How to Apply for a Mayor’s Permit in the Philippines

Every company and business establishment in the Philippines requires a business permit in order to operate legally in the country.

A business permit or license from the Local Government units (LGU’s) is one of the most important prerequisites before someone can start his/her business in the country. LGU’s can be cities or municipalities.

Securing a business permit from the Mayor’s Office can only be done if a business is registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for  single proprietorship; or with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for partnership and corporation.

Though procedures for obtaining a business permit may differ on every city, these are the usual steps practiced in most cities in the Philippines.

Requirements for Applying for a Mayor’s Permit

mayors-permitThese are the usual requirements in applying for a Mayor’s Business Permit:

  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 in Applying for a Mayor’s Permit

Step 1: Application and Submission of Requirements

Go to the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) in your city. There you will be given an application form which you need to fill out and submit for verification.

Step 2: City Engineering Office

            Go to the Engineering Department to get the assessment for building fee. You will have to submit your building and occupancy permit. They will also ask you for a drawing of your business location and your building area in square meters.

Step 3: Electrical Department

            Proceed to the Electrical Department to get a Certificate of Electrical Inspection. One of the Engineers may come and visit your place to inspect the area. If there is no problem, they will approve your application and you will be given a certificate. You will pay the inspection fee ast the City Treasurer in your City Hall.

Step 4: Sanitary Office

            You will then proceed to the Health and Sanitary Office to secure a Health and Sanitary Permit. Some cities require drug tests and x-rays for all the employees. Some require attendance in a seminar.

Step 5: Bureau of Fire Protection

Next stop is the Bureau of Fire Protection to secure a Fire Permit. All business establishments are required to have a fire extinguisher and the number of extinguishers depends on the floor area of the establishment. The BFP needs to inspect your place before they sign your papers. Some LGU’s do not conduct inspection but requires pictures of the establishment. The BFP also will not sign your documents without the zoning clearance.

Step 6: Zoning Clearance

Go to the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator to get a zoning clearance. Payment will depend on the project type and cost. You will be asked to submit more requirements. Your documents will be assessed and verified. A zoning inspector will inspect your place to verify conformity with existing ordinance. If there is no question, your clearance will be released after payment.

Step 7: Go Back to Bureau of Fire Protection

            The BFP will now sign your fire permit once you have a zoning clearance.

Step 8: Go Back to BPLO

            Go back to the BPLO to show that you have already completed the process. They may verify it again to make sure that everything is in order and you will be asked to pay the following:

  • Your Business (Contractor/Services/Wholesaler/Retailer)
  • Mayor’s Permit Fee
  • Sanitary Fee
  • Service Fee
  • Local Fire Inspection Fee
  • Business Plate

Your business plate will be released within 1-3 days.




15 responses to “How to Apply for a Mayor’s Permit in the Philippines”

  1. Mervic Ann Condrillon says:

    Hello, I would like to ask. Do I still need to get a Mayors permit eventhough my business is an online software testing? There is no establisments and products selling. My business is just all about testing the softwares of the clients. What permits should I accomplish?

    Thank you in advance. God Bless.

    • ronessa merilos says:

      i have travel agency through online marketing home based. i dont have physical office. do i need to have business permit?

  2. jennifer santos says:

    Can we request for a copy of business permit of Esterly Company in Makati address Pbcom bldg

  3. Melyn Napal says:

    Hi good day still we need to apply a Mayor’s Permit even a small garments with 6 employees? Thank you

  4. mai says:

    can i ask f pwdi po ako makakuha ng mayors permit kahit d ako botante sa lugar?
    thank u and god bless po

  5. Angelique Aguhob says:

    Hi good afternoon mag aapply Po ako mayor’s permit para sa water refilling station sa Socorro,surigao del Norte and magkanu po yung babayaran lahat

  6. Claire Dao says:

    Hi, im starting my own food cart business, which i franchiaed from re, how will i apply for the permita since ours is franchuse only but my cousins nd i owned it, one is silent partner and its just the 2 of us who will ve working

  7. Angie Nuelan says:

    Hi, good day.
    I would like to humbly ask if there is a need to apply for mayor’s business permit eventhough the business location is at home or in barangay only?

    Could you pls help what kindly of permit do i need to apply for?

    Thank you

  8. Roberto Morales says:

    Why is it that TNVS Mayors permit in Caloocan City is 6000 pesos? Its too much for us operator who also pay taxes to earn a living. Grab operators dont earn too much for this business. LTFRB only give 3 months for PA and we can not get this much money out of our business TNVS.

  9. Criselda Esplana says:

    Need ko po ba kumuha ng business permit kahit maliit na vape shop lng po at 1 tao lang po bantay.,salmat

  10. Melanie says:

    Magkano po astusin makakuha mayors permit sa taguig?

  11. Larry Barreto says:

    Required po ba ang medical certificate sa pagkuha ng bussines/mayors permit kahit used clothes ang benta mo?

  12. Francis starosa says:

    Paano po kapag kami po ay sa mga school events lang wala po kami permanent na store kailang lang po namin ay ang sanitary permit, kailang pa po ba namin bayaran pati ang mga fire etc…

  13. Rufel kim Rebullos says:

    Ano pong Brgy Clearance yung nka state po ba yung kung para saan yung brgy clearance.

  14. Glenn dreyfus says:

    Good day. If u have a single driver owner as tnvs u have to comply this brgy. Sanitary fire etc…this is a car not a business in a lot. Thank you.

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