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The types of licenses that construction companies and contractors need vary by location, but most projects will at least require a building permit. Construction and contractor licenses and permits show prospective clients that your company is qualified to handle the job and in compliance with local building regulations, and they can keep you from getting fines that impact your bottom line. Construction companies and building contractors are usually required to obtain building permits from local authorities before beginning new projects, and in some instances, they may also need to be licensed. 




Building Permit Requirements in the Philippines:

  1. Properly filled-up application forms duly signed and sealed by engineers concerned:

    • Building Permit Forms (5 copies)

    • Electrical Permit Forms (3 copies)

    • Sanitary Permit Forms (3 copies)

  2. Five (5) complete sets of Detailed Plans

  3. For construction of two-storey building:

    • Structural Design Analysis – signed and sealed by Civil Engineer at every page

  4. For construction of more than two-storey building:

    • Boring and Plate Load Test

    • Seismic Analysis

  5. Proof of Property

  6. Photocopy of Transfer Certificate if Title (TCT)

  7. Photocopy of tax Declaration of Property-lot (Certified True Copy) – 5 copies

  8. Photocopy of Current Tax Receipt (5 copies)

  9. If property is not registered under the name of the applicant:

    • Submit 5 copies of any of the following:

    • Contract of Lease

    • Contract of Sale

    • Affidavit of Consent of the Lot Owner for the construction of building/house

    • Deed of Absolute Sale

  10. Permit Billboard (0.60 X 0.90 Plywood with the following contents):

  11. Bill of Materials and Specification (5 copies) – signed and sealed by an engineer or an architect at every page

  12. Locational Clearance

  13. Photocopy of PTR # and PRC license of all concerned engineers and architects

  14. Clearance from the DPWH if the construction is located along National Highway

  15. DOLE Clearance


  1. Duly accomplished Certificate of Completion, signed by owner / applicant, signed and sealed by respective architect / engineers, Forms are available at the Office of the Building Official.

  2. Photocopy of all Approved Permit Application Forms (Back & Front)

  3. Copy of Approved Construction Plans / Blueprints

  4. As-built Construction Plans (A3 Size), duly signed by owner / applicant, duly signed / sealed  by respective professionals

  5. Photocopy of updated PTR / PRC and Accredited Professional Organization ID

  6. Photocopy of valid ID of owner (Preferably Government Issued ID)

  7. Notarized Authorization Letter to transact in behalf of the owner

  8. Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) from Alabang Fire Department

  9. Photocopy of Construction Business Permit (Contractor’s Tax) or Certification for  Completion (For Non-Contractor) from BPLO

  10. Logbook with Daily Construction Works / Activities

How to Get a Building Permit in the Philippines (Step-by-step Procedure)



Step 1: Get the Requirements-Checklist and Application Forms from the Office of the Building Official

The first step is gathering the complete checklist of documents you need to submit to process your building permit application. Your architect mostly knows them, but you need to get the application forms from your local municipal’s office because every document must have the official seal of your municipal’s office.

Then, your architect and engineers will be the ones who will fill out the information on each application form. They know every technical detail of the construction plan.

Step 2: Go to the Office of the Building Official and Submit your Documents

The officers will now check every form you have submitted. They will arrange the documents per set, per folder. Then, they will tell you where to go next, in this case, the Assessor’s Office.

If you’re in the city hall, they usually have windows where you have to submit each folder of each set of forms. If you’re in the province, each cubicle is generally next to each other if not in the same department.

Step 3: The Assessor’s Office will issue your Acknowledgement Slip

Go to the Office of the Municipal Assessor. They will issue your Acknowledgement Slip. It bears the date of the status of your building permit application. The result of the approval of the application is usually around 10 working days.

Step 4: Wait for the Approval of your Building Permit Application

Wait for 10 business days for the result and approval of your application. Once approved and in compliance with the National Building Code, they will print out an Order of Payment for your application for a building permit.

Step 5: Present the Order of Payment at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office and Pay the Fees

The fees for the building permit range from P6,000 and above depending on your construction size, municipality location, and assessment plan. The costs of building permits in the provinces are usually cheaper than in the cities.

Step 6: Submit a Copy of your Official Receipt to the Office of the Building Official

Photocopy your Official Receipt and provide an extra copy to the Office of the Building Official’s Releasing Section. This is where you will get your building permit.

Step 7: Claim your Building Permit at the Releasing Section of the Office of the Building Official

After 5 business days, the Office of the Building Official will grant your building permit. You can now tell your architect or structural engineer about it so you can proceed with your house construction.

Other helpful guides:

Types of Building Permit

  • Residential building permit

  • Commercial building permit

  • Revision building permit

  • Demolition building permit

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