voted to limit both the Mayor-President and members of the Metropolitan Council to three consecutive terms of office.
There are several ways to find out who your council member is. You can use the Council District map. If you still need help in determining who your Metro Council member is, call the Council Administrator's office at 225-389-3123.
No, we no longer pick up dead birds in the parish because there is no state or federal funding for testing the birds at Louisiana State University. If you are concerned about mosquito-borne diseases because of the presence of dead birds near your residence, please contact our office for an inspection and treatment for any mosquitoes on your property.
Yes. You can contact our office for more information.
You can contact our office for mosquito kits.
You can check with the local news broadcasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Our departmental personnel can notify chemically sensitive individuals when we will be conducting spray operations in their area. For more information contact our department's biologists.
Naled, an organophosphate insecticide that has been used for decades in mosquito control.
It flies 250 to 300 feet.
No, not when used properly. The chemicals we use are approved by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry for control of insect pests. The chemicals can be harmful to some fish species such as koi and goldfish. For more information you can contact our department’s biologists or night spray supervisor.
The very small concentrations used, about .007 pounds per acre, will not cause adverse effects for most people. Persons who have severe allergies should avoid the spray however. And you shouldn’t run or follow behind the spray truck, as this would increase your exposure.
One area may get sprayed more often if we determine from our surveillance activities that either large numbers of mosquitoes are present, or that disease has been detected in that area in either bird, mosquito or human populations.
We spray in the evening because research has demonstrated that this the time when mosquito flight activity is greatest. It is much easier to kill mosquitoes by contact with the insecticides when they are flying.
You can contact our office and tell the Night Spray Supervisor your colony’s location. He will map that area specifically as a no spray zone.
Our entire compound is fenced and locked. The spray trucks are also kept in a locked bay at night.
The spray truck operations are typically run until 11 p.m.
Yes, but the spray truck driver may drive without the sprayer in operation so that he can position the unit in such a way to prevent a double application on your street. Also the spray cloud maybe hard to see because the spray consists of a number of very small droplets that are almost clear.
No, not when used properly. The chemicals we use are approved by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry for control of insect pests. The chemicals can be harmful to some fish species such as koi and goldfish. For more information you can contact our department’s biologists.
Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning and evening hours. Wear long sleeves and pants and use an insect repellent that has been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with either DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or picaridin (KBR 3023) as the active ingredients. Products with oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3, 8-diol) have also been demonstrated to provide protection similar to low concentrations of DEET.
No. You need to call for each inspection and treatment so we can ensure that all the appropriate precautions are met and we have current information on the pest problem.
In Louisiana we have mosquito activity throughout the year. Some species are present primarily during the cooler months.
No. If you have taken the appropriate precautions such as removing your pets, closing the windows and turning off any window unit air-conditioners, we can inspect and treat your residence.
We use synthetic pyrethroid insecticides that are specifically formulated to control flying insect pests such as mosquitoes.
In most cases large canals and ditches are not sites for prolific mosquito breeding. The reason is that these bodies of water typically contain sufficient predator populations, particularly fish, that act to control mosquito breeding. Many mosquito problems around residences are due to mosquitoes breeding in standing water and containers around the home.
No, we do not control any game animals such as squirrels, raccoons or nutria. You can call a commercial pest control company that is specially licensed for these types of pests. You can also call the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for information on nuisance game animals.
If the circumstance allow us to place rodenticides in such a way that neighborhood children, pets and non-target animals are prevented from any contact with these baits.
Rodents will take advantage of any situation where there is a food/water source and/or harborage (shelter). Homeowners need to seal any openings in their house to prevent rodents from entering.
Yes. In order to receive the rodenticide bait, someone at least 16 years of age must sign for the bait indicating they have been informed of the proper procedures for its usage.
Currently the Parish Attorney states that neither real estate agents, brokers, property managers, nor realtors come under their jurisdiction to litigate and assess penalties. Zoning violations are based on use, what is permitted and not permitted. The realtors, etc., are not actually committing the usage violation. There is currently no law which prohibits acting as an agent for a transaction that ultimately results in a use violation.
Fines of up to $500 are the existing penalties, and/or six months in jail at the discretion of the judge.
To report old cars, trash, or open, abandoned homes, they should call 3-1-1 or 225-389-3090 or submit complaints online.
Yes, one can report any violations anonymously by calling the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.
Yes, this could happen if recommended by the Mayor-President and approved by the Metro Council.
The Parish Attorney already does this. The Parish Attorney’s Office runs the license plates through Department of Motor Vehicles, if a lawsuit is contemplated.
The Code of Ordinances is the collection of laws enacted by the Metro Council and enforced by the Police and Sheriff’s Departments. Deed Restrictions are rules set forth in the by-laws of each individual subdivision. The City-Parish does not enforce deed restrictions. Only the subdivision may enforce deed restrictions by following the procedure in their by-laws.
The complaint is investigated within a week. If a violation is found, a letter is sent within another week by Inspections. It gives the property owner 30 days from receipt to correct the violation. The property is then re-inspected and referred to the Parish Attorney’s office if the violation persists. The Parish Attorney sends a certified demand letter ordering compliance within 10 days, at which point the property is inspected once again and suit filed, if necessary.
The police must prioritize what calls they respond to. For example, a burglary is something they would respond to before a complaint about loud music. If the officer in question failed to act in a manner you find satisfactory, call the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.
