Requirements and Procedure on How to Apply for a Mayor’s Business Permit in the Philippines

Before you can operate a business here in the Philippines, you must first submit all the necessary documents required by the law. The municipal office near you will address your need. We have enumerated all the permits and important documents you need to comply within our previous article. Now, we will solely focus on how to get a mayor’s permit.

What is a mayor’s permit?



A business permit is sometimes called as mayor’s permit. You must pass all the necessary requirements prescribed by the law before you can obtain one. The requirements are:

  • Business Barangay Clearance
  • The Department of Trade and Industry registration (if single proprietorship)
  • Securities Exchange and Commission certificate (if partnership or corporation)

A Barangay Clearance shows the location of your business. How to get one? Follow the steps on how to get a barangay clearance. Also, secure your DTI registration or certificate as proof of legitimacy.

Steps on how to get a mayor’s permit

1. Secure a Locational Clearance

A locational clearance is one of the requirements to get a Mayor’s Permit. A notarized document is necessary, thus, secure a copy and visit the nearest Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) in your area.

The requirements to get a locational clearance are:

  • Lease Contract
  • Sketch/Drawing of the location of the business.
  • Clear photos of the interior of the business

The process will take 3-5 business days.

2. Fees

The officer or assessor in Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will assess the necessary fees you must pay.

3. Application Submission

Having secured your assessed payments, go to the cashier’s office in the Municipal Hall and pay for the fees. You can either pay through cash or check.



4. Fire and Sanitary Permits Application

After payment of fees, proceed to the fire and sanitary department respectively and show your receipt.

5. Releasing of the Mayor’s Permit

Finally, you can now claim the Mayor’s permit. Just a friendly reminder: bring everything that you need before processing your business permit to avoid a hassle. Read: How to Process Business Permits

Here are the lists of valid documents to be presented to get the Mayor’s Permit:

  • Certification documents such as
    (DTI Business Name Certificate; or SEC Articles of Partnership; or SEC Certificate of Incorporation)
    Locational Clearance
  • Sanitary Permit
  • Fire Permit
  • Authorization letter of the owner with proof of identification
  • Community Tax Certificate (CTC or Cedula)
  • Occupancy Permit
  • Barangay Clearance/Permit
  • Contract of Lease or Land Title/Tax Declaration
  • Sketch of Location
  • Public Liability Insurance

Processing business permits or mayor’s permit could be tiresome. However, although some documents need to be notarized, it wouldn’t cost you too much time and money.




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