Biz permits renewal ends today, Jan. 20 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:13

City Hall makes a last minute appeal to owners and managers of business establishments operating in the city to process applications for renewal of permits and comply with the deadline set today, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Since January 4, the City Government implemented the business one stop shop (BOSS) strategy with the intention of making registration and renewal process more convenient and efficient.  As of Monday, Jan. 18, the Business Permits and Licensing Division under Benjie Barredo registered 4,740 applications under process with 1,030 issued business permits.

Under the law, January 20 every year is the deadline set for renewal process and the payment of business taxes. Late payments will mean a surcharge of 25 percent and 2 percent additional penalty for every month of delay.

Office hours for all agencies and offices involved in the renewal and registration process are extended from 8am to 8pm Monday- Friday and from 8am to 5pm on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays starting today, Jan. 4 to Jan. 20.

Some 578 business permits have been processed by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) as of Wednesday, January 5, the second day of the renewal period utilizing the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) initiative.

Of the total permits processed, 561 were for renewal while 17 were new business ventures. Number of issued business permits is 87.

Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo has appealed to the business community to renew their permits as early as possible to avoid the rush.

Renewal of business permits went on full blast starting Monday, Jan. 4 to 20, as the city rolls out for the second straight year the BOSS initiative with the intention of making registration and renewal process more convenient and efficient.

Comparing data of the number of clients served on the first day of the renewal, the BPLO recorded 246 applicants in 2015 and 347 applicants in 2016 (Jan. 4-Monday). The second day, Jan. 5 had 101 applicants.

Office hours for all agencies and offices involved in the renewal and registration process will be extended from 8am to 8pm Monday- Friday and from 8am to 5pm on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays starting today, Jan. 4 to Jan. 20.

Deadline for the renewal of business permits is January 20.  Late filers will be meted with 25% surcharge per quarter and 2% additional surcharge per month. — Sheila Covarrubias