Application for Permits, Licenses, and Clearances
a. Locational Clearance (New Applicants & Change of Business Address ONLY) b. Lease Contract between the Lessor and the Lessee. If Leased, attach Mayor’s Permit registration of the building owner/landlord as a Real Estate Lessor. If not, Lease Contract between the Lessee and the Sub- Lessee with conformity of the Owner of the Building Administration. If owned, transfer Certificate of Title (TCT) or Tax Declaration (xerox copy). c. Business Name Registration with the Department of Trade and Industry (for sole proprietorship/new applicants) d. Article of Incorporations/Partnership (approved by S.E.C.) (New Applicants ONLY) e. Barangay Clearance. f. Public Liability Insurance.
Other Requirements depending on the type of business
• Resident Certificate A and B for Single Proprietorship, C and C1 for
• Contractor’s License issued by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation
Board (PCAB). In case of General / Specialty and Engineering Contractor.
• National Grains Authority (NGA) License in case of Dealer of Rice/
Corn and Wheat.
• Bureau of Food and Drug Administration in case of Drugstores / Bakery.
• Accreditation Certificate issued by the Department of Trade in case of
Auto Repair Shop, Electronics, Radio and other Electrical Equipments.
• Customer Broker’s issued by the Custom Broker’s Commission in case
of Custom Brokerage Business.
• Real Estate Broker’s License issued by the Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) in case of Real Estate Broker.
• Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in case of
• Philippine Overseas and Employment (POEA) in case of Manning and
• Central Bank Authority in case of Banking Institution.
• Pest Control License issued by Fertilizers and Insecticide in case of Pest
• Videogram Permit issued by the Videogram Regulatory Board in case of
Video Rental Services.
• Occupancy Permit and Ownership in case of Real Estate Lessor.
• Future Commodity Merchant/Broker’s License issued by the Securities
& Exchange Commission. For those engaged in the sale of commodities
for future transactions as merchant/broker.
• PCSUCIA (National License) for those operating Security Agencies.
• Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR)
clearance in case of Mining.
• LTO Franchising and Regulatory Board in case of Rent-A-Car and
• License to Operate-Firearms & Explosive Units (Camp Crame).
• Department of Transportation & Communication (DOTC) in case of
Messengerial and Courier Services.
• Energy Regulatory Board (ERB) in case of dealer of LPG.
• National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) in case of
• Philippine Shipper’s Bureau in case of forwarders
• TESDA Certification
Procedure for Registration
• Acceptance of Application Form and other requirements. Evaluation
and assessment of taxes, fees and charges and recommend
• Evaluation of annual inspection fees for building / electrical / plumbing /
mechanical, etc. (Engineering Department)
• Proceed to Administrator’s office for approval
a) Releasing assessed permit / license application approved with
b) Receive payments and issue Official Receipts (License and Treasury)
• Issuance of Health / Sanitation Certificate (Health Department)
• Issuance of Mayor’s Permit and approved permits / licenses released to
One (1) to Two (2) Hours
Where to Apply
For Makati City -
Business Permit Office
Makati City Hall
J.P. Rizal St., Makati City
City Halls/Municipalities where business is located
In case of foreign nationals to be assigned in subsidiaries, branch offices
and joint ventures, and those assigned in the headquarters with oversight
functions in any of the branch offices, operations or projects in the country,
they may file their application in any of the DOLE Regional Offices nearest
their place of work.
1. Pay the corresponding fees.
2. Claim the AEP card at the DOLE Regional Office within 10 working
days or lodge an appeal addressed to the Secretary of Labor and
Employment if application was denied.
Five (5) to Ten (10) working days (those with publication)
Where to Apply
Department of Labor and Employment
National Capital Region (or Regional Offices if applicable)
DOLE Bldg., Maligaya St.
Tel. No. (632) 525-9487 local 18
4. 9(g) visas are valid for the duration of the AEP or the
employment contract, whichever is shorter.
5. 9(g) visas issued to dependents are co-terminus with the
duration of the visa of the principal.
