Parish President Hotard announces completion of new online permitting system

Published 1:07 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2023

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St. John the Baptist Parish – St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard is pleased to announce completion of the new online permitting system using MyGovernmentOnline (MGO) which will help modernize and streamline the permitting process for residents. Over the past 8 months, the Planning and Zoning Department implemented a soft launch of the permitting system and has successfully completed over 200 online permits to date.

The new customer connect portal allows residents and businesses to submit and manage Planning and Zoning applications online including building permits, trade permits, occupational licenses, subdivisions, rezonings, and scheduling inspections.

To utilize the new system, visit the St. John Parish website at, click on the Planning and Zoning page, click on Building Permits, then click on the link Apply Online. You can also visit In addition to the web-based platform, MGO Connect offers a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your mobile device.  “I am confident that the new online permitting platform will facilitate a smoother, more efficient experience for all residents,” said Parish President Jaclyn Hotard.

Key benefits include:

· User-friendly Interface: The platform is designed to be intuitive and easy to navigate, even for users with limited technical knowledge.

· Streamlined Processes: By automating and centralizing permitting workflows, the software will reduce manual tasks, minimize errors, and expedite approvals.

· Enhanced Accessibility: The platform will be available 24/7, allowing residents to submit applications, track progress, and access support resources at their convenience.

· Improved Communication: The software offers real-time notifications and messaging tools to facilitate communication between applicants and government staff throughout the permitting process.

For more information about St. John Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on social media or government access channel.