Business Permit Renewal Process in the Philippines

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Here are the steps and requirements for business permit renewal in the Philippines.

Business Permit Renewal Process in the Philippines
Business Permit Renewal Process in the Philippines

In the Philippines, business permit renewal is a requirement if a business owner or proprietor wants to continue to operate their business legally.

To facilitate a smooth process of business permit renewal, it is advisable to prepare the necessary documents in advance.

This article will provide the necessary information, documents, and other requirements you will need to prepare prior to renewing your business permit.

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What is a business permit, and why do you need one?

A business permit is a legal authorization granted by the Philippine government that allows an individual or entity to operate a business within the specific jurisdiction of a local government unit.

Business registrations serve as an official acknowledgment that the registered businesses have met the necessary requirements and comply with local regulations.

The issuance of a business permit involves a meticulous review of the business’s activities, location, and adherence to zoning laws, health and safety standards, and other applicable regulations, such as promptness in payment of business taxes, local business tax, etc.

Are business permits renewed annually?

This is one of the most important pieces of information that a business owner needs to know.

Business registration or a mayor’s permit needs to be renewed on a yearly or annual basis in order for you to continue to operate legally.

The mayor’s permit renewal done annually augments business legitimacy and the capacity to operate for the following year without hassle.

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Business Permit Renewal Deadline

In the Philippines, you need to renew your business permits at any time between January 1 and January 20 each year.

All types of businesses within the specific jurisdiction should comply with this deadline, regardless of the actual date of the business permit application with the (DTI) Department of Trade and Industry, (SEC) Securities and Exchange Commission, or (CDA) Cooperative Development Authority.

Business Permit Renewal Requirements
Business Permit Renewal Requirements

Requirements for the renewal of business permits

Since renewing business permits is necessary, the actual requirements can vary depending on your local government units.

However, these are the common requirements that you should prepare in advance to replace the previous year’s business permit:

Barangay Documents

This is the Barangay Business Permit, Barangay Clearance, or Barangay Clearance Certificate.

The barangay business permit is an authorization document from the local barangay that allows a business to operate legally within its district. This document needs renewal on or before January 20 annually.

To apply for a barangay business permit renewal from your local barangay hall, you will need to provide the following requirements:

  • A copy of the previous year’s barangay business permit
  • An official receipt for payment for the previous year’s barangay business permit
  • Two copies of the Renewal Application Form

Other Documents

Other Documents and Legal Permits Needed for Business Permit Renewal:

  • original copy of the business permit from the previous year
  • Current Community Tax Certificate or its receipt of payment
  • Copy of the Lease Contract
  • CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources Office) Certificate
  • authorized sanitary permit
  • Fire safety inspection certificate
  • Comprehensive general liability insurance
  • Occupation and zoning clearance certificate
  • An audited financial statement of your business from the previous fiscal year

Additional Requirements

You may also need to submit the following additional business registration requirements based on your local government unit. Here are the common requirements:

  • Copy of a notarized lease agreement
  • DTI, SEC, or CDA registration
  • Quarterly reports of value-added tax (VAT) returns from the previous fiscal year
  • Declaration of Gross Receipts
  • The number of employees at the time the business permits are being renewed
  • SSS, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth registrations of your employees at the time of the permit renewal
  • A copy of an affidavit of no operations (if your business was unable to operate or engage in any form of financial transactions during the previous fiscal year)

Payment of Fees

In addition to the documentary requirements stated above, you will also need to pay for the following fees:

  • Local business tax (LBT)
  • Mayor’s permit fee
  • Sanitary inspection fee
  • Garbage fee
  • Building inspection fee
  • Zoning fees
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How to Process Business Permit Renewals

Check with your LGU about the specific requirements for renewing your business permit for the upcoming fiscal year.

Remember that renewals should be processed at any time between January 1 and January 20.

Obtain all pre-requisite documents. You may need to visit other government offices, such as CENRO, BIR, and local health and sanitation offices, to complete the requisites.

