What is Building Permit?

Building permits are a formal permission for the construction, demolition or alteration of a home or a building, and acquiring them can be a complicated process.

Why should we get a building permit?

Permits must be acquired before you begin renovating. Building permits are approved by municipalities and are considered an official permission for the construction, demolition or modification of a building. Each municipality has its own set of regulations but most major renovations, such as those where structural walls or plumbing components are altered, require building permits. Getting a building permit is a intricate process. It can take several weeks or even months to acquire and if it seems overwhelming, the best thing to do is to contact a professional renovator who has familiarity with permit applications.


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)
  1. Five (5) complete sets of Detailed Plans
  2. For construction of two-storey building:
  • Structural Design Analysis – signed and sealed by Civil Engineer at every page
  1. For construction of more than two-storey building:
  • Boring and Plate Load Test
  • Seismic Analysis
  1. Proof of Property
  • Photocopy of Transfer Certificate if Title (TCT)
  • Photocopy of tax Declaration of Property-lot (Certified True Copy) – 5 copies
  • Photocopy of Current Tax Receipt (5 copies)
  1. 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
  1. Permit Billboard (0.60 X 0.90 Plywood with the following contents):
  2. Bill of Materials and Specification (5 copies) – signed and sealed by an engineer or an architect at every page
  3. Locational Clearance
  4. Photocopy of PTR # and PRC license of all concerned engineers and architects
  5. Clearance from the DPWH if the construction is located along National Highway
  6. DOLE Clearance

Those are the usual application forms you need gather and prepare.


How to get Building Permit in the Philippines – Procedures

1. Get a Requirements- Checklist and application forms from municipal’s office (Office of the Building Official).

2. Submit the forms to the Office of the Building Official.

3. Present the Order of Payment at the Treasurer’s Office and pay the fees.

5. Present a photocopy of the Official Receipt (OR) or the OR itself to the Office of the Building Official releasing section.

6. After 5 business days, go back to the releasing section of the Office of the Building Official and claim the building permit.



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