Board of Zoning Adjustments Regular Meeting
Monday, May 12, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. City Council Chambers
City Hall 1300 Perdido St. New Orleans, LA 70112.
T-shirt shop ordinances
CZO Sec. 2.2 Definitions
168. Souvenir Shop or T-Shirt Shop. Any premises in which the retail sale of
T-shirts or souvenirs or both is conducted as a principal use of the premises,
or as an adjunct to some other business activity, but which constitutes the primary,
or is the major attraction to the premises. For the purposes of this Ordinance,
"souvenirs" shall mean items, exclusive of books, magazines or maps, which
serve as a token of remembrance of New Orleans and which bear the name
of the City or geographic areas or streets thereof or of events associated with
New Orleans including but not limited to events such as Mardi Gras, the
Sugar Bowl, or the World's Fair.
179. T-Shirt. Any garment or article of clothing, including, but not limited to,
T-shirts, sweat shirts, tank tops, shirts or scrub shirts, which are designed or
intended generally to be worn on or over the chest and containing any communicative verbiage, graphics, or images imprinted or to be imprinted on the garment or
article of clothing, exclusive of a garment manufacturer's mark or logo, exclusive
of decorative words and information woven or dyed in the fabric by the manufacturer
of the fabric, exclusive of hand stitched, needle work or embroidery, exclusive of
tie-dye garments, and exclusive of hand painted or air-brushed garments that
contain no communicative verbiage, graphics or images.
180. T-Shirt Shop. Same as Souvenir Shop.
CZO Sec. Section 11.65. T-shirt, novelty and souvenir shops.
In the View Carré Historic Districts, new T-shirt, novelty and souvenir shops are
prohibited. The following standards shall apply to all existing T-shirt, novelty and
souvenir ships within the View Carré Historic Districts:
a. T-shirts, souvenirs, novelties or gifts, or any combination thereof, shall not
constitute more than thirty-five (35) percent of the display area or visible floor area.
This display area includes any wall display such as shelves, hangers, etc., and
any floor space such as shelves, tables, etc. T-shirts, souvenirs, novelties or gifts,
or any combination thereof, shall not be displayed in more than thirty-five (35)
percent of the window(s) or door(s) visible from the street.
b. Waivers of the display and floor area limitations in item a. above shall be
considered only through a request for a conditional use in accordance with the
provisions of Section 16l6 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, and shall
not be considered or waived by the Board of Zoning Adjustments.
c. All other standards for legal non-conforming uses as set forth in Article 13 of
the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, but not limited to Article 13, Non-Conforming
Uses, shall apply to existing T-shirt, novelty, gift and souvenir shops.