How to Get Business Permits and Licenses

In starting your own business, getting business permits and licenses is very important step. To make your business legal and fully functional there are several government agencies you have to register with depending on the type of your business. These are the following: DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI) Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP). You may secure and accomplish their application for Business Name with the nearest DTI regional or provincial offices. It is necessary to register your business with this agency in order to gain the exclusive rights to use your business name. Single proprietors are required to register. Partnerships and corporation registrations are optional. You may also apply online at SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) SEC Building, Edsa, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City Tel. Nos.: (+632) 726.0931 to 39 Email: Website: or (for online registration) It is essential for a Partnership or a Corporation to register with the SEC in order for them to be treated as a legal or judicial entity. LOCAL GOVERNMENT Permits or licenses are required to ensure that the standards are met and that business complies with the specific requirements of the business locale. Registration procedure varies across cities and municipalities. BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE (BIR) Office, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City Trunkline: (+632) 981.7000 / 981.8888 Email: Website: Every business enterprise has to register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for taxation purposes. The Bureau will furnish your business with its own tax identification number and the authority to print receipt, invoices and others. SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM (SSS) SSS Building, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Tel. Nos.: (+632)920.6401 / 920.6446 Email: Website: The Social Security System offers many benefits for employees and employers such as disability and death benefits. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT (DOLE) 2/F, Dy International Building, San Marcelino cor. Gen. Malvar St., Malate, Manila Tel. Nos.: (+632) 339.2013 / 527.8000 Email: Website: Business establishments with five or more employees are encouraged to register with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the purpose of monitoring the firms’ compliance with labor regulations. Registration is required for firms with 50 or more workers. OTHER AGENCIES Depending on the type of business, certain companies are required by law to register with other government agencies. The following is a list of regulatory bodies: a. For those engaged in the export of coconuts and coconut by-products Philippine Coconut Authority Export Division Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Tel. Nos. (+632) 928.8741 to 45 Email: Website: b. For all manufacturers of garments and textile for exports Garments and Textile Export Board (GTEB) New Solid Building 4/F New Solid Bldg., 357 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Tel. No. (+632)890.4651 to 52 c. For rice, corn and flour dealers National Food Authority (NFA) 6/F, Philippine Sugar Center Building, North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Tel. Nos. (+632)928.0721 453.3900 loc 6225 Email: Website: d. For processors and traders of fibers and fiber products. Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) License Division Asia Trust Bank Annex Building 1424 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City Tel. Nos.: (+632)373.7489 / (+632)373.9241 Fax: (+632)373.7494 E-mail: Email: Website: e. For those engaged in the export of fish and fish products other aquatic products. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Licensing and Regulatory Division Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Building, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Tel No. : (+632) 929.9597 / 929.8074 Email : : Website: f. For exporters of animals and animal by-product Bureau of Animal Industry Animal (BAI) Animal Health Division BAI Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Tel. No. (+632)928.2836 / 928.2778 Fax No. (+632)928.2429 Email: Website: g. For those engaged in the export of plant and plant products Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) 692 San Andres St., Malate, Manila Tel. No.: (+632) 525.7857 Fax No.: (+632) 521.7650 E-mail: : h. For exporters of forest products (e.g. logs, lumber products, plywood, etc.) Bureau of Forest Development Forest Management Bureau Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Tel. No.: (+632)927.6229 Email: Website: i. For those engaged in the production or export of flue-cured Virginia-type tobacco, Burley tobacco and Turkish/Oriental tobacco products. National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Scout Reyes Street cor., Panay Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Telefax No.: (+632) 374.3987 / 374.2505 Email: Website: j. For commodity clearance for producers, manufacturers or exporters, whose product quality after due inspection, sampling and testing, is found to meet established standards. DTI – Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) 3/F, Trade and Industry Building 361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Tel. No.: (+632)751.3123 / 751.3125 Fax No.: (+632)751.0476 Email: Website: k. For firms who want to register their patents and trademarks. DTI-Intellectual Property Office 351 IPO Building, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City Tel. Nos.: (+632) 752.5450 to 65 Loc. 201 to 205, Telefax No.: (+632) 897.1724, Email: or Website: l. For those interested to tie up with export oriented firms as sub-contractors/suppliers (provided they fall under any of the following sectors: garments and handwoven fabrics, gifts and housewares, furniture and fixtures, footware and leather goods, fresh and processed foods and jewelry). National Subcontractors Exchange (SUBCONEX) 12/F Trafalgar Plaza., 105 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City Tel. No.: 811.8231 m. For enterprises engaged directly or indirectly in the service, repair and/or maintenance of vehicles, engines and engineering works, electrical, electronics, air-conditioning and refrigeration, office machines and data processing, equipment, medical and dental equipment including the technical personnel like mechanics and technicians employed by such firms. DTI- National Capital Region (DTI – NCR) 12/F Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City / G/F, Trade and Industry Building 361 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City Tel. No.: (+632) 811.8231 / (+632) 751.3190 to 91 Email: Website: n. For those engaged in the production of food, drugs and cosmetic products. Bureau of food and Drugs (BFAD) Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City Tel. Nos.: (+632)807.0721 / (+632)842.5606 Fax No.: (+632)807.0751 Email: Website: DOWNLOAD the Complete Guide in Registering your Business published by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED) Source:

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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