Business Permits and Licenses

In putting up a business, 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

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.

For those businesses located in the National Capital Region, visit the following DTI-NCR Offices:  

a 1 Office 
(Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque)
Mezzanine Floor, Roxas Strip Building, Roxas Boulevard
cor. Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Pasay City
Tel. No.: (+632) 804.0307
Area 2 Office
(Makati, Las Piñas, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Municipality of Pateros)
Penthouse Level, Goodland Building, 377 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue (Buendia) Makati City (near DTI International Building) 
Tel. No.: (+632) 551.2989 or 403.4112 
Area 3 Office
(Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Marikina, and San Juan)
3rd Floor, Lux Center Bldg., EDSA,
Wack-wack, Mandaluyong City.
(Across SM Megamall)
Tel. No.: 570.3716 / FAX: 571.4751
Area 4 Office
(Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela)
5/F Araneta Square Mall Bonifacio Monument Circle, Rizal Ave. Ext. cor. Samson Road, Caloocan City
Tel. No.: (+632) 332.0829 or 332.0854
You may also apply online at www.bnrs.dti.gov.ph. Registrants outside Metro Manila may secure and accomplish their application for Business Name with the nearest DTI regional or provincial offices. Click here for the Sole Proprietorship BN application application form.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

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.

Register at:
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)

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)

All cooperatives are required to register with the CDA as per Republic Act 6938/6939.

Register at:
Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)
6/F Benlor Building, 1184 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (+632) 373.6895
Website: www.cda.gov.ph

Local Government

All businesses, whatever the legal form, are required to secure a mayor's permit or municipal license from the city or municipality where they are located. 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)

Every business enterprise has to register with the BIR for taxation purposes. The Bureau will furnish your business with its own tax identification number (TIN) and the authority to print receipt, invoices, and others.

Register at:
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
BIR National Office, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Trunkline: (+632) 981.7000 / 981.8888 
Email: contact_us@cctr.bir.gov.ph
Website: www.bir.gov.ph

Social Security System (SSS) 

An employer, or any person who uses the services of another person in business, trade, industry, or any undertaking must be registered with the SSS.

Register at:
Social Security System (SSS) 
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

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 

Business establishments with five or more employees are encouraged to register with the DOLE for the purpose of monitoring the firms’ compliance with labor regulations.  Registration is required for firms with 50 or more workers. The Bureau of Local Employment administers the registration of establishments.

Register at:
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: osec@dole.gov.ph
Website: www.dole.gov.ph

Other Agencies

Depending on the type of products, 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 (PCA)           
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 Industry Development Office (GTIDO)
             4F Industry and Investments Building
             385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, 1200 Makati City
             Tel. Nos.: (+632) 976.5723 / 976.5700 loc. 5523
             Fax: (+632) 976.5722
             E-mail: gtido@dti.gov.ph
c. For rice, corn and flour dealers
National Food Authority  (NFA)
Department of Agriculture
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 / 373.9241 
Fax: (+632)373.7494 
E-mail: fida@pldtdsl.net.ph; 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
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 (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.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
Website: www.bpi.da.gov.ph
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:  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: nta.da.gov.ph
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
28 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Town Center
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City       
Tel. Nos.: (+632) 238.6300 to 65 loc. 205
Telefax No.: (+632) 752.4869, 
Email: dittb@ipophil.gov.ph; 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.: (+632) 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 (NCR)
12/F Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City 
Tel. No.:  (+632) 811.8231 / 751.3190 to 91  
Website: www.dtincr.ph
n. For those engaged in the production of food, drugs and cosmetic products

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City     
Alabang, Muntinlupa City 
Tel. Nos.: (+632) 807.0721 / 842.5606
Fax No.: (+632) 807.0751  
Email: bfad@bfad.gov.ph
Website: www.bfad.gov.ph
Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:13PM GMT+8

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