Building & Occupancy 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.

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 an 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.


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)

Five (5) complete sets of Detailed Plans
For construction of two-storey building

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

For construction of more than two-storey building

Boring and Plate Load Test, Seismic Analysis

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)

If Property is not registered under the Name of the Applicant

Submit 5 copies of Contract of Lease or Submit 5 copies of Contract of Sale or Submit 5 copies of Affidavit of Consent of the Lot Owner for the construction of building/house Deed of Absolute Sale

Permit Billboard

0.60 X 0.90 Plywood with the following contents

Bill of Materials &Specification

5 copies – signed and sealed by an engineer or an architect at every page

Locational Clearance
PTR # and PRC License

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

DPWH Clearance

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

DOLE Clearance

Frequently Asked Questions

A Building and Occupancy Permit is a legal document issued by the local government unit (LGU) that certifies the completion and compliance of a building with relevant laws, regulations, and safety standards. It is required before occupying or using a newly constructed, renovated, or altered building for any purpose.

The process for obtaining a Building and Occupancy Permit typically involves the following steps:

  • Submission of building plans and specifications to the Office of the Building Official (OBO) or the designated department in the LGU.
  • Payment of necessary fees for building permit application.
  • Compliance with building code requirements, such as inspections, clearances, and certifications from relevant government agencies.
  • Final inspection and assessment by the OBO.
  • Issuance of the Building and Occupancy Permit upon satisfactory compliance with all requirements.

The requirements for obtaining a Building and Occupancy Permit may vary depending on the LGU and the nature of the construction project. However, common requirements often include:

  • Accomplished application form for building permit.
  • Architectural, structural, electrical, and mechanical plans and specifications.
  • Proof of ownership or legal right to construct.
  • Proof of payment of fees and taxes.
  • Certification of compliance with fire safety standards.
  • Certificate of completion from licensed professionals involved in the construction.
  • Other documents or clearances as specified by the LGU or building code.

Failing to obtain a Building and Occupancy Permit in the Philippines can have several consequences. These may include:

  • Legal penalties, fines, or sanctions imposed by the LGU.
  • Inability to operate or use the building legally, which may lead to disruptions in business operations.
  • Difficulties in securing insurance coverage for the property.
  • Potential safety risks due to non-compliance with building codes and safety standards.
  • Challenges in future property transactions, as the lack of a permit can affect property valuation and marketability.


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