Mayor’s Permit no longer needed for biz registration, says BIR

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BUSINESS owners will no longer need to present a mayor’s permit if they are applying for business registration.

This after the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular 57-2020, updating its requirements for business registration.

Caesar Dulay, Internal Revenue commissioner, who issued the circular, said the updated policy does not require the Mayor’s Permit.

“The requirements for registering a new business with the Bureau have been streamlined by removing the Mayor’s Permit as one of the mandatory requirements when the BIR Citizen’s Charter 2019 was published on the BIR website,” the memo said.


Rey Calooy, president of the Filipino-Cebuano Business Club (FilCeb), welcomed the development, saying it will hasten their BIR registration.

Filceb is composed mostly of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

“We, MSMEs, are happy with the BIR’s decision to make the Mayor’s Permit not an integral part in registering businesses since it’s one of the reasons that delay us. We had to wait for the business papers from the local government unit that take long to process because of the mounting of requirements before we can finish the first step,” Calooy said.

Based on their experience, Calooy said, if they go through the natural process, it would take at least three months before their papers reach the BIR.


For an individual to register their business under sole proprietorship, they should fill out BIR Form 1901.

They should also submit photocopies of the required documents such as Certificate of Registration from the Department of Trade and Industry, Certificate of Authority, for Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) registered entity; Contract of Lease, if one has a rented space; proof of ownership or Certificate of Land Title, if one owns the land; original copy of birth certificate, and original copy of marriage certificate, if one already has a spouse. (JOB)

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