You may aid the enforcement agents in gathering evidence, such as dated photographs or other records of violations. This evidence helps the Parish Attorney and the Permit and Inspections Division of the Department of Public Works make their case against the violators.
City ordinances all have set penalties for violations when categorized as misdemeanors or other lower crimes. A higher fine would require re-classification to a felony, which would require action by the legislature.
Neighborhoods can request patrols or hire off-duty police officers to patrol their neighborhoods. For more information, contact the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.
Report code violations by dialing 3-1-1. The City will pursue code violations and other problems. The Office of Neighborhoods will help you follow-up on the status of the case. If there are chronic problems with a neighbor, keep a record of when you had to call the police. You might also want to keep a photo account with dated photos. Neighbors are the on-the-spot witnesses for problems. They can be present when the police, sheriff, and city employees cannot.
Loud parties are prohibited by the noise ordinance. If a party is ongoing and causing a nuisance, contact the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. See the section on parking for information for what to do about parking in the streets and in yards.
Single family zoning protects your neighborhood. Houses are not allowed to be used for businesses or multi-family housing. Single family homes that are being improperly used tend to generate more traffic on streets and create parking problems. Another major concern is the use of a home in a single family neighborhood as a party house, which is statistically more likely when the home is in violation of the single family housing ordinance.
Zoning districts and uses may be found in Chapter Eight of the Planning Unified Development Code.
All violations referred to the Parish Attorney’s office are pursued with some form of action until resolved. Some are determined to be qualified non-conforming uses on which no action can be taken. A few are determined to be compliant.
The scenario is that you live next to a duplex with two people in one apartment and one or two in the other. Duplexes are not single family structures. They can only be constructed in multi-family zones. If a duplex is in an A-1 zone, it is probably a non-conforming use and it is unlikely that anything can be done about them. However, many property owners will try to create garage apartments or other detached structures into rental living space, which is a violation of the single family ordinance.
Yes. It is considered to be “legal nonconforming.” See statute LRS 9:5625.
The owner and/or any tenant involved in committing the violation are liable and may be fined for the violation. Maximum punishments for violations of city ordinances are a $500 fine and/or up to six months of jail time at the judge's discretion.
Enforcement follows a flow chart. After being reported to 3-1-1 the report is sent to the Permit and Inspections Division of the Department of Public Works, which inspects the suspected violation and sends a letter notifying the residents and owner of their violation (if one indeed exists). The Inspector will then check back after a period of time adequate for the property owner or residents to correct the violation. If the property is still in violation, the Inspector will inform the Parish Attorney's Office, which will then prosecute the offenders. If necessary, the case will go to City Court. Please call the Planning Commission at 225-389-3144 to verify zoning.
The occupancy of a house by a single family (according to the statutory definition) is considered a single family use, regardless of the nature of the right of occupancy (ownership or rental).
The right to operate rental property in residential zones has been defended by court systems. Denying the right to rent property would create myriad problems, especially for young families who live in compliance to A-1 codes, but cannot afford to purchase a home in such a neighborhood.
Report the violations to the authorities. Call the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 in the city limits or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000 out of the city limits.
Dial 3-1-1 and ask for a traffic study. The Traffic Engineers will analyze the situation and decide what preventative device might be installed in your neighborhood and if the speeding situation meets the criteria for these devices. Tell them exactly where the speeding is the worst (give an intersection or address) and at what time(s) of day. The more information you can give them the better. The Police or Sheriff might also regularly assign motorcycle officers and radar units to enforce speeding laws in subdivisions as a direct result of citizen complaints.
Yes, by reporting the violations to the authorities. Call the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.
You can diligently report neighborhood violations to the 3-1-1 Call Center. These might include yards with at least 51% of the grass over 12 inches high, or junk, trash or debris in the yard or carport. Junk cars may be reported to the police at 389-2000 or the Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. Keeping the neighborhood looking nice helps keep values up.
Neighborhoods around the country have successfully dealt with an array of problems and have done so by organizing strong neighborhood associations. Associations can work toward common goals, speak with a unified, stronger voice, organize a neighborhood watch and neighborhood communication system, keep up the appearance of the neighborhood and improve the quality of life. Statistics have shown that strong associations raise property values. To help minimize problems they may present information to city departments or elected officials on behalf of the entire neighborhood.
Your neighborhood should report parties that have become a nuisance. If a party is ongoing and causing a nuisance, contact the Baton Rouge Police Department at 225-389-2000 in the city limits or the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000 out of the city limits.
Dial 311 or visit online to make a request for service.
Different programs administered by the Office of Social Services have different guidelines. Please review each program for eligibility.
Services are determined by ZIP codes. See the Community Centers Location document (PDF).
The City-Parish Future Land Use Map, designed to act as a “blueprint” for the future development of our community, is a part of the City's comprehensive plan, FUTUREBR. Any planner in our Resource Center is able to assist you in determining a particular land use designation.
The Brownfields Program fosters redevelopment of property through providing environmental assessments, risk assessments, preparation for clean-ups and redevelopment planning through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program is an incentive program available to qualifying new businesses and/or expansions to existing businesses that will create new, permanent jobs and employ individuals from targeted groups.
