Frequently Asked Questions
New Orleans residents, businesses or tourists wishing to get non-emergency information or request services pertaining to NOLA government may call. If calling from within Orleans Parish, you can simply dial 3-1-1 or (504) 658-2299.
If calling from outside a Orleans Parish, you may call by dialing (504) 658-2299. The NOLA-311 Customer Service Center understands and is sensitive to people of all cultures and all abilities. We have a language service that can offer assistance in over 145 languages.
With over 2,300 different telephone numbers listed to access local government services, many people did not know what number to dial to reach the appropriate department. Now you can connect to city services with only two numbers to remember: 9-1-1 for emergencies and 3-1-1 for everything else.
The 9-1-1 service is for emergencies, such as house fires and violent crimes, that require an immediate response by police, fire crews, or an ambulance. For non-emergencies or to file a police report please call (504) 821-2222. For all other city services, call 3-1-1.
If someone calls 3-1-1 who speaks a language that the NOLA-311 staff cannot speak, a third-party translation service will join the call.
Dialing 3-1-1 will work from most New Orleans landlines and cell phones; however, you may experience problems for the following reasons:
- You are calling from a high-rise, multi-tenant building. In those cases, the Building Manager or your Private Branch Exchange (PBX) vendor has to manually program 3-1-1 into the building’s local telephone system and he/she has not yet done so. Please contact the Building Manager or PBX vendor and ask for the programming to be done
- You are calling from a wireless carrier that has not been programmed to connect with 3-1-1. You may wish to call your service provider to request for this service to be added by your carrier.
- You are calling from your New Orleans wireless phone but are outside your “roaming” area.
As an alternative, please dial 504-658-2299.
3-1-1 is toll free when calling from a New Orleans phone number whether it is a landline or a cell phone; however, please beware that your wireless carrier will charge for the minutes used during the call according to your contract.
Calling 3-1-1 from phone booths may charge a fee depending on the vendor. AT&T phone booths are free when calling 3-1-1.
Should you need to reach us by dialing 504-658-2299, regular fees, according to your carrier’s contract will apply.