Quezon City implements new process for permit application, license renewal

Robie de Guzman

A new process for the submission of applications for building permits and business licenses will be implemented in preparation for the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Quezon City government announced.

In a statement, the city government said that starting Monday, June 1, applicants who wish to secure or renew their business permits are advised to download and fill out the Unified Business Permit Application form.

The accomplished form should be submitted to the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Division through email at BPLD@quezoncity.gov.ph for evaluation.

“After making a submission online, applicants will be sent an acknowledgment and their status of application,” the city government said.

Likewise, applicants are advised to use bank payment via Landbank to avoid queuing in QC Hall. Copy of deposit slip for business tax payments is to be sent via email to CTO@quezoncity.gov.ph.

Margarita Santos, head of BPLD, said  their office has set up an e-Response team dedicated to monitor and respond to incoming applications.

She added that the issuance of permits and licenses may take one to three days from submission of application.

Once the permit has been issued, the applicant may choose to get said permit either via pick-up or delivery via courier service of choice, at cost to the receiver.

“We will be strict with our policy that no walk-in applicants will be accepted. For those who prefer to personally submit their application, they will still have to schedule an appointment with us and wait for the appointment confirmation email,” Santos said.

Appointment may be scheduled via https://qcbpldbusinesspermitapplication.setmore.com.

According to City Mayor Joy Belmonte, this move will limit face to face interactions between citizens and city hall employees, especially that social distancing is strictly advised during this time.

“It is high time that we harness the benefits that technology can offer and implement creative approaches to ensure everyone’s safety,” Belmonte said.

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