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Aug 19, 2015

Business Permit Requirements and Steps (2015)

Jan Paula Plamenco     8/19/2015  No comments

2015 Requirements and Steps in Getting your Small Business Registration/ License in the Philippines:

How to Apply for a Business Permit/ Business License in the Philippines: 

Make sure that you have all the requirements and payments when you show up at the offices.
*** This article assumes that this business is going to be owned and managed by YOU (sole proprietorship).
Cost of DTI Business Name Registration

Step I: Apply for Certificate of Business Name Registration from the DTI (Department of Trade & Industry)

COST ESTIMATE:  Barangay ₱200 City/Municipality - ₱500  |    Regional -  ₱1000  |  National -  ₱2000

Make sure that your business name is not taken. Think of options and variations for your business name. To check if your business name idea is still available, go to : http://www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph/web/guest/search

Fill out a Business Name (BN) Application Form: Here's the link to the business name application form from the DTI website: http://dti.gov.ph/uploads/DownloadableForms/BN%20Application%20Form.pdf

You will need to go to a DTI field office and submit your BN Application Form so that they can enter it into the DTI Business Name Registration System.

Here’s the link to the DTI Field Office Adresses:
http://www.business.gov.ph/web/guest/contact-us-dti-field-offices

You may be required to provide your TIN ( Tax Identification Number). If you don't have a personal TIN from your former employment, you can register online right here: https://ereg.bir.gov.ph/ereg/welcome.do

Cost of Barangay Clearance. Price of Barangay Certificate of Business Registration

Step II: Application for Barangay Clearance / Certificate of Business Registration

COST ESTIMATE:  ₱800

You will need to register with the specific barangay in the municipality or city where you will operate your business. This office (Barangay Hall) will issue the barangay clearance.

To get the Baranggay Clearance, you will need:
  • a copy of Your certificate of business name registration from the DTI
  • 2 valid IDs
  • Proof of address of your business location ( land title, lease agreement, rental agreement)Cost of Mayor's Business Permit. Price of Mayor's Certificate of Business Registration City Municipality Business Permit

Step III: Apply for Mayor’s Permit (Business Permit)

COST ESTIMATE:  Needs to be assessed by the mayor's permit registration office. You can give them a call to have an idea of the price or amount.

Go to the city hall or municipal hall where your business is going to be located.

To get your business' Mayor's Permit, You will need:

  • a copy of your DTI Business Name Registration certificate,
  • valid IDs,
  • location/ map sketch of your business location
  • Community tax certificate ( in some places)Cost of BIR Business Registration in the Philippines | Price of BIR Business Registration in the Philippines

Step IV: BIR Registration and Business Tax Identification Number (TIN)

COST ESTIMATE:  ₱900

To apply for your BIR Rgistration and TIN Number, You will need:

  • a copy of your DTI Business Name Registration certificate
  • a copy of your Barangay Clearance
  • a copy of your Mayor's Permit
  • proof of your business address (lease/rental agreement or land title)
  • contract of Lease or Land Title/Tax Declaration
  • valid IDs,
  • location/ map sketch of your business location


  • Buy Book of Accounts (at the National Bookstore or BIR Office) to get stamped when you go to the BIR Office
  • Print Receipts and Invoices from BIR-accredited print shops  to get stamped when you go to the BIR Office
  • Go to a BIR  ( Bureau of Internal Revenue) district office.
  • To find a BIR office near you: go to http://www.bir.gov.ph/directory/rdo.htm

*** Get your TIN ( Tax Identification Number) if you don't have one yet. (TIN from former employment is good).

  • Photocopy of Paid BIR FORM 2000 (Documentary Stamp Tax on Lease). 

*** For more information about Documentary Stamp Tax: http://www.bir.gov.ph/taxinfo/tax_docstm.htm

  • Get Certificate of Authority to Print (ATP) Receipts and Invoice Form
  • Get your Books of Accounts, Invoice, Receipts stamped
  • Fill out payment BIR FORM 0605 (Payment Form)
  • they will issue your Certificate of BIR registration which is Form 2303Price SSS Business Registration Philippines

Step V. Apply for SSS (Social Security System) Registration

COST ESTIMATE:  ₱0 - FREE

 SSS Registration is compulsory for people who are starting their own business in the Philippines. You register your business as an employer / yourself as a self-employed or as employee, and your workers as employees. This office will issue an SSS number for your business, for yourself, as well as for your workers.
To find the SSS Branch Office near you go to their website https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/index.html  (Note: The branch office directory is the middle of the left side of their homepage - kind of hard to find).

Step V.1. Register with the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)

COST ESTIMATE:  ₱0 - FREE:   Republic Act 7742 requires all SSS members earning at least P4,000 a month to register with this agency. HDMF administers the Pag-Ibig Fund
Price Philhealth registration Philippines

Step VI. Register with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth)

COST ESTIMATE:  ₱0 - FREE

 The New National Health Insurance Act (RA 7875) as amended by RA 9241 requires all employers of private sectors and their employees to register with PhilHealth. PhilHealth manages & administers the government health care system.

Step VII: Make copies of your permits. 

Also, remember that your business permits have to be renewed every year.

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