How to get a Mayor’s Business Permit or license in the Philippines? A business permit or license from the Local Government Units (LGU) is one of the important requirements for every business or company to operate in the Philippines. LGUs can be cities or municipalities, and procedures for obtaining a permit may vary depending on the ordinances the city or municipality will implement. This means that obtaining a business permit in Makati City may become different from getting it in Manila or Cebu City.
Securing a business permit from the Mayor’s Office can only be done after the registration of your business with the Department of Trade and Industry or DTI (for single proprietorship) and with the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC (for partnership and corporation). The following are the usual steps and requirements for getting a Mayor’s Business Permit for typical cities in the Philippines.
Requirements for New Business
1. Barangay Clearance
2. DTI Business Name Certificate (Single Proprietor)
3. Certificate of SEC Registration / Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation) / Articles of Partnership (for Partnership)
4. Public Liability Insurance (for Restaurants, Cinemas, Malls, etc.)
5. Authorization Letter of owner with ID
6. Lease Contract / Tax Declaration
7. SSS (Certification / Clearance)
8. CTC (Community Tax Certificate-CEDULA)
Steps for Securing a Business Permit (for New Business in Manila)
1. Application and submission of requirements
The accomplished business transaction form together with the requirements shall be submitted to the Bureau of Permits (BP). The BP personnel shall encode the business transaction form details and the requirements for processing and computation of business permit fee. The BP personnel shall issue a computer generated Business Identification Number (BIN) slip to the applicant.
2. Assessment of business tax and regulatory fees
The applicant shall proceed to the License Division of the City Treasurer’s Office for computation and assessment of Business Tax and Regulatory Fees. The applicant shall present the issued Business Identification Number to a licensing officer on duty. The latter shall then compute and generate the License and Regulatory Fees Form which shall be given to the applicant.
3. Payment of license and regulatory fees
The applicant shall proceed to the cashier and shall present the issued License and Regulatory Fees (LRF) Form. The cashier shall receive and record the payment of the applicant and shall validate the LRF Form which will serve as the Official Receipt.
4. Release of Business Permit
The applicant shall go back to the Bureau of Permits office. After verifying the Official Receipt, a personnel will generate the Business Permit and it will be released to the applicant upon signing of the BP Director.
Websites of LGUs in the Philippines
If your business is located on the following major cities of the Philippines, you can go to their website and check the current steps and requirements in securing a Mayor’s Business Permit.
1. Bacolod City
2. Baguio City
3. Caloocan City
4. Cebu City
5. Davao City
6. Iloilo City
7. Manila City
8. Makati City
9. Mandaluyong City
10. Muntinlupa City
11. Pasay City
12. Pasig City
13. Puerto Princesa City
14. Quezon City
15. San Juan City
16. Tacloban City
Note: Business permits are renewed every year. Renewal period is usually on the first month (January) of the calendar year depending on the city or municipality ordinance. Penalties are imposed upon business on failure to renew business permit.