- Building & Permits
The Building department is responsible for the enforcement of all adopted building, property maintenance, and zoning codes. The purpose of these codes is to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens of Ponchatoula.
Mayor's Court handles adult misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and code enforcement violations, from both state statutes and city ordinances, that occur within the incorporated limits of the City of Ponchatoula.
Monday - Friday
Mayor's Court Magistrate
Ernie Drake III
- Human Resources
Equal Opportunity Employer
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 prohibits discrimination because of age. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability. All applicants for employment with the City of Ponchatoula (City) shall be required to pass a substance abuse screening test immediately prior to employment. All employees of the City will be subject to substance abuse testing during their term of employment.
Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital and/or veteran status.
As a matter of policy, the City may check reference information, both educational and employment, of all final job candidates. For this reason, it is essential that all information requested of and supplied by the job applicant be accurate and complete.
- Police Department
Emergencies call 911
The mission of the Ponchatoula Police Department is to partner with the community, so as to protect life and property, to understand and serve the needs of the city’s neighborhoods and citizens and to improve the quality of life by maintaining order, resolving problems and the apprehension of criminals in a manner consistent with the law.
- We will perform our duties by adhering to core beliefs of Integrity & Professionalism, and dedication to serving the citizens of Ponchatoula.
- We strive to promote efficiency throughout the Department in every endeavor.
- Every member of the Department should remain committed to providing quality service and protection to the community.
- Public Works
Our City boasts a great water system fed by three wells. Routine testing and monitoring as required by DHH and EPA assure us and our residents that our water is safe and meets all applicable standards.
Public Works Emergency
During Business Hours (9a - 4p, M - F)
Outside of Business Hours & Holidays
- Tax Collections
Ramona Tara' Umbach serves in several roles when it comes to permits, taxes and record keeping.
She assists new businesses in completing applications for business permits and each January coordinates the renewal of existing business tax forms. Ramona also coordinates and manages the city residential property taxes working with the Tangipahoa Parish assessor's office.