(b) Treaty Trader V isa
An alien investor is entitled to enter the Philippines as a treaty
trader pursuant to Sec. 9(d) of the Philippine Immigration Act,
only if he is a national of a country with which the Philippines
has concluded a reciprocal agreement for the admission of treaty
traders or investors. At present, only nationals of the United
States, Japan and Germany are entitled to treaty trader visas.
The term “treaty trader” includes a treaty investor or an
alien employed by a treaty investor in a supervisory or executive
capacity. The alien employee must be of the same nationality as
the majority shareholder of the sponsoring firm.
The alien must prove that: he or his employer intends to carry
on “substantial trade” between the Philippines and the country in
which the alien is a national; or he intends to develop and direct
the operations of an enterprise in which he or his employer has
invested, or is in the process of investing, a substantial amount
Under the regulations, “substantial trade” refers to a
non-nationalized business in which an investment of at least
US$120,000.00 has been made. The amount of investment is
merely one of the factors to consider in determining what is
deemed “substantial trade”. An equally important factor is the
volume of business conducted.
Requirements and Procedure
Similar as those for applications for pre-arranged employment
visa. An alien who enters the Philippines on a tourist visa and
intends to engage in a professional or commercial undertaking
not considered purely local employment, may apply for a special
work permit (SWP). SWPs are normally issued, but limited to,
(1) professional athletes competing only for a limited period;
(2) foreign nationals engaged to perform emergency or
exceptional temporary services, but having no contract of prearranged
employment; and (3) artists and other performers;
1. Letter request from the Petitioner Company
2. Photocopy of applicant’s passport with valid visa
3. Affidavit of Support of the petitioner company
4. Certified true copy of contract specifying exact compensation
to be earned.
(c) Special non-immigrant visa under Sec. 47(a)(2) of the Philippine
This visa is issued upon approval of the Secretary of Justice
(formerly the President) on public interest or public policy
Examples of industries invested with public interest are
companies engaged in oil exploration, power generation, and
infrastructure, and those registered with the PEZA and BOI.
Requirements of BOI
1. BOI Application Form
2. Duly Signed undertaking
3. Understudy Information Sheet. Designation of Understudy
and Understudy Training Program
4. Passport with visa (photocopies)
5. Secretary’s Certificate (for elective officers)
6. Affidavit of Support (if dependent(s) is/are joining)
7. Organizational Chart
8. Bio-data of the expatriate
Requirements of the PEZA
1. Company’s Letter of Request to PEZA
2. Photocopy of Passport of Applicant
3. Secretary’s Certificate/Certificate of Employment or Employment
4. Service Contract
5. Bio-data of the Applicant
Requirements of DOJ
1. DOJ application form
2. BOI/PEZA Certificate of Registration, and its terms and
3. Passport (photocopies)
4. Secretary’s Certificate (for elective officers) or Contract of Employment (for non-elective) 5. Original affidavit of support (if dependent(s) is/are joining) 6. Marriage Contract if (spouse) is joining 7. Birth certificate(s) if child(ren) is/are joining Procedure 1. The proposed employer applies with the appropriate government agency (e.g. BOI, PEZA, Department of Agriculture) for authority to employ the alien; 2. The concerned government agency endorses the application to the Department of Justice (DOJ); 3. The DOJ approves the application and endorses the same to the BI for implementation. This visa is generally valid for an initial period of one year and is renewable from year to year. B. Applicable visas under special laws (a) Foreign personnel of off-shore banking unit and regional headquarters or regional operating headquarters Special multiple entry visas may be issued to foreign personnel of offshore banking units of foreign banks duly licensed by the Central Bank of the Philippines to operate as such pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1034. The same visas may be issued to foreign personnel of regional or regional operating headquarters of multinational companies officially recognized by the Philippine Government pursuant to Republic Act No. 8756. The above executives, together with their dependent spouses and/or minor unmarried children under 21 years of age, if any, are exempt fromr alien registration. Requirements For Foreign Personnel of Offshore Banking Units of Foreign Banks 1. Letter request of the foreign bank or OBU 2. General application form duly accomplished and notarized 3. Copy of the passport and visa 4. SEC Certificate of Registration 5. Certified true copy of Certificate of Authority issued to the foreign bank by the Central Bank to operate OBUs 6. Certified true copy of the contract of employment stating exact salary and duration of employment or assignment 7. Certificate under oath by a responsible officer of the foreign bank that: (a) expatriate is an employee of the bank and will work exclusively for the OBU in the