Business in Davao is quite booming these days. A lot of investors are coming and exploring great opportunities in Davao. Through the support of local government like Negosyo Center, there are a lot of SME encourages to venture into business and decided to take full responsibility of their time and effort.

Securing a Business Permit is important before starting your own business in the city.

I will be sharing with you the steps on how to open/process business in Davao City.

Step 1. Register your Business Name. You can do the registration at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). They already have online registration now. Here’s the link:

After finalizing your business name registration, you need to print the acknowledgement and proceed to DTI Building for the payment. The office is located at Mintrade Bldg., Monteverde Avenue Cor. Sales Street, Davao City.

DTI Registration payment are as follows: Barangay – P 200, City/Municipality – P 500, Regional – P1,000 and National – P 2,000.

If you don’t want the online registration, you can also register directly to the DTI.

Step 2. After getting your DTI Registration. Comply all the requirements in getting a Mayor’s Business permit.

For New Application Requirements

  1. New Application Form (Get this at Business Bureau , notarized after completing the details)how-to-apply-for-a-business-permit-in-davao-business-bureau
  2. Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
  3. Barangay Clearance – (Get a Barangay Clearance under the Barangay area of your business address)
  4. SPA (if the registration will be process by other people rather than you)
  5. Valid ID’s (Applicant and SPA)
  6. List of Employees (Certification of the list of employees with Notarized)
  7. Sketch of business address
  8. Lease Contract or Agreement or Consent or Cert. with tax Declaration, if any
  9. Solid Waste Certificate (CENRO) – (Must attend a seminar for 1 hour at CENRO Peoples Park)
  10. Photocopy of DTI Registration Form
  11. SEC. Reg.Cert. with Articles of Inc, and By-Laws/Franchise Agreement, etc. (if applicable)

At the back of the New Application Form, there are certain departments that you need to visit for clearances.

  1. City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)
  2. Office of the City Building Official (CEO/OCBO)
  3. City Health Office (CHO)
  4. City Planning and Development Office (CPDO)
  5. City Treasurer’s Office (CTO)
  6. Bureau of Fire Protection

If you already comply the steps & requirements above, proceed to Business Bureau, You will be given a date to claim your paper. Usually 3 days processing.

After getting back your paper, proceed to the Office of the City Treasurer for the computation of payments and pay.


After paying, go to BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION, they have desk office inside the premises to assist your concern. The officer of Bureau of Fire will get your New Application Form and you will be given another 3 days before claiming it back. They are going to check your actual business location.

After claiming your papers from the Bureau of Fire Protection, submit it to BUSINESS BUREAU. You will be given another date to claim you Business Plate and Permits.

You also need to register your book of accounts within 15 working days from time of filing the application to avoid P 5,000 pesos penalty (Sec.404. Article 2, Ordinance No. 158-05 series of 2005.

Once you claim your permits and business plates, immediately process you Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) registration to avoid penalties.


Note: Steps or per department process might change without notice, so you can always check updated information at Business Bureau.

You Might also like:

–> BIR Payments when Renting an Office or Commercial Space

Wanted to renew your business permit in Davao? Click below link:

–> Business permit renewal in Davao

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35 Responses to How to apply for a BUSINESS PERMIT in Davao

  1. Mey says:

    Thank you! This helped a lot πŸ™‚

  2. Merinisa V. Daniels says:

    Your information is a big help please update and share everything that you know. More Power!

  3. Jahir says:

    I asked someone from Davao on my behalf to get a business permit and it took her forever to get my permit.until now wala you have anyone to recommend who process?

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hi, madali lang mag process if complete necessary requirements. Pero may instances lang talaga na need pa bumalik in each different department.

      Sorry pero wala ako direct na ma recommend na pwede mag process in behalf sayo.

  4. Kristine says:

    Good Day Ma’am, magkano po ang bayad sa pagkuha ng Mayor’s Permit? hindi po kasi nakalagay kung magkano?

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello Ma’am, ang computation doon po sa Business Bureau.. iba iba kasi ang payment depende sa capitalization nyo… Sila po mismo ang mag compute.

      • Ulyyse says:

        Hi maam for example 1M ang capital ko. Magkano ba ang bayaran ko sa bussiness beureua

        • Mommy Zel says:

          Hello, wala akong details for exact computation ng business permits pero need makita ng business bureau ang papers mo para ma assess nila… I would suggest visit ka nalang doon…

  5. Michael Tabares says:

    How will u get the business permit if you want only to franchise a food cart? Example of location is NCCC mall.
    Thank u….