The Restoration Tax Abatement Program provides an up to ten-year abatement of ad valorem property taxes on the renovations and improvements of existing commercial structures and owner occupied residences that are within qualifying districts. View eligible areas for Restoration Tax Abatement.
For more information regarding any of the Economic Development programs, contact a Senior Planner in our Long Range Planning division.
The Historic Preservation Commission consists of seven members, who are residents of the City-Parish and are appointed by majority vote of the Metropolitan Council. At least one member of the Historic Preservation Commission must be a resident or property owner of a locally designated historic district.
Historic Preservation Commission meetings are held in the large conference room at:
1100 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge LA 70802
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any exterior change that is visible from a public street to any part of a private property within a locally designated historic district or landmark, unless the change is determined to be ordinary maintenance and repair.
Call the Office of the Planning Commission at 225-389-3144 to see if your property is in a locally designated historic district.
Planning represents the process of regulating the built environment to provide a community with better choices of where and how people live.
The Unified Development Code is the combination of development regulations including the zoning and subdivision regulations, sign and floodplain regulations, historic preservation provisions, and the administrative and hearings procedures required for approvals.
The Planning Commission is a nine-member board that advises elected officials on growth and development issues for the parish.
Planning Commission meetings are held in Council Chambers, Room 348 of City Hall (formerly the Governmental Building) at:
222 St. Louis Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
To get population statistics, visit the United States Census Bureau for the Parish data or the City data.
The Planning Commission staff posts the property with a sign 15 days prior to the Planning Commission stating the meeting date, time, and address. The proposal is also advertised in the local paper. Property owners in the area are notified through regular mail service.
Call or visit the Office of the Planning Commission to speak with the Site Plan and Plat Manager, who will assist you in the application process.
Call the Office of the Planning Commission at 225-389-3144 to request the zoning status of your property or search the interactive zoning map.
A use that was valid and legal when brought into existence but by subsequent regulation is no permissible. Such uses are allowed to continue by right but may not expand.
A use due to special requirements or characteristics, may be allowed in a particular zoning district only after review by the commission and granting of conditional use approval imposing such conditions as necessary to make the use compatible with other uses permitted in the same zone or vicinity.
The reason for duplicate records in the Property Lookup is due to a single address being tied to many lots. Oftentimes businesses are built on several lots.
Open Data BR has been developed on hosted software provided by Socrata. When we first launched ODBR there was no paging for the tabular data, but this changed a couple of years later after a new release by Socrata. Unfortunately, at this time there is no way to revert back since this is using a hosted solution.
When using the Baton Rouge Crime Incidents dataset, please be mindful of the "Attempted" and "Committed" codes in the COMMITTED column of the Baton Rouge Crime Incidents dataset. For example, a shooting that does not end in death is coded as a “Homicide” in the CRIME column and "Attempted" in the COMMITTED column.
The six Open Data categories are: Housing and Development, Culture and Recreation, Government, Business and Financial, Public Safety, and Transportation and Infrastructure. For GIS data, there are two additional categories: Environment and Other Resources.
You can access Open Neighborhood BR from the Open Data BR homepage. The link to ONBR is http://my.brla.gov and the link to ODBR is http://data.brla.gov.
Currently, this type of data is not published in our Open Data BR platform.
The City-Parish does not really have a Health Unit, but we do publish all of the Louisiana Department of Health Retail Food Inspection data. This dataset was published beginning in January 2020 and usually updates on the 15th of each month.
Perhaps your neighborhood is not within the city limits of Baton Rouge. Open Neighborhood BR only provides police and fire incidents for the Baton Rouge Police and Fire departments.
The EBRGIS Program homepage can be accessed at https://gis.brla.gov.
You can sign up for a free developer account here: https://developers.arcgis.com.
A deprecated dataset in the EBRGIS Portal refers to one that is no longer being maintained and will be removed completely at the end of the 2020. In most cases, a new authoritative dataset has replaced the deprecated one.
As part of its digital initiatives, the Department of Information Services will continue to develop the Citizen Data Academy, building on the successes and improving the way citizens can engage with the City-Parish. At this time there are no recurring group meetings, but in following the Citizen Engagement Maturity Path, the City-Parish seeks to sustain collaboration with community groups that have their own initiatives.
Yes, once the preliminary population and demographic counts are released by the U.S. Census Bureau, this data will be made available in the Open Data BR and EBRGIS portals.
Yes, the 2010 data is available in the EBRGIS Portal at Low Income Block Group and Moderate Income Block Group.
Each year the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office holds a tax sale of various properties for which the previous year’s property taxes were not paid. At this tax sale, people may bid on these various properties and acquire a tax title. Not every property is bid on at the tax sale. The properties that receive no bids are “adjudicated” to the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge. Through this act of adjudication, the City-Parish is given a type of “tax deed” to the property.
No. The City-Parish only owns a type of tax deed to the property. The City-Parish has no right to enter the property (with the exception of police and fire needs or in connection with a condemnation proceeding or weed/blight proceeding). The City-Parish is also not liable for the property.
By state law, the City-Parish is authorized to sell adjudicated property since January 1, 1975. The Louisiana State Land Office manages and/or sells property that was adjudicated prior to January 1, 1975. The Office of the Parish Attorney handles these sales. An individual interested in a piece of adjudicated property can proceed to purchase directly through the Office of the Parish Attorney or our partners, CivicSource. This company has partnered with the City-Parish to offer an online process for the sale of adjudicated property that has been adjudicated in excess of 5 years. CivicSource also has a version of the “Mow to Own” Program.