Philippines and (b) he will be paid by the foreign bank in the Philippines and the compensation is in foreign currency For Foreign Personnel of Regional Headquarters or Regional Operating Headquarters Of Multinational Companies 1. Original letter-application of petitioner-company 2. General application form duly accomplished and notarized 3. Copy of the passport and visa 4. Certified true copy of the contract of employment stating exact salary and duration of employment and assignment 5. Income Tax Return of applicant and proof of payment 6. SEC Certification of inward remittance of at least US$50,000 or its equivalent during the past year 7. Sworn certification that: – the license to operate remains valid and subsisting – the employee has been paid from date of original admission the amount of at least US$12,000.00 or its equivalent. Processing time for securing visas under these two categories is three (3) days. Where to Apply Bureau of Immigration Intramuros, Manila Tel. No. (632) 527-3248 Website: www.immigration.gov.ph Bureau of Immigration Extension Offices Board of Investments (BOI) G/F Industry and Investments Bldg. 385 Sen Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City Tel. No. (632) 897-5335 Philippine Economic Zone Authority San Luis St. cor. Roxas Blvd., Pasay City Tel. No. (632) 510-2948
(b) Special Subic Working V isa Special multiple entry visas are also given to foreign nationals employed by the Subic Bay Freeport Locators. This visa is co-terminus with the employment contract, and is normally extendible. Where to Apply: Locator Registration & Licensing Department Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Bldg. 225, Dewey Avenue, Subic Bay Freeport Zone Tel. Nos. (6347) 252-4331 / 4669 Fax No. (6347) 252-4399 (c) Special Clark Working Visa Special multiple entry visas are likewise given to foreign nationals employed by the Clark Special Economic Zone Locators. This visa is normally valid for two (2) years and may be periodically renewed. Where to Apply: Marketing Department Clark Development Corporation Bldg 2127, C.P. Garcia St. cor. E. Quirino St., Clarkfield, Pampanga Tel. No. (6345) 599-4652 Fax No. (6345) 599-2642 (d) CEZA Working Visa The CWV is a temporary working and residency visa issued by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority through Bureau of Immigration of the Republic of the Philippines . It is a Multiple Entry Privilege into the country without the necessity of obtaining appropriate Alien Certificates of Registration, Re-Entry Visa, Special Return Certificate (SRC), Emmigration Clearance Certificate (ECC). This is also valid for entry in all Philippine Ports of Entry. The CWV shall be valid for two (2) years for the new and firsttime renewal and one (1) year for the succeeding renewals. Where to Apply: One Stop Action Center (OSAC) CEZA Administration Building Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan Tel. No. (6378) 858-1023
C. Investor ’s Visa c.1 Special Investor’s Resident Visa The Special Investor Resident Visa (SIRV) entitles the holder to indefinitely stay in the Philippines, with multiple entry privileges, so long as his investments subsist. The SIRV is issued by the Bureau of Immigration upon indorsement of the Board of Investments pursuant to Book V of Executive Order No. 226. The SIRV program requires investors to remit at least US$75,000 into the country and invest subject capital in viable economic activities. The SIRV holder can bring with him, without any additional deposit, his spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old, if any. If dependents are joining the applicant, originals or certified copies (duly authenticated) of their Marriage and/or Birth Certificates or Household Register shall be presented. Allowable Forms Of Investment For purposes of securing the SIRV, the proposed investor must invest in any of the following: (1) Publicly-listed corporations; (2) Companies engaged in areas listed in the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP); and/or (3) Companies engaged in the manufacturing and service sectors Requirements 1. Application form duly accomplished and notarized; 2. Police Clearance from applicant’s country of origin and/or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, indicating that the applicant has not been convicted by final judgment of a crime involving moral turpitude; 3. The National Intelligence Coordination Agency (NICA). Said clearances shall be valid within six (6) months from the date of filing of the application. Any derogatory record may be the basis for the revocation of the SIRV. 4. Certification under oath from duly authorized officer(s) of any accredited depository bank in the Philippines as to the amount of foreign exchange inwardly remitted by the applicant and its conversion to pesos through the said bank, in the prescribed form. Should the inward remittance be sent through non-accredited correspondent banks, the total amount of remitted money should be immediately transferred to the accredited banks; 5. Per regulations, the BOI has so far accredited only the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines;
6. All inward remittances shall be made within one (1) year from
date of filing of the application.
