Permits renewal goes full blast January 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 December 2013 14:06

City Hall reminds owners and managers of business establishments to renew their permits the earliest possible time to avoid the rush and the payment of penalties and surcharges based on existing laws.

Renewal process is expected to be on full blast starting January 2, the first working day for 2014, even as City Hall started accepting applications for renewal as early as November 5.

Under the law, January 20, 2014 is the deadline set for the payment of business taxes. Late payments will mean a surcharge of 25 percent and 2 percent additional penalty for every month of delay.

Starting January 2, the Permits and Licensing Division under Benjie Barredo is expected to introduce some innovations to better serve the public during the renewal period.

Mayor Beng Climaco has issued Executive Order No. BC 28-2013 mandating the streamlining of internal regulatory system on the business permit and licensing process. The same order directs all departments and divisions concerned to submit regular progress report to the local chief executive and for other related purposes.

Specifically, the EO directs the implementation of the Business Permit Registration Process with specific guidelines.    The said process is expected to shorten the processing time with the release of the temporary/conditional permit to operate.

The temporary/conditional permit to operate shall be issued to the applicant upon full payment of the necessary fees, taxes and or assessments made to the City Treasurer’s Office. The Chief licensing officer is authorized to sign and issue the temporary/conditional permit to operate pursuant to                                                                 ordinance 92-008, as amended.

Non-compliance to the conditions stated in the temporary/conditional permit to operate will automatically revoke the said permit after the expiration of the period stipulated therein without need of notice. With the automatic revocation of the temporary or conditional permit, the establishment shall be immediately issued a Notice of Closure and shall be immediately closed down.

The EO also provides that the business/mayor’s permit signed byt the mayor will be released when all requirements and clearances are complied with. And the temporary/conditional permit to operate shall be surrendered to the business permits and licensing office (BPLO) and shall cease to operate as a permit/license.

The BPLO under the EO is the office tasked to oversee and monitor the conduct of inspections of each office involved in the business permit and licensing process. It is also authorized to conduct inspection and to survey unregistered business establishments operating within the jurisdiction of the city.

At the same time, the BPLO is tasked to furnish list of registered businesses for due for inspection to all concerned offices every Tuesdays and Thursdays of the week. Each office is to submit inspection progress report to the city mayor through the BPLO every 15th and 30th of the month.

Inspection of all registered business establishments conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection, City Health Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Agriculturist’s Office, City Veterinarian’s Office, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources and the City Tourism Division is to be done within the specified number of days printed on the temporary/conditional permit to operate. — Sheila Covarrubias