Guide to Registering your Business


Step 1 – Business Entity Registration

  • If Sole Proprietorship:
    • Register with the Department of Trade and
      Industry (DTI)
  • If Partnership / Corporation:
    • • Register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • If Cooperative:
    • Register with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)

Step 2 – Business Permit

  • Apply for a business permit and license from the City/Municipality where the business is to be located.
  • Get sector-specific clearances:
    • For Example:
      Travel agency – Department of Tourism (DOT)
      Food and cosmetics – Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)
      Pawnshop – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
      Learning centers – Department of Education (DepEd)
      Woodcrafts/furniture – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Step 3 Register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District Office where the business is to be located for Authority to Print Invoice and Book of Journal

Step 4 – Other Registration Requirements

  • Register your business with the following offices to comply with existing regulations:
    • – Social Security System (SSS)
      – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
      – PhilHealth
      – PAG – IBIG
      – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

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  1. Can we put an add on food product like pizza under same food and beverage company serving sushi?

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