There are several resources to determine if a piece of property is adjudicated. The Open Data BR website as well as the East Baton Rouge Parish Assessor’s website are good resources. Please note that you should confirm with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff that a particular piece of adjudicated property remains adjudicated as, throughout the year, properties can and are redeemed.Please see the Memorandum (PDF) prepared by this office for specific questions about the sale of Adjudicated Property directly through our office and for a Request to Purchase form. Also see a listing of the state laws governing the adjudicated property. Finally, visit CivicSource’s website for information on that process and the costs.
If you believe that your property is incorrectly shown as adjudicated, you should call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Tax Office at 225-389-4810 to verify that the taxes have in fact been paid and that they have reported the redemption or tax sale cancellation to the Assessor's Office. Property that is redeemed will not be removed from the adjudicated rolls until the following year.
The Mow to Own Program allows certain parties to avoid public bidding and receive a preference in making an offer to purchase adjudicated properties for which they and the property qualify. To qualify for this program:
Any person or business who does the following with alcoholic beverages must obtain a license:
You can mail your application to 9048 Airline Highway, Suite 1-A, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 or submit in person.
The City Prosecutor's Office endeavors to assist individuals in resolving their matters without any significance consequences to their driver’s license as well as their insurance. Typically, our office will offer assistance such as a driving school and/or providing proof of compliance based on the charge of your ticket to avoid any reporting to your driving record and/or insurance. This type of information will be given on your arraignment date that is set forth on the ticket you received by the Baton Rouge City Police.
As a matter of course, we do not drop charges prior to Trial. At the trial date, the Prosecutor handling the matter will endeavor to speak to you as well as the alleged violator charged in the matter to gather the facts of the initial incident and determine whether the matter has been resolved. Once the Prosecutor reviews the facts of the case, it will be their determination to allow for the charges to be dropped or to go forth with the Trial.
Report a code violation by calling 311. The complaint is routed to the appropriate department and inspected for blight violations. If there is a blight violation, the property owner is sent notice to clear the violation within 15 days and assigned a blight court date. If the violation has not been cleared by the blight court date, the court issues a judgment against the property owner and assess a fine and costs. The Department of Development is then authorized to clear the blight violation and place a lien on the property for the cost of clearing the blight violation.
The letter is a notice to the property owner or resident that there is a violation of one or more City/Parish ordinances. If the violation has not been corrected within the allotted time frame indicated on the notice, the resident or business must appear before the blight court judge on the day and time indicated on the letter. If you have questions about the notice, you may contact the Department of Development, Neighborhood Improvement at 225-389-8680.
Blight Court is held on the 9th Floor of City Hall at 222 Saint Louis Street, Baton Rouge, LA.
After a dilapidated structure has been identified and reported to the Department of Development, Neighborhood Improvement through 311, the property is inspected for structural damage. If the structure meets the criteria for condemnation, notices are sent to the last known owner of record. A period is given to respond, and then the property is brought before the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council at a public hearing to decide if the property should be condemned and demolished.
Weeds and brush that reach of height of eight inches are considered a nuisance and a violation of the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances. The accumulation of weeds and overgrown brush creates health and safety hazards and increases the likelihood of pests and rodents in the area.
No. The City/Parish does not own the property. The property owner still owns the property and is responsible for maintaining it. Blight judgments may be paid to the East Baton Rouge Finance Department and condemnation liens may be paid to the Parish Attorney’s Office. Please include case numbers and property addresses on all payments.
The City does not have the authority to intervene when tree limbs hang over on to a neighboring property. The City encourages neighbors to work the issue out together. Owners of any property within the City are responsible for pruning tree branches so that they do not obstruct the view of any street or alley intersection. To report obstructions of sidewalks, signs and other items caused by overhanging trees or to report dead, diseased or dangerous trees, please call 311.
A condemnation lien is issued once the Metro Council has condemned the property and the dangerous structure has been demolished.
The amount of the lien includes the cost to demolish the structure, plus any curator fees, court costs, and recording fees to record the lien with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court.
A curator may be used to locate a property owner. If a curator is used during the condemnation process, the curator’s fees are added to the lien amount.
A payoff includes the fees in the lien, as well as any additional recording costs that may have been incurred (i.e. recording the notice to attend, the decision and orders, and/or reinscriptions).
Mail either a check or money order, made payable to the City of Baton Rouge to the following address:
Office of the Parish Attorneyc/o Renita DixonP.O. Box 1471Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Payments may be submitted in person if necessary. Be sure to reference your condemnation number on your check or money order.
After receipt of a payment, our office will mail you a letter stating the balance on your account.
Our office will prepare the appropriate cancellation documents and mail them to you. It will be your responsibility to record these documents with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court in order to remove the lien. If a final payment is made in person, your cancellation documents will not be immediately available, because they must be submitted to the Mayor’s Office for approval and signature.
You may call the Clerk of Court at 225-389-3985 for the recording cost of the cancellation documents. The Recording Fee Schedule is also available on the Clerk of Court website.
The Clerk of Court’s physical addresses are listed on their website.
Yes. The lien is attached to the property, not the property owner, and follows the property after a sale.
