City Departments


Abbeville City Hall is located at 101 N. State Street. City Hall is the center of local City government and the Mayor and Council offices can be found here. This is also the location for many City departments including Payroll, Civil Service Director, City Clerk, Main Street Director, Tax and Permit, New Utility Account Registration and Utility Bill Payments. A kiosk to accept utility bill payments can be found at the front of this building at any time of the day or night.






In partnership with our citizens, Abbeville Parks and Recreation Department strives in providing our community with safe, clean, and accessible parks and facilities; along with diverse recreation and leisure opportunities that will enhance the overall quality of life for current residents, visitors and future generations.


Public Works

The Director provides oversight for the daily operations of the City of Abbeville electrical, water, wastewater, treatment plants and construction projects. The Public Works Department is also authorized to inspect for ordinance compliance.



Stormwater is the water that originated from rain. Stormwater that does not soak into the ground becomes surface runoff. Surface runoff flows into surface waterways or storm drains which eventually discharge into surface waters.

Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater pollution is a significant concern as it involves the transportation of pollutants from various sources into our local water bodies. When stormwater flows over the land, it can collect debris, chemicals, dirt, and other contaminants. This polluted water enters storm drains, which lead directly to rivers, lakes, and coastal waters without any treatment. Consequently, the water used for swimming, fishing, and drinking becomes compromised. It’s crucial to prevent hazardous materials like paints, cleaners, and motor oil from entering the storm sewer system through proper disposal. Additionally, avoiding the blowing of grass cuttings into the streets and using mulching mowers can help maintain proper drainage and water quality. To prevent soil erosion and sedimentation in our waterways, employing measures like silt fencing, berms, or strategically placed hay bales is essential

The Effects of Pollution

Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people.

What Can You Do?

  • Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves, and debris out of street gutters and storm drains.
  • Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.
  • Dispose of used oil, antifreeze, paints, and other household chemicals properly—not in storm sewers or drains.
  • Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local streams and lakes.
  • Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas.
  • Have your septic system inspected and pumped at least every three to five years so that it operates properly.
  • Purchase household detergents and low-phosphorous cleaners to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams, and coastal waters.
  • Learn more at:

Please check out the LDEQ’s video describing the “New Vision” approach.  Please share it with anyone concerned with water quality in Louisiana and elsewhere. Additionally, please check out the LDEQ’s video on how to maintain your home sewage system.  This video was created to support our “New Vision” activities. 

Economic Development



Tax & Permitting



The Utility Billing Department is responsible for calculating, producing and distributing utility bills for the city’s residential and business customers. The Utility Billing Department can be contacted for questions regarding billing discrepancies, electrical meters, water meters and general utility billing concerns.


Electrical Department

The City of Abbeville owns and operates the electrical system that serves most of the industrial, commercial and residential customers of the City.

It is the responsibility of our electrical department to maintain this system that provides affordable electricity to our community.



The Water Department has the responsibility of maintenance, repairs and expansion of the City water system. Businesses and citizens are encouraged to contact the Water Department to report any broken water lines under streets or right of ways.



The wastewater department serves the entire City with maintenance and repairs for our industrial,commercial and residential customers. This department meets the needs of tomorrow to facilitatefuture growth of the City.



This department plays a large role in the beautification of our City and the general condition of streets, sidewalks and right of ways. Businesses and citizens are urged to report unsafe conditions of streets and sidewalks to this department


Code Enforcement

The safety of you, your family, friends, and the general public is one of the top concerns of the Zoning and Planning Commission, Mayor, and Council. The City of Abbeville has adopted the Code of Ordinances which requires owners of all properties to maintain the property and dwelling in a safe, secure and sanitary condition. Maintaining your property is an investment that in the future years you should profit by not letting yours or your neighbors’ property become an eye sore to the community. To ensure that safe and sanitary conditions are maintained in your community you have the right to report any code violations that you observe.