7. Certified true copy of the certificate of peso time deposit with a
maturity period at least 30 days;
8. The original copy of certificate of time deposit shall remain with
the depository bank for safekeeping;
9. Marriage Contract, Birth Certificate(s), and or Family Register
(duly authenticated) of the dependents, if any.
Procedure For Application Filed With Philippine Embassy/Consulate
1. Applicant submits application form and other documents to
2. Embassy/Consulate endorses application/documents to the Board
of Investments (BOI) for evaluation
3. BOI reviews documents. If complete, the documents are
re-endorsed to the Philippine Embassy/Consulate concerned
through the DFA consular office for issuance of a probationary,
multiple entry visa, valid for six (6) months.
Procedure For Application Filed With The Board Of Investments
1. Applicant submits application form and other documents including
the original passport to the Board of Investments.
2. BOI evaluates submitted documents
3. If complete, BOI endorses application/documents to the Bureau
of Immigration for the grant of a provisional, multiple entry visa
valid for six (6) months
4. Amendment of visa (from provisional to indefinite) shall be made
upon submission of proof that the inward remittance have been
Fourteen (14) working days
Where to Apply
Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) Center
Board of Investments
2/F Industry and Investments Bldg.
385 Sen Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Tel. No. (632) 890-9336 local 234
c.2 Special Investor Resident Visa for investors in tourist–related
projects and tourist establishments
A variation of the SIRV discussed above is the visa issued to
investors in tourist-related projects and tourist establishments
pursuant to Executive Order No. 63.
A foreigner who invests at least US$50,000.00 in a qualified
tourist–related project or tourism establishment as determined by
the Department of Tourism (DOT) shall be entitled to an SIRV.
Where to Apply:
Office of Tourism Standards
Department of Tourism
T.M. Kalaw, Manila
Tel. Nos. (632) 525-7980 / 536-1128
c.3 Special Subic Investor’s V isa
Any investor who has made, and continues to maintain an investment
of not less than US$250,000.00 within the Subic Bay Freeport
(SBF) may reside in the Philippines under this visa for as long as his
Where to Apply :
Locator Registration & Licensing Department
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
Bldg. 225, Dewey Avenue, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Tel. Nos. (6347) 252-4331 / 4669
Fax No. (6347) 252-4399
c.4 Special Clark Investor’s Visa
Any investor who has made, and continues to maintain an
investment of not less than US$250,000.00 within the Clark Special
Economic Zone may apply for the said visa which remains valid as
long as the investment subsists.