  6. mike says:

    how much is the mayors permit?? for two days product display.. need feedback asap.. tnx

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello, Sorry sa late response… Hopefully solve na ang probs mo as of this moment sa permit but if wala pa, you can visit the city hall of davao in business bureau dept located in San Pedro St. Davao…or you may call (082) 2250374 – permits and licensing division

  7. jhon says:

    mam.. ok lang ba na mayors permit lang ako.. hindi na ako mag proceed sa b.i.r? ksi small business lang naman ako…

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello po, sa pagkakaalam ko po once magkuha kayo ng Mayor’s Permit next po noon ay sa BIR naman for the registration and receipts.

      • marilyn cortel apolinares says:

        goodmorning mam..halimbawa po kung bakeshop po tapos bago lang kasi nag operate.pwede po ba barangay permit muna bago mag business permit?

  8. Jacob says:

    Ma’am Good day po, Im planning to open a little restaurant and the plan po is middle of November and pa end na po ang year. Pa advise po ako kung ano dapat gawin.Kung do I need to go through all of these steps or just to wait na lang mag January. Thank you po

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello Sir, if mag apply kayo to make your business legal, you can go through all this process. However pag ka January you will do it again… Nasa stage po kayo na medyo malapit na mag renew ng business…

      To lessen muna ang gastos, depende sa capitalization nyo pero kung less than 50k capitalization yan, you can start muna with Barangay permit. You can inquire about this at your nearest barangay hall.

  9. anna says:

    hi, if we just want to open an office in davao (manila-based business), so BIR reg and books are all in Manila, how do we go about opening an office in davao? and how much would it be to start? we need estimate for budget. thanks!

  10. R says:

    Salamat sa post. very helpful po.

    ma’am kailangan po ba talaga ang office para sa permit? what if online lang po

  11. cynthia says:

    Good afternoon po. Last time ng.renew ako ng business permit at ng.declare ako ng 3 employees pero ngayon mg.rerenew sana ako ulit. kumuha ako ng certification na wala nang employees kasi ng resign na .. hndi tinanggap ng ng.evaluate kc imposible daw .. anong dapat gawin?

  12. Maika says:

    Good day Ma’am,

    Pwede ba ko magpahimo nalang sa attorney na naga notarize ug certification of list employee?

  13. I have a business located in Quezon city I want to sell my rpoducts in Davao trading lang mga medalya at tuwing graduation lang ako magbebenta.

    How can I do business in Davao

  14. boss_aboitiz says:

    hi po pla kha magasto tanan magkuha og bussnes permit …naa ko 7 ka piso net naa nag ingon kuhaan daw og permit pero ila pangayo 3 k sa ila labor unya more or lwss 10 k daw sa permit
    sla na mag prcces …..ty mahal raba or dli nalngko mag permit

  15. Zel says:

    Hi the same process lng po ba if catering business? Maliit lang sya na catering business

  16. Jane LIm says:

    Hi ma’am ask lng po mag apply sana ako b-permit sa store. Pano po gagawin ko isa akong OFW. Sister Ko po ang mag aasikaso. Please help Ano po Dapat Gawin.

  17. Blessy says:

    Halo po Ma’am, nabasa ko po sa isang ng comment dito regarding sa halimbawa November mag kuha ng permit.. The next year, new processed again or just renewal lang. Am planning po kc to put up a small karenderya, pwd po ba sa brgy muna kuha ng permit since new palang at not more than 50k namn po? Tnx po sobra sa sagot.. Looking forward hearing from you . God bless.

  18. Ro J says:

    Hi!Your blog is such a great help. I was wondering if you have a sample template of your SPA (special power of attorney)? Ive been searching in the internet but I cant find any appropriate sample. I would appreciate it so much if you can share it.

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello, sorry I don’t have a copy of the SPA format now… But there are a lot of law offices nearby City Hall that can help you make your SPA…

  19. Carmela Remulta says:

    Hi! Tanong ko lang po isa lang po ba na business permit ang gamitin kahit iba’t ibang place sa davao ang venue ng aking mga business.

  20. Fegade says:

    Maam pag business resto bar na maliit lng . Same.lng ba ang payment sa malaki na bar o depende?

  21. Ulysse says:

    Good day po, Approxiamate lng po maam , makgkano ba ang bayad sa business permit sa capital na 1 M

    • Mommy Zel says:

      Hello, wala akong exact details ng computation. Need i assist yang papers mo ng Business Bureau para ma compute nila, much better if maka visit ka doon.