Listed here are some general guidelines for property maintenance as covered in the Code of Ordinances. This is not a comprehensive list of all ordinances. To view all ordinances, click the button below.



Grass and/or weeds must not exceed twelve (12) inches in height. If you are given a warning notice you will have ten (10) days to comply with the City ordinance. Any person desiring to place tree trimmings or hedge cuttings or shrubbery of any kind for removal shall request collection by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. All such material placed on the curb line for collection shall be removed within a reasonable period not to exceed one month. No material in excess of six (6) feet long nor in excess of eighteen (18) inches in diameter shall be placed on the curb line adjacent to the property which generated the refuse.

Leaves, weeds and grass will be considered as trash and shall not be placed on the city streets or public rights-of-way in any manner other than bagged and placed within a regulation container.



Every building and/or structure within the city shall display the number of its municipal address upon the front of the structure facing the street which corresponds to its municipal address. The numbers must be not less than four (4) inches high and be clearly visible from the street.

ARTICLE I Sec. 5-14. – Posting of municipal address.


Fences must be structurally sound, not leaning, and maintained in good repair. All fences shall be constructed of materials approved by the planning and zoning commission, such as brick, masonry, or a combination thereof, wood, chain link, or vinyl. Chain link fences shall not be permitted in certain situations. Chapter 5, Section 5-10. Fences may be built at a height of five (5) to seven (7) feet without the necessity of a building permit. Any fence over seven (7) feet shall be subject to additional construction requirements. No fence foundation may conflict with public servitudes or public infrastructure. Fences may not block the function and flow of the public stormwater system and shall not block the function and access to utility facilities. Fences must also meet line of site requirements of the code of ordinances.


In residential areas all rubbish, trash, junk, discarded items, and litter must not be stored on the property. All trash containers shall be maintained in a location on the property in such a manner that is not visible to the public. All permitted household rubbish/garbage for collection must be in closed bags and inside a permitted roadside container. All roadside trash containers shall be placed on the curb line in front of the property in the position and location designated by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. The container can be set out the evening prior to the assigned pick-up day. No trash container shall be placed on the curb line for collection more than twelve (12) hours prior to the regularly designated collection for that property and shall be removed from the on the curb line within twelve (12) hours after collection. No trash containers shall be placed below or in close proximity to power lines, or other wires that cross the street and/or roadways. It is unlawful for any person to perform scavenging operations or to scavenge, dig in or remove trash from within trash containers placed upon the curb line for collection.

Branches, tree limbs, small tree (six-inch diameter) trunks and small tree (eighteen-inch diameter) roots, household furniture; and old carpets, linoleum and like floor coverings shall be placed on the curb line adjacent to the garbage can, or at any other location designated by the Vermilion Parish Police Jury, but not on a catch basin. None of such items shall be over eighteen (18) inches in diameter, nor over six (6) feet long. Plants and Yard Debris should be separated from other household items and rubbish.

It is unlawful to place tires and large appliance boxes at the roadside. These items must be delivered to the landfill by the owner and require proper ID for acceptance. The parish landfill is located off Hwy 696 at 8500 Birch Road, Abbeville, LA 70510

For more information on proper disposal, permissible and prohibited items, read Chapter 15.5 or call Vermilion Parish Solid Waste at 337-898-4338.


Vehicles parked on all properties must have a legal registration and be in good working condition. The accumulation and storage of abandoned, inoperative, dismantled, or wrecked vehicles is declared to constitute a public nuisance which may be abated as such.

Utility Customer Warning:
Third Party Payment Site

We have identified a website that falsely claims to be an official online payment portal for the City of Abbeville. Please be aware that if you choose to use a third-party website like to pay your utility bills there is a delay in receipt of the payment to your account. This delay could lead to late fees and disconnection of your utility services. We do not endorse or its affiliates and cannot waive additional charges or issues caused by using their service.

We strongly recommend using the City of Abbeville’s official payment portal for online transactions.