Where to Apply:
Customer Service Department
Clark Development Corporation
Bldg 2127, C.P. Garcia St. cor. E. Quirino St.,
Tel. No. (6345) 599-4652
Fax No. (6345) 599-2642
c.5 Special Resident Retiree’s Visa The SRRV is a visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration upon indorsement of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) pursuant to Executive Order No. 1934. It entitles the holder to multiple-entry privileges with the right to reside permanently in the Philippines as long as his dollar deposit subsists. The SRRV may likewise issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the Philippine Embassy/Consulate but the same is only for single entry. The holder must enter the Philippines within one (1) year from the date of the issuance of visa and go to the PRA office to comply with other requirements and pay the required fees. Upon the submission of the documentary requirements, the Authority endorses to the Bureau of Immigration the conversion of the single entry SRRV to multiple indefinite-entry visa. All foreign nationals aged 50 years and older are required to make a dollar deposit (or equivalent) of at least US$20,000.00. Those aged 35 to 49 years old are required to deposit least US$50,000.00. Retirees 50 years and older with pension are required to deposit at least US$10,000.00; while certain categories (former Filipinos, employees of international organizations like the United Nations, its affiliate agencies, or the Asian Development Bank, for instance; and former members of the foreign diplomatic corps who have served in the country) are required to deposit at least US$1,500.00. A resident retiree my include as dependent(s) his spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old, provided that he makes an additional dollar deposit of USD15,000.00 for each dependent in EXCESS of two. Additional deposits shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as the principal deposit. The additional dollar deposit requirement does not apply to former Filipinos. Requirements 1. PRA application form 2. Valid passport, including photocopy showing passport details and current visa 3. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Medical Examination Form #11 accomplished by a licensed physician abroad duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate or PRA Medical Certificate (RRSC Form A #002) accomplished by a licensed physician in the Philippines. This applies to all members of the family if joining the Program. 4. Certification by the accredited bank of the inward remittance of the dollar deposit. 5. Police Clearance (duly authenticated) from the country of origin and/or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance 6. Marriage Contract, Birth Certificate(s), and/or Family Register (duly authenticated if issued abroad) Procedure The SRRV may be secured: 1. Through the Bureau of Immigration (BI) via the change of admission status in which case the applicant must come to Manila for the processing of visa. Upon arrival in Manila and upon completion of all documentary requirements and payment of the fees, the Authority shall have the SRRV stamped in his passport within five (5) working days. 2. Through the Philippine Embassies/Consular Offices, all documentary requirements shall be transmitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines which will in turn transmit the same to the PRA. The latter shall evaluate said documents and returns the same to the DFA which in turn authorizes the Philippine Embassy/Consulate to issue a single entry SRRV to the applicant. The latter must enter the country within one (1) year from date of issuance of visa. Upon arrival in Manila, PRA shall recommend to BI the conversion of single-entry SRRV to indefinite, multiple–entry stay. Processing Time Five (5) to Seven (7) working days Where to Apply Philippine Leisure and Retirement Authority 29/F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas Makati City, 1200 Philippines Tel. Nos. (632) 848-1412 to 20 Fax No. (632) 848-1411 Website: www.pra-visa.com
• Photocopy of the DTI Certificate of Registration of Business Name
• Photocopy of the Mayor’s Permit/PTR issued by LGU
• Photocoy of the Birth certificate, Marriage Contract (if applicable)
• Waiver of husband to claim additional exemption (if applicable)
• Sketch of Business Address
• Photocopy of the Leased Contract (if applicable)
c. Corporation/Gen. Partnership
• BIR Form1903 (Application Form)
• BIR Form 0605 (payment for Registration Fee)
• BIR Form 2000 (payment of Documentary Stamps)
• Photocopy of SEC Registration & Articles of Incorporation/Articles
• Photocopy of the DTI Registration of business trade name (if applicable)
• Photocopy of the Mayor’s Permit or License to do business in the
Philippines, in case of resident foreign corporation
• Photocopy of the Franchise agreement (if applicable)
• Certificate of Authority, if BMBE registered entity
• Sketch of Business Address
• Leased Contract (if applicable)
• Accomplish Application and attach all the requirements
• Application must be certified by the employer and file with the nearest
Revenue District Office where the principal place of business is located.
• Claim TIN within three (3) to five (5) minutes, provided that all the
necessary requirements are submitted.
b. Individual-Single Proprietor/Professional Corporation/Gen. Partnership
• Accomplish Application and attach all the requirements
• File with the Revenue District Office where the principal place of business
• Claim TIN within three (3) to five (5) minutes and pay registration fee of
P500.00 with the Authorized Agent Bank (AAB)
• Submit photocopy of BIR Form 0605 and claim your Certificate of
Registration (COR-BIR Form 2303)
Three (3) to five (5) minutes for Individual/Corporation, provided that all
necessary requirements have been submitted.
