Obtaining a Business Permit in the Philippines

Every business in the Philippines is required to get a business permit (also known as a "mayor's permit") from the Local Government Unit (LGU) to run and operate a business.
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The business permit is signed by the mayor in each respective municipality, also known as the LGU. The business permit allows your company to engage in business, and is a requirement to open up a corporate banking account and more. The process of for applying for a business permit comes after the company registration process main registration of the company is completed at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for corporations and partnerships, or at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for sole proprietorships.

All businesses are also required to renew their business permit once a year, on or before January 20th. Failure to renew your company’s business permit on time could result in large fines, and, potentially, lead to halted operations.

Here are is the overview of requirements to obtain a business permit from the LGU area that you intend to operate in:

  • Certificate of Business Name Registration from the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) for Sole Proprietorships; Articles of Partnership (Partnerships) or Articles for Incorporation (Corporations) from the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission); Certificate of Registration (Cooperatives) from the Cooperative Development Authority
  • Barangay (neighborhood) Business Clearance
  • An authorization letter with ID
  • Contract of lease (if leased) or Certificate of Title/Tax Declaration of the property/building (if owned)
  • A printed Google map of the business location (or sketch)
  • The Occupancy Permit
  • Community Tax Certificate (CTC or Cedula)
  • Public Liability Insurance (for some businesses)
  • Location or Zoning Clearance
  • Fire Permit (FSIC)
  • Sanitary Permit

We at Triple i Consulting can help you obtain your own business permit, as well as assist you in completing the above list of the needed requirements.

Instead of doing this yourself, you can Contact Us Here, fill out the form below, call us at +63 (02) 8540-9623, or email us at info@tripleiconsulting.com to book an initial consultation with one of our business permit experts.

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