The lien remains on the property and could affect the sale of the property. Any unpaid lien will be sent to the tax roll and become a debt owed as taxes. If the taxes are not paid on the proerty, the property can be sold at a tax sale.
Call our office at 225-389-3114 and request to speak to the Collections Division.
Yes, organizations that conduct charitable gaming must have a 501(c) status with the IRS.
The entire net proceeds from all games of chance as set by law must be devoted for the purpose of educational, charitable, patriotic, religious and public spirited causes.
Call York Risk Services Group at 225-293-2438. Their after hours number is 225-235-2363.
Eligibility of the program can be determined by calling 225-389-8579 and speaking with a Pre-Trial Officer or calling 225-389-3119 to speak with a City Prosecutor. Please call no later than 3 weeks prior to the court date given on your summons. Once it has been determined that you are eligible to enroll in the program, you may appear prior to your arraignment date to enroll.
No. The purpose of this program is to keep the violation off of your record prior to Trial or any plea. If you successfully complete the requirements, it will be dismissed without any plea.
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-Parish 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-Parish from disclosing or permits the City-Parish to decline to disclose. Louisiana Public Records Law and its exemptions appears 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 record 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.
View our Staff Directory for contact information.
To file a claim, call York Risk Services Group at 225-293-2438. Their after hours number is 225-235-2363.
Visit www.MyGovernmentOnline.org to apply online.
CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide.
For the customer help guide CLICK HERE.
1. Start by going to www.MyGovernmentOnline.org
2. At the top left go to Permits & Licensing, and click Apply Online.
3. Login to your account, if you have not already.
4. Select Louisiana as the State, and East Baton Rouge as the jurisdiction. The project type will be Permit. Click Next, then Get Started on a New Application.
5. Select the application type Flood Zone Determination, then click Next.
6. Complete the fields with information about your Project, then upload any necessary documents and files.
7. When all fields are complete and documents uploaded, click Submit and your application will be forwarded to the City-Parish.
CLICK HERE for printable instructions
CLICK HERE for a visual step-by-step guide.
1. Login to your account, and click the My Account button at the top right of the webpage.
2. Scroll down to the My Permits section and click on the View Permit link associated with the project you desire.
3. When the project opens, scroll down the page to the section called Customer Documents. Click on the link at the far right that says Add New File.
4. Click the Upload Files button in the window that appears.
5. Select the file you wish to upload from the folder location on your computer and then click Open.
6. Allow the file time to upload. Once the file has finished uploading you will see the File Name in the window. You may enter a short description in the Description box but it is not required. Click the Save button to complete the file upload process.
7. The file name will display in the Customer Documents section confirming the document has uploaded to the project. The jurisdiction will see the file and contact you if necessary.
CLICK HERE for a visual step-by-step guide.
CLICK HERE to view a detailed fee schedule
1. Once you are logged in, click on the My Account button at the top right of the screen.
2. Scroll down to the My Permits section, and click the View Permit link associated with the project you would like to make a payment on.
3. When the project opens, click on the Payments tab. This will take you to a page with a listing of the applicable fees for the project. This is also where you will be able to pay fees online.
4. Scroll down near the bottom of the Payments page, where you will see a section labeled New Payment. Select the fees you wish to pay and click the Pay Online button.
** If you feel that the fees are incorrect, please call the Permit & Inspections office before you pay so that it can be corrected.**
5. Provide your payment information on the next page and click the button to process your payment. You will have the option to print a receipt after the payment is processed.
Inspections can be scheduled for the next business day.
Yes. However, after hours inspections are subject to inspector availability and require an additional $150 fee.
** CLICK HERE for additional information on Inspections and the Inspection Division.
The Expedited Plan Review Service is an option available on many permits that has a faster turn around time on plan reviews.
Expedited RESIDENTIAL plan reviews will be completed within three (3) business days after receipt of all required information, and resubmittals reviewed within two (2) business days after receipt.
Expedited COMMERCIAL plan reviews will be completed within ten (10) business days after receipt of all required information, and resubmittals reviewed within three (3) business days after receipt.
Expedited Review Costs:
Residential: $60 + $0.10 per total square foot under roof
Commercial: $0.19 per total square foot under roof
Residential plan reviews will be completed within seven (7) business days after receipt of all required information necessary in order to complete an initial review. Residential resubmittals will be reviewed within three (3) business days after receipt.
Commercial plan reviews will be completed within twenty-one (21) business days after receipt of all required information necessary in order to complete an initial review. Commercial resubmittals will be reviewed within five (5) business days after receipt.
Plan review is only one of the many steps in the permitting and review process. It may take additional time for a permit to be issued, based on the specific permit requirements.
The Builders Package option allows the Applicant to defer a pre-dermined portion of the fees, to be paid after plans are approved. The option is only available for Residential: NEW permit types. A breakdown of the fee schedule is shown below. The Builder portion must be paid in full before plan review can begin.
As the owner/authorized agent of the property, you have a right to call the wrecker of your choice to have the vehicle towed away. We suggest that you have signs posted warning of the parking violation. If you have made every effort to find a wrecker to remove the car and cannot locate such wrecker, you may call the Impound Division at 225-389-3819 for additional information to assist you.
