Business Permits & Licensing Office Profile

Profile

Mission
To efficiently serve the people applying for permits and assist the City Government in generating income effectively.

Vision
Providing total quality service in a professional manner and business-friendly environment to people seeking permits.

Goals
Increase business tax collection through a business-friendly environment.

 

Business Permits and Licencing System

City Health Office (CHO)

The CHO issues Sanitary Permits for business establishments. Applicants for new business permits are issued a Sanitary Permit after their compliance with the provisions of the Sanitation Code within 10 days after the issuance of the business permit. The BPLO delivers the Sanitary Permit issued by the CHO. A health certificate from the CHO is a prerequisite requirement for the issuance of the Sanitary Permit.

In the case of the business permit renewal, applicants are immediately issued their sanitary permits.

Establishments Requiring Health Certificates

  1. All Food Establishments – Yellow Health Certificates Required
  2. Public Places ( Laundry shops, Funeral Homes, Tonsorial and Beauty Establishments, Public Swimming Pools or Bathing Places, Massage Clinics and Sauna Baths, Rest Areas, Bus Terminals, Service Stations, Camps and Picnic Grounds, Schools, Dancing Schools, Dance Halls, Night Clubs, Motel and Lodging Houses, Non-Food Establishments inside malls) – Green Health Certificates Required.

Office of the City Veterinarian & Agricultural Services (OCVAS)

The OCVAS issues the veterinary Clearance and Certification (VCC) for required business establishments. Business establishments applying for renewal of business permits are approved by the BPLO depending on their compliance to the inspections conducted by the OCVAS.

City Treasurer’s Office (CTO)

The CTO collects the computed business tax according to the line of business being registered or renewed. Upon notification of the closure of a business enterprise, the CTO updates its database to record the closure.

Requirements of the CTO are:

  • Capitalization of New Business Applications
  • Income tax return/s to assess gross receipts for Renewal of Business Permits through any of the following documents:
    • Monthly Percentage Tax Returns (12 months)
    • Quarterly Tax Returns (4 quarters)
    • Annual Income Tax Return
  • Certification of gross receipts (only for businesses that have main offices located elsewhere)

If a business will cease its operations, it should submit its sworn statement of its gross sales or receipts for the current year to the CTO. (Batangas City Revenue Code, Chapter 2, Section 19)

Why do Business Establishments Need to Secure and Renew a Business Permit?

All business establishments operating within the jurisdiction of Batangas City are required to secure a Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit before starting the operation. For renewals, permits should be renewed from January 1 to 31, every year. Otherwise, the City Treasurer shall impose penalties after the period.(Batangas City Revenue Code of 2009; Chapter 2, Sections 5 to 6).

Who administers the Processing of the Business Permit?

The Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) is the lead city office that issues business permits and licenses. It is under the City Mayor’s Office (CMO).

What are the simplified steps in Doing business in Batangas City?

 

Applicants only need to undergo two steps:

  1. Filing and assessment (No more Application form required)
  2. Pay & Claim

What does an Applicant go through in securing or renewing a business permit?

  1. Applicant proceeds to the receiving counter to submit requirements for assessment.
  2. Applicant proceeds to the cashier to pay for the computed fees, and claim the business permit and license.

Where does the applicant register or renew his/her business permit license?

The city government established it Business One-Sto-Shop (BOSS) on January 2013 to provide a more business-friendly facility for business registration all throughout the year. It is managed by the BPLO.

What are the requirements to register a business?

Applicants need not to bring so many documents. After complying with the prerequisite requirements of concerned city departments/ offices and national government agencies, an applicant only needs:

NEW BUSINESS APPLICATION :

  1. Contract of Lease (if Lessee)
  2. Market Clearance (Market Stall Holders)
  3. Special Power of Attorney (if the applicant is not connected to owner of the business)
  4. Authorization Letter (if applicant is an employee of the business establishment)

RENWAL OF BUSINESS PERMIT

  1. Barangay Clearance / Market Clearance (Market Stall Holders)
  2. Income Tax Return/s
  3. Original Health Clearances of applicable establishments
  4. Special Power of Attorney (if the applicant is not connected to owner of the business)
  5. Authorization Letter (if applicant is an employee of the business establishment)

What do need to understand about the Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS)?

The BPLS being a system involves various processes of city departments and offices, and national government agencies in processing business permits. This City Departments and Offices involved in the BPLS are:

City Engineer’s Office (CEO)

A business permit is used by the BPLO provided that the new applicant secured an Occupancy Permit from the City Engineer’s Office.

An Occupancy permit in the context of business permitting and licensing, certifies that the place of business is ready for operation and is allowed at the specified location. It also certifies that the place of business adheres to all regulations (both national and local).

The prerequisite requirements of the CEO are the Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Zoning Compliance from the Zoning Division of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and Certificate of Environmental Compliance from the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO).

Office of the City Market Administrator (OCMA)

Only Market Stall Holders are required to secure the Market Clearance. Applicants for new business permits are required to submit a Market Clearance to the BPLO. A prerequisite for the Market Clearance is the Occupancy Permit of the OCMA, which requires a Barangay Clearance.

To be able to renew the business permit, market stall holders should have settled their account with the OCMA.

City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)

All business establishments are required to secure a City Environment Permit to Operate (CEPO) from the CENRO. A prerequisite requirement for the CEPO is the City Environmental Certificate (CEC), which spells out provisions on how to comply with the City Government and National Government Agency Environmental Requirements.