Here is the step-by-step process:

Barangay Permit Renewal

Obtain a copy of the barangay clearance or barangay business permit renewal application form from your barangay hall.

Check with your local barangay regarding the specific requirements needed to obtain a copy of the annual renewal of the barangay permit.

Assessment of requirements.

Complete the requisite documents for your barangay permit renewal and submit them for assessment.

Pay the corresponding fees.

You will need to pay any processing fee associated with your request to renew the barangay business permit. Make sure to keep your official receipts.

Claim your Barangay Permit.

Return to the barangay hall where you submitted your application on the date specified by your local government unit to claim your processed and approved business permit.

Mayor’s Permit Renewal

Go to your local city hall or municipal hall and request a mayor’s permit form for renewal.

Take note of any requisite documents that you need to complete in advance.

Submit the required documents.

Fulfill and complete all necessary documents before submitting them to your city hall or municipal hall. Documents that require notarization and authentication should be processed in advance.

Pay the necessary fees.

Pay the processing fees promptly to avoid any delays in your renewal application.

Claim your Mayor’s Permit.

Return to the city hall or municipal hall, where you processed your permit renewal to claim it.

Penalties for late renewal or non-compliance

The Local Government Code of the Philippines states that a twenty-five percent (25%) surcharge will be applied to the business tax assessed. Moreover, there is an additional two percent (2%) monthly penalty for every month that the business proprietor or entity fails to renew its business permit.

Further delinquency can result in an order to cease operations as well as an order for the closure and/or seizure of all assets and properties of the involved business entity.

Business permit initial application

For first-time business permit applicants, the following are the requirements.

  1. Barangay Clearance: Request this clearance from the Barangay where your business operates. You will also need a copy of your business registration and a notarized lease contract or a Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT). Lastly, you will also need to pay a Barangay Clearance Fee.
  2. Certificate of Registration: Sole proprietors need to present their DTI Business Name Certificate. Alternatively, corporations and partnerships will need to submit an SEC Registration. Moreover, you may also need to submit your Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Partnership.
  3. Contract of Lease: Those who lease their business area would need to submit a contract of lease. However, those who own their place of business will need a TCT or Tax Declaration.
  4. Certificate of Occupancy: You will need to provide a sketch or pictures of your business location for this certificate. In addition, you will need to have a Fire Inspection Certificate.
  5. Community Tax Certificate or CEDULA: You may get this certificate from the City Treasurer’s Office in your city hall.

Other permits

  1. Fire Safety Inspection Certificate or Fire Permit: For the Fire Permit, you will need to submit documents like building plans, permits, clearances, insurance coverage, and recommendations from safety inspectors.
  2. Building Permit and Electrical Inspection Certificate: This certificate requires extensive documents. The list includes the following:
  • Detailed building plan
  • Lot plan
  • Clearances (Homeowners’, Barangay, etc.)
  • Fire Safety
  • Lease Contract (Owner’s authorization if renting and land title/tax declaration if owned)
  • Office location sketch
  • Old building permit (if it applies)
  • Material bills and specifications
  • Structural computation
  1. Locational Clearance: You will usually get your locational clearance within 3 to 5 days from the Zoning Office in your local government. The requirements usually include the following:
  • Notarized Contract of Lease
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Business Location Sketch
  • Building Permit
  • Authorization (For renters)
  • Certification of No Renovation
  • Real Property Tax Declaration
  1. Sanitary Permit: You will need a Sanitary Permit, regardless of whether you own a food or non-food business, to follow the Sanitary Code of the Philippines. For this, you will need the following:
  • Chest X-Ray
  • 1×1 Picture for each employee
  • Permit payment
  • Sanitary inspection fees
  • Medical Certificate of Health Card from the local Health Officer

For a more updated list of requirements that are specific to your business, check in with your local licensing office.

Business Permit Renewal Online

With the help of online services and payment platforms, you can now have your business permit renewed online in select local government units. All you need to do is submit your requirements, pay the fees, and wait for your renewed business permit.

Estimate your fees and official renewal fee structure using our calculator:

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