Yes. Call the Impound Office at 225-389-3819 (you do not have to give your name) with the address of the abandoned vehicles, description of the vehicles, and owner information (if known). An Impound Officer will check the address. If the vehicles fit the criteria under City Statute (CC12:500-509) as being in abandoned or inoperative condition, the Impound Officer will attempt to serve a "Notice to Abate a Public Nuisance" to the owner of the property, or owner of the vehicle(s), or the occupant of the property.
Everyone in the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish (except residents of Baker and Zachary) operating an alarm system must obtain a permit, which costs $25. This is a one-time fee for the permit and is used to help defray costs of maintaining alarm information in police computer systems and responding to false alarms. Review our alarm permit page for more information.
No, the permits are not transferable. You will have to register again.
The City-Parish Ordinance governing false alarms was passed in 1986 and amended in 2012 to help reduce the large number of false alarms police must respond to (about 30,000 every year). It allows users up to three false alarms a year, with the one-year period beginning on June 1st and ending May 31st. After that, fines are assessed as follows:
For more information on see the Alarms, False Alarms, and Alarm Permit Application page.
For the most current Louisiana law regarding child passenger restraint system, please read the Louisiana Revised Statutes 32:295.
The Baton Rouge Police Department is currently allotted positions for 789 police personnel (police officers, dispatchers and specialty positions) and 97 civilian personnel for a total of 886 employees. The agency also employs 110 part-time school crossing guards during the school year.
Police reports considered public record are available through the Criminal Records Division, Police Headquarters located at:
9000 Airline HighwayBaton Rouge, LA 70815
Please visit during normal business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Copies of reports cost $10 for the first page and $1 per additional page. To expedite the process, you should supply the report file number. If you do not know it, provide the numerical address, the date/time of the incident, and complainant's name. Requests may be mailed or made in person. Commercial accounts are also available for high-volume customers. For more information, call 225-389-3839.
Traffic Crash Reports may be picked up at Police Headquarters (see address below). Please visit during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reports will be available 10 working days after the accident.
To request reports by mail:
Baton Rouge City PoliceAttn.: Traffic Records9000 Airline HighwayBaton Rouge, LA 70815
Please include the incident's file/report number.
For more information, contact the Traffic Records Division at 225-389-3878.
Restraining orders can be applied for through the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Family Violence Department.
Convicted sex offenders are required to register with local law enforcement. Louisiana State Police maintains a searchable database with photographs of all registered sex offenders residing in Louisiana.
Call the City Court Ticket Section at 225-389-3020 or visit the Court page.
You will be instructed to obtain an Affidavit of Forgery and send copies to the businesses to let them know that you did not issue the forged check. An Affidavit of Forgery may be obtained from your bank or any Notary Public.
Yes. Louisiana Amber Alert Program has very specific criteria for when the system may be activated. When these criteria are met, the department will take the steps necessary to activate an Amber Alert.
To get on the vendor's list, you can call Purchasing at 225-389-3259, ext. 0.
The City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge recently contracted with an online government auction site to auction surplus and police-seized items. Use of online auction provides for greater benefits and cost savings to the City and taxpayers. This allows greater exposure of surplus items to a broader audience.
Municibid through a request for proposal (RFP) was chosen because it is designed for local and state government entities to increase non-tax revenue by enabling the City to more effectively sell surplus items by using Municibid’s online government auction platform. Each department/agency provides Inventory Control with listings of surplus equipment and furniture.
Inventory Control will schedule items for pick-up. No property will be received or transferred from the Surplus storage facility three weeks prior to the Auction. This is necessary for Auction preparation. Departments and Agencies desiring to view surplus property should call Inventory Control at 225-389-4965 for appointment or email us.
The East Baton Rouge Recycling Office currently conducts two Household Hazardous Material collections a year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Visit our Household Hazardous Materials Collections page for the events and a list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials.
These materials are considered household hazards and must be disposed of properly. Our Household Hazardous page to learn more about proper disposal.
See the Curbside Recycling Guidelines (PDF) for related information.
You put in your cart the following:
It is best to put your recycling cart out the night before your cart is to be picked up. Route pick up begins at 5 a.m. each morning.
Recycling occurs in your area on one of your scheduled garbage days. Visit My Government Services for Recycling, Garbage, and Bulky Trash and Yard Waste Collection Days.
Call the East Baton Rouge Parish Citizens Service at 311 or 225-389-3090 to report the missed pick-up.
Yes, large corrugated boxes can be flattened and placed on the ground next to your recycling cart. This includes very large boxes, such as, appliance boxes. Remove any packing materials,
Styrofoam and straps.
Yes, just put these items loose in your recycling cart. These materials are collected along with other paper materials here in Baton Rouge.
Recyclables collected at the curbside and monthly drop-off are transported to the Waste Connection, Inc. at:7923 Tom DriveBaton RougeLA 70806
At the recycling facility or MRF, materials are sorted, baled, and shipped off to be processed into new recycled products such as:
By purchasing recycled products, you are creating a market for the materials you set out at the curb. The recycling industry also creates jobs; according to a 2002 survey, over 300 jobs are associated with the recycling industry in East Baton Rouge Parish. Buying recycled products boosts the economy while reducing pollution; saving landfill space; and conserving natural resources, energy, and water. Please, buy recycled products and close the loop.
Apartment dwellers and small businesses can recycle using the monthly drop-off. Recyclables are collected on the third Saturday of each month. Apartment dwellers and small businesses can drop off their recyclables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Waste Connection, Inc. located at:
7923 Tom DriveBaton Rouge, LA 70806
Or call 225-925-3442. Check our Community Drop-off page or download Recycle Rouge Round-Up flyer (PDF) to learn more.
