STEP BY STEP GUIDE IN GETTING A BUSINESS PERMIT IN THE PHILIPPINES:
- Register the business to DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) online. Click here to go to their website. Fill up the necessary forms, submit the registration then make an online payment to confirm. Once confirmed, print the DTI permit.
- Bring the DTI permit to the city treasurer’s office to apply for a new business. A form will be given and should be filled up with the needed information. You have to declare how much capital you are putting up to the business so they can give you an assessment on how much tax you are going to pay.
- Have your application be assessed then pay the business tax including other fees.
- Get a Community Tax Certificate.
- After paying the business tax, you will need to proceed to the barangay where your business will be operating to get a Barangay Clearance.
- If you are renting your office space, you will need to secure a Contract of Lease from the owner of the space you are renting.
- Once Barangay Clearance and Contract of Lease are secured, go back to the city treasurer’s office for the printing of the Business Permit.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS IN GETTING A BUSINESS PERMIT IN THE PHILIPPINES:
- Make sure to have your IDs (government issued) photocopied ahead to avoid hassle.
- Have your documents photocopied for future use.
- Secure enough funds because the fees vary depending on different businesses.
- Come early to avoid long lines and to finish your transaction early too.
FEES FOR BUSINESS PERMIT IN THE PHILIPPINES:
- Business Tax – .05% of your declared capital
- Other Fees:
- Mayor’s Permit Fee – Amount is not fixed
- Garbage Fee – amount is not fixed
- Health Fee – Php 100.00
- Zoning Fee – Php 100.00
- CCENRO Fee – Php 40.00
- Certification Fee – Php 20.00
- Documentary Stamp – Php 40.00
- OBO Fees – amount is not fixed
- Occupational Tax – amount is not fixed
- Sanitary Fee – amount is not fixed
- Barangay Clearance Fee – Amount depends on the result of the assessment
- Community Tax Certificate – Depending on the declared capital
***DISCLAIMER: Fees stated here are based on personal experience. They may vary on your location and the type of business you are engaged in.