How to Get Your Business Permit in the Philippines?

After working so hard abroad, you finally decided to build your business in the Philippines.


With the future in mind, you start your journey as an entrepreneur. You came up with a brilliant business idea. Now comes the hard part, operations.


To operate in the Philippines, generally, you have to secure these major certificates at the start of your business. (For the purpose of this article, we will assume that you will open a sole proprietorship.)


For a sole proprietor, you must:

  •      Get a Certificate of Business Name Registration in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
  •      Get a Business Barangay Clearance.
  •      Get a Business Permit in the Mayor’s Office.
  •      Get a Certificate of Registration at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

We have talked about your DTI registration. We also touched on registering and filing taxes. But how do we get that elusive business permit?


These are the steps and the requirements you need for a business permit.


Location Clearance

  Location Clearance  

Before filing your application, you must first get a notarized Location Clearance in the zoning division in the city hall or municipality hall nearest your business. You need the following:

  •      DTI Registration
  •      Barangay Clearance
  •      Contract of Lease or Land Title with Tax Declaration
  •      Sketch of Location
  •      Occupancy Permit

Upon application, you will either be assessed as for processing or for inspection. If you are assessed for processing, your location clearance will be released after three (3) working days. If for inspection, it will be released after five (5) working days.


Business Permit Assessment

  Business Permit Assessment  

After getting your Location Clearance, go to the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) in the City Hall or Municipal Hall nearest your business location.


Generally, you need the following:

  •      DTI Registration
  •      Barangay Clearance
  •      Location Clearance
  •      Public Liability Insurance
  •      Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)

(Some types of businesses might require additional requirements. It is best to consult the BPLO for more information.)


Accomplish the registration form and have a BPLO assessor compute your fees to be paid. Afterwards, submit the application to the receiving section of the BLPO. Then, you will get a receiving copy of the assessment.


The BPLO will forward your application to the cashier’s office. It can only be paid, at the very least, the next day. You can pay either through cash or through manager’s check addressed to the City Hall or Municipality Hall.


Fire Permit and Sanitary Permit

  Fire Permit and Sanitary Permit  

For the next step, go to the Fire Department and present your paid application for the issuance of the fire safety permit.


Then, go to the sanitary division to pick up your temporary sanitary permit. The sanitary permit will be issued after microbiological water analysis, pest control, and health certificates are issued for employees.


But for the purpose of the issuance of your business permit, you can just show the temporary sanitary permit first.


Finally! Releasing of your Business Permit

Finally! Releasing of your Business Permit

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After this grueling process, go to the BPLO and submit the paid application with the fire permit and sanitary permit to the “Releasing Permits” Section.


You wait for the release of your business permit. And now, it’s done! Good luck with your new business!

Leandro Eclipse

Leandro Eclipse is an entrepreneur who loves to travel. He believes in building multiple Location-Independent Sources of Income. Because if you are going to work anyway, might as well do it while exploring the world. Self-proclaimed foodie and tech geek. Follow him on IG @mikoeclipse.

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