Business Permits and Licenses

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:

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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 www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph.


SEC Building, Edsa, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
Tel. Nos.: (+632) 726.0931 to 39
Email: mis@sec.gov.ph
Website: www.sec.gov.ph
or http://iregister.sec.gov.ph/MainServlet (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.


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.


Office, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Trunkline: (+632) 981.7000 / 981.8888
Email: contact_us@cctr.bir.gov.ph
Website: www.bir.gov.ph

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.


SSS Building, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. Nos.: (+632)920.6401 / 920.6446
Email: member_relations@sss.gov.ph
Website: www.sss.gov.ph

The Social Security System offers many benefits for employees and employers such as disability and death benefits.


2/F, Dy International Building, San
Marcelino cor. Gen. Malvar St., Malate, Manila
Tel. Nos.: (+632) 339.2013 / 527.8000
Email: osec@dole.gov.ph
Website: www.dole.gov.ph

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.


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: pca_cpo@yahoo.com.ph
Website: www.pca.da.gov.ph

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: nfa_admin@nfa.gov.ph
Website: www.nfa.gov.ph

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: fida@pldtdsl.net
Email: fida@pacific.net.ph
Website: www.fida.da.gov.ph

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 : info@bfar.da.gov.ph : webmaster@bfar.da.gov.ph
Website: www.bfar.da.gov.ph

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: quarantine.bai@yahoo.com
Website: www.bai.da.gov.ph

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: cu.bpi@da.gov.ph : buplant@yahoo.com

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: fmbdenr@mozcom.com
Website: www.forestry.denr.gov.ph

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: mis@nta.gov.ph
Website: http://www.geocities.com/miscsdnta

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: bps@dti.gov.ph
Website: www.bps.dti.gov.ph

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: dittb@ipophil.gov.ph or mail@ipophil.gov.ph
Website: www.ipophil.gov.ph

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: asecpelayo@dtincr.ph
Website: www.dtincr.ph

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: bfad@bfad.gov.ph
Website: www.bfad.gov.ph

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE: 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: http://www.dti.gov.ph

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