Business Registration and Permits


In putting up a business, there are several government agencies you have to register with depending on the type of your business. These agencies include among others the following:

Department of Trade and Industry

It is necessary to register your single proprietorship business with the DTI to provide it with a legal identity and gain the rights to use your business name. Remember that a business name (BN) registration is not a license to operate a business.

Registering a business name and paying the fee can be done online at You may find a step-by-step registration guide at

You may also register at your nearest DTI Regional or Provincial office. Bring an accomplished business name registration sole proprietorship application form and a valid government-issued ID. An authorized representative can also submit the BN application requirements as long as he/she also provides a valid ID and an authorization letter signed by the business owner.

Additional Requirements:
If Non-Philippine National

  • Clear certified copy of the Alien Certificate of Registration; and
  • Certificate of Registration for Sole Proprietorship/Certificate of Authority to engage in business in the Philippines

If Recognized Refugee or Recognized Stateless Person

  • Clear certified copy of the Certificate of Recognition issued by the DOJ-RSPPU or presentation of the original Certificate of Recognition and submission of a duplicate copy.

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:
Head Office: Secretariat Building, PICC Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1307
Trunkline No.: (+632) 8818-0921
or (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

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. To view the list of local government units (LGUs), please visit the Department of Interior and Local Government website or

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

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

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

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:

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Philippine 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
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,
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
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