Where to Apply
To the nearest Revenue District Office where the principal place of business
* 2. Obtain lot plan with site map from the geodetic engineer (3 days**) – PHP 1,250***
* 3. Obtain barangay clearance (1 day**) – PHP 500***
4. Apply for the locational clearance at the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) (1 day**) – no charge***
5. Receive inspection for the locational clearance from the CPDO (1 day**) – no charge***
6. Obtain the locational clearance from the CPDO (5 days**) – PHP 1,996***
* 7 Apply and obtain fire safety evaluation clearance (FSEC) from the local Fire Marshall at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) (7 days**) – PHP 11,055***
8 Apply and obtain the building permit and ancillary permits at the Office of the Building Official (OBO) (21 days**) – PHP 43,043***
9 Receive inspection from the BFP during construction (1 day**) – no charge***
10 Apply for the fire safety inspection certificate (FSIC) at the BFP (1 day**) – PHP 4,304***
11 Receive final inspection for the FSIC from the BFP (1 day**) – no charge***
12 Obtain the FSIC from the BFP (5 days**) – no charge***
* 13 Apply for the certificate of final electrical inspection (CFEI) at the OBO (1 day**) – no charge***
14 Receive final inspection for the CFEI from the OBO (1 day**) – no charge***
15 Obtain the CFEI from the OBO (3 days**) – no charge***
16 Apply for the certificate of occupancy at the OBO (1 day**) – no charge***
17 Receive final inspection for the certificate of occupancy from the OBO (1 day**) – no charge***
18 Obtain the certificate of occupancy from the OBO (18 days**) – PHP 17,688***
19 Apply for water and sewage connection (1 day**) – no charge***
20 Receive inspection for water and sewage connection (1 day**) – no charge***
21 Obtain water and sewage connection (21 days**) – PHP 6,855***
* 22 Apply for the tax declaration of improvement at the City Assessor’s Office (CAO) (1 day**) – no charge***
23 Receive inspection from the appraiser of CAO (1 day**) – no charge***
24 Obtain the tax declaration of improvement from the CAO (3 days**) – no charge***
2 Receive site visit from MERALCO and await estimate (14 calendar days**) – PHP 0***
* 3 Request and receive Certificate of Electrical Inspection (CEI) from Quezon City (7 calendar days**) – PHP 7,500***
4 Submit Certificate of Inspection to MERALCO and MERALCO completes installation of overhead distribution facilities and meter, and electricity starts flowing (25 calendar days**) – PHP 120,004.24***
2 Prepare the notarized deed of sale and related documents (1 day**) – 1 – 2% property value for notarization***
3 Obtain tax clearance certificate of real property taxes from the Land Tax Division of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) (2 days (simultaneous with procedure 2)**) – PHP 115 (PHP 50 for tax clearance for land and for real estate plus PHP 15 for documentary stamp tax)***
* 4 Obtain certified true copy of latest tax declaration and certificate of “with improvement” from the City Assessor’s Office (CAO) (1 day (simultaneous with procedure 3)**) – PHP 250 (PHP 50 per RPU (land(1RPU), Building (1RPU)) + PHP 90 for certificate of “with improvement” + PHP 60 (PHP 20 documentary stamp tax per RPU/document)***
5 Pay documentary stamp tax and final capital gains tax for the transfer of real property (1 day**) – 1.5% of property value (Documentary Stamp Tax)***
6 Obtain Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) (14 days**) – PHP 115 (PHP 100 certification fee + PHP 15 documentary tax)***
7 Pay the transfer tax at the CTO (1 day**) – 0.75% of property price (transfer tax) + PHP 125 (certificate of payment)***
8 Apply for registration with the Register of Deeds (10 days**) – Registration fee consisting of PHP 8,796 for first PHP 1.700,000 + PHP 90 for every PHP 20,000 or fraction thereof in excess of PHP 1.700,000 + PHP 199.56 legal research fee (1% of the registration fee) + PHP 30 judicial form fee + PHP 3,104.37 IT fee ***
9 Obtain new tax declaration over the building and the land in the name of buyer from CAO (2 days**) – no cost***