TIPS ON GETTING BUSINESS PERMITS
Updated: Mar 8
Business permits allow companies to conduct business within the jurisdiction of a local government unit (LGU). These permits are usually secured from the municipal hall where the business is located.
Business permits are issued to ensure that businesses pay taxes and comply with local regulations for safety, health, security, and sanitation. This document also entitles the business to any support provided by the LGUs to enterprises in their area.
Before perusing this guide, please make sure that you have done with registering your business name with DTI or SEC.
Basic Requirements for Business Permits
Occupancy Permit (issued by the building official)
SEC Certificate (for partnerships and corporations)
Business Capitalization (sworn statement)
Cedula (secured from the treasurer’s office at the LGU’s municipal hall)
Contract of Lease (if the building where the business operates is rented)
Proof of Ownership or Tax Declaration (if the building where the business operates is owned)
Printed Photos of the Business Establishment
How to Apply for a Business Permit in the Philippines
Secure the needed requirements.
Accomplish the business permit application form and have it notarized.
Submit the application together with the requirements to the LGU where the business is located.
Pay the assessment fees which include:
Mayor’s Permit fee
Building Inspection fee
Sanitary Inspection fee
Fire Safety Inspection fee
Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Inspection fee
Claim the Mayor’s Permit on the scheduled date.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the cost of application for this permit?
There is no definite amount as it differs from city to city but the estimated cost is around 300 to 5000 pesos depending on the business.
How long does it take to get the business permit?
The process varies in different cities but the average turnaround time is 14 days.
Is this process available to process online?
There are cities that allow applications online. For Metro Manila applicants, they can process it through GO Manila.
When should I renew my business permit?
Renewal of permits should be done on or before January 20th of every year. Late renewals will incur a penalty of:
25% surcharge on unpaid fees, charges, and taxes
2% monthly interest on other unpaid fees
Can I operate immediately after getting the permit?
Yes, you can. But don’t forget to secure the following before officially starting your business.
Business SSS number
Business TIN and Certificate of Registration from BIR
PhilHealth Employer Member Registration
Pag-IBIG Employer Member Registration