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Getting Your

Business Permit

Existing Business

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Below are the steps and requirements on how to apply for your local business permit

STEP 1

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM

Submit the completely filled-out application form with the required documents.

These are the required documents:

Accomplished Unified Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Form
Proof of business registration, incorporation, or legal personality (only one)
  • Sole Proprietorship:
    DTI Certificate of Business Name Registration (sample)
  • Partnership / Corporation:
    SEC Certificate of Incorporation (sample)
  • Cooperative:
    Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Certificate of Registration (sample)

In certain cases like Sari-Sari Stores not using a or without a business name the requirement of DTI/SEC registration may be dispensed with during initial registration (see Act No. 3883).

Barangay clearance

Go to the Barangay Hall of the place you are planning to set up your business in, and request for a Barangay Clearance.

Right of applicant over the business location
  • Memorandum of agreement
  • Formal consent of lot owner for applicant to use the property as business location
  • Transfer Certificate of Title (if business location is owned)
  • Location plan or clear sketch of location, showing street names, photos of frontage and interior of business premises
  • Signed certificate of “No Objection” from the Homeowners’ Association or Neighbors’ consent, if business is located inside a subdivision or in predominantly residential area
Basis for computing taxes, fees, and charges

For partnerships and corporations:
Articles of Incorporation that shows paid-up capital / Treasurer’s Affidavit

Occupancy Permit, if required by national laws (e.g. Building Code) and local laws

STEP 2

HOW TO GET YOUR ASSESSMENT AND PAY

Receive an assessment containing total amount for taxes, fees and charges that you need to pay.

Be sure that you receive the Statement of Account from the local government officer.

Estimated Computation and Costs of Business Permit
Fee Breakdown Approximate Fee
Barangay Clearance Php 500
Business Taxes 25% of 1% of the authorized capital stock
Business Permit Fee Php 200
Business License Plate Php 300
Locational Clearance Php 545
Sanitary Permit Fee Php 150
Fire Safety and Inspection Certificate Fee 10% of all regulatory fees
Other clearances or certificates required depending on the nature of business The rate of these fees depends on the nature of business and land area occupied by the proposed corporation

STEP 3

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PERMIT AND WHAT TO DO NEXT

Present your Statement of Account at your City/Municipal Hall to pay for taxes, fees and charges.

After you’re done with this process, you will receive the following:

  • Official Receipt, which serves as proof of payment
  • Mayor’s / Business Permit
  • Other regulatory permits and clearances required by your Local Government Unit

Once you received your local business permit, you may now proceed with:

Register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
Register with Social Agencies (SSS, Philhealth, Pag-ibig) Registration

Special Requirements

Additional clearances or certificates that you may need depending on the type of your business

Need more information on where to start?

Take our step by step guide on how you can register your new venture depending on your business type, industry type, and local government of choice