Check back for Recycling's main page postings for Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale held annually. Compost bins can be purchased on line from Garden Supply companies or from garden supply catalogs. Also check with your local Garden Center or Hardware store, they may be able to order one for you.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office also has designs for compost bins that you can build out of simple materials at home. Visit our Yard Smart, Earth Wise page to find out how to build one or call our office at 225-389-5194 for a copy of the designs.
Office recycling and business waste reduction practices are great ways to streamline operations and protect the environment. The recycling office can provide information for businesses to perform internal waste audits. Businesses can then contract with a local waste hauler for recycling services.
The Recycling Office pages are also a good resource for both businesses and residents interested in recycling and waste reduction.
Retirement Benefit Calculation:
Total years of creditable service X Retirement Factor (%) x Average Compensation = Benefit
(Note: The retirement factor is the credit given for each year of creditable service. 2.5% is given for each year of creditable service if total creditable service is less than 25 years; 3% if creditable service is 25 years or more. The benefit cannot exceed 90% of the member’s average compensation.)
Normal vesting is achieved at ten (10) years of creditable service. For more information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
Yes. Such service can be purchased by a contributing member and it is calculated as the amount of the refund plus accumulated interest at the actuarial assumed rate of return on investments from the date of the refund to the date of commencement of the repurchase.
CPERS allows up to four (4) years for repayment with no additional interest, or six (6) years with additional interest. Payroll deduction is allowed. Payment in the form of a transfer from another qualified plan such as an IRA or 457 plan (deferred compensation) is also acceptable. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
Yes. If the disability is incurred on the job, you may qualify for a minimum 50% Service Connected Disability Retirement Benefit offset by any Workers’ Compensation benefits for the same disabling injury or illness. If the disability is not work related, you must have a minimum of 10 years of creditable service to pursue an Ordinary Disability Retirement Benefit. An Ordinary Disability Retirement Benefit also begins at 50% of the member’s average compensation. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) is a type of pre-retirement plan which allows you to begin accumulating retirement benefits while continuing employment. In effect, your monthly CPERS benefit is calculated at the time of DROP entry, and the resulting benefit is placed each month in a tax-deferred account.
The account balance accrues interest which is payable, provided that the terms of the DROP contract are not violated. Once enrolled in the DROP you no longer contribute to CPERS, will not earn any additional service credit toward a CPERS benefit, and therefore your monthly benefit will not change. You can only participate in the DROP once. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
A member must be eligible for a normal service allowance retirement as outlined in the answer to the first question of the FAQs. Members may participate in either a three-year or five-year DROP depending on their total years of creditable service. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
No. The DROP is available for eligible members but there is no requirement that you participate. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
Yes. There are several survivor benefit options available. There are options for minor children, a spouse or someone designated by the member who is not their child or spouse. The options and related costs, if any, can be explained by the retirement benefits analyst. Any related costs will result in an actuarially reduced benefit for the member. For further information, contact us at 225-389-3272.
To qualify for Ryan White services an individual must have proof of HIV positive diagnosis; proof of residence in one of the nine Region 2 parishes: (EBR, WBR, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, E. Feliciana, W. Feliciana, St. Helena and Livingston); proof of income (cannot exceed 300% of federal poverty level/ 400% of federal poverty level for medications).
Assistance for low-income homeowners may be available through the City-Parish Community Development Block Grant Program, a Federal Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is administered by the City-Parish Office of Community Development. The provision of assistance under this program is subject to availability of funds. Find descriptions of the requirements and procedures on the Sewer Line Assistance Program page.
Income is in terms of gross average monthly income. In order to be eligible, applicants must have a gross average monthly income below the income listed on the HUD / OCD Income Limits Table (PDF) for the family size of the applicant.
Your home received a significant amount of water in the August 2016 flood, and the estimated cost to repair the home is high compared to the value. Because of this, your home has been designated as Substantially Damaged. Mitigating your home will reduce the chance of future flooding and property loss.
Substantial Damage is when the cost to repair a structure in the floodplain exceeds 50% of the existing value of that structure (land value is not included), the structure is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, and the structure is below the established Base Flood Elevation. Substantial Damage requires these structures to be better protected from future disasters. This is a federal requirement by FEMA that all communities in the National Flood Insurance Program must follow.
NO, you can stay in your home. We encourage you to begin the mitigation process as soon as possible to reduce your flood risks. The City-Parish Floodplain and Mitigation Specialists will help you through the process.
Mitigation is the act of reducing or eliminating a structure’s flood risk to the maximum extent practical.
Substantial Damage is in place to reduce the chance of at-risk structures flooding in the future, by reducing flood risks. It requires mitigating the structure's flood risk by relocating, retrofitting, elevation, buy-out, or any other FEMA-approved methods.
You can submit additional documentation to our office for review to appeal this determination. The City-Parish Floodplain and Mitigation Specialists will assist you in the appeals process. Contact information is in the letter.
Your neighbors may be receiving the same notice. Some neighbors may have already appealed this determination when they received a repair permit. But Substantial Damage is structure-specific depending on the depth of flooding, scope of repairs, and condition/value of the existing home. Flood depths were not the same even down the same street.
