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'One-stop shop' 

Coordinated permits and licenses office to open

  City Hall's long-promised "one-stop shop" for permitting was supposed to open by fall 2012. Late last year, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Office of Cultural Economy released a draft of "Permits and Licenses for Cultural Businesses: A Basic Guide" — a prelude of sorts to the promised one-stop shop.

  Last week, Landrieu announced a website, a beta mobile app and a physical office opening inside City Hall to function as a one-stop shop, billing it as a way "to improve and streamline the customer experience related to securing permits and licenses." The departments sharing the space include the City Planning Commission, Historic Districts Landmarks Commission, the Department of Safety & Permits and the Vieux Carre Commission (VCC).

  The VCC, which was vocal about wanting to remain solely in the Quarter, will retain an office on Royal Street that is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. A VCC staff member will have office hours at the Royal Street location for "drop-ins and general questions," but applications must be submitted at the new City Hall office.

  A formal ribbon cutting is set for March. The space is room 7W303 on the seventh floor of City Hall.

— Alex Woodward

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