Reach out immediately to the City-Parish Floodplain and Mitigation Specialists to begin working on your mitigation plan. You are not being required to leave your home. Financial assistance may be available through grants and other assistance to elevate, relocate, retrofit, buy-out or demolish substantially damages structures. You will also be a priority group for public grants handled through the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
All of the letters are scheduled to go out by the end of 2021. We will be sending out batches of approximately 300 letters every 6 to 8 weeks.
Traffic calming is an attempt to strike a balance between vehicular traffic and everyone else who uses the street: pedestrians, bikers, business people and residents. That balance tilts away from cars. Some see traffic calming as a way of "reclaiming" local streets from a traditional domination by automobiles. Others see it more modestly as a way of trying to restore the safety and peace in neighborhoods that are becoming overwhelmed with speeding traffic.
In many ways, this approach upends the traditional goals of traffic engineering, which strive to move auto traffic quickly and efficiently. Roads have been designed as wide, straight routes, with few obstructions to the motorist's vision or progress, and strict barriers or space between vehicles and pedestrians. Traffic calming, by contrast, seeks to do the opposite.
The goal is to slow vehicular traffic, and in some cases discourage drivers from using certain roads.
By altering the design of the road, introducing obstacles, and otherwise making the path a bit more difficult for vehicles, motorists will be forced to drive more slowly and carefully. There are dozens of techniques for this, ranging from narrowing the roadway, to creating medians, to allowing on-street parking, to installing speed humps.
Yes. Before-and-after traffic studies in many municipalities show a reduction of speed and a reduction in the traffic volume after calming changes are made. Many proponents believe it also reduces accidents, though that claim is less well documented.
Yes. Police, fire and ambulance response times will be slowed. Some designs bring pedestrians, parked vehicles and bicyclists in closer proximity to moving cars, which may increase safety risks.
Slower vehicle traffic could create traffic back-ups. Not all drivers will navigate the obstacles designed to slow their speed. And roadway alterations require construction costs.
Citizen surveys in some municipalities show traffic calming to be the most requested and most popular government program. Other city councils have been stormed by irate residents demanding the removal of speed bumps or traffic circles. The difference seems to lie in having a clear and predetermined program, objective criteria for adopting traffic calming, a variety of options, and extensive public participation in the planning phase.
There are dozens of variations of traffic calming techniques, limited only by the imagination of architects, motivated residents and road engineers. For a more thorough list and definitions, please see the glossary. Here are some of the more common techniques, with tips on their advantages and disadvantages.
National standards, Louisiana state policy and the City of Baton Rouge policy do not recognize the "Children at Play" signs for these reasons:
Federal standards do not support these signs because the signs are suggesting that it is acceptable behavior for children to play in the streets.
In accordance with Louisiana state law, the speed limit in a residential or business district is 30 miles per hour (MPH) with or without the presence of a speed limit sign. Although not required, 30 MPH speed limit signs may be posted at entrances to residential or business areas. Multiple postings of 30 MPH speed limit signs on residential streets not only detracts from a neighborhood's curb appeal, but it often fails to achieve the desired result of reducing the speed of motorists.
Louisiana State Law allows local authorities to determine and/or change the maximum speed limit for all streets within their respective jurisdiction to a reasonable and safe speed based on engineering and traffic investigations. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Administration Highway is the national set of standards for traffic engineering. The MUTCD recommends that the following six factors be evaluated to establish safe and reasonable speed zones:
There is a wire in the pavement behind the crosswalk called a loop detector. The wire creates an electrical field in the air above the pavement. When a large object interrupts the electric field, the signal knows that a vehicle is present and will provide a green light at the proper time in the established traffic signal cycle. During peak travel times, the wait will be a maximum of two minutes. During non-peak travel times, the wait is a maximum of 90 seconds.
Some people think that if they back up and drive forward again, they will make the signal change quicker. This does not work. The mechanism does not count the number of vehicles waiting.
At some locations, motorcycles or "high-rider" vehicles will not be able to interrupt the electrical field. If this occurs, please note the street, the intersection, the lane, and the time of day and report this to the Traffic Engineering Division. Some people feel that if they get out of their car and push the pedestrian button, they will get the green light quicker. They will not. The pedestrian push-button does not make the green light come on sooner. It does make the green light longer. It takes longer for a person to walk across a street than it takes for a car to drive across a street.
SSO stands for Sanitary Sewer Overflow. An SSO occurs when raw sewage overflows or leaks from a sewer pipe before it has had a chance to be treated at a wastewater treatment facility. The overflow can occur at a pump station, a maintenance hole, broken pipe, or clean out. For more information, contact us at 225-389-4865.
Direct contact with untreated sewage is definitely harmful, as human and animal wastes contain bacteria and other disease-causing pathogens. When untreated sewage flows into local waterways, it degrades the quality of the water, harms aquatic life and requires more expensive treatment to discharge an acceptable quality of effluent into local waterways. For more information, contact us at 225-389-4865.
Through an extensive rehabilitation of the sewer system; the City-Parish is in the process of repairing or replacing broken pipes and other drainage structures. In addition, improvements are being made at treatment plants to ensure that they have the capacity to receive and treat all of the wastewater that flows into them. For more information, contact us at 225-389-4865.
Immediately contact the City-Parish by calling 311. Department of Environmental Services 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.