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A Step-by-step Guide to House Renovation Permit

Chiam Canda

April 20, 2024

2min read

Are you considering renovating your house in the Philippines? Before you do, check if you need a renovation permit or not. Moreover, it helps if you understand the steps to obtain it. While it's true that you can familiarize yourself with the national building code, local regulations, and your home's structure for a successful renovation, we don’t think you have the time. That is why we have built this step-by-step guide to simplify everything about the House Renovation Permit, from the application to helping you navigate requirements effortlessly.

Understanding House Renovation in the Philippines

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Now, house renovation projects can be quite intricate in the Philippines. The requirements and guidelines for home remodeling projects may differ based on the property's location and the renovation's scope. Certain renovations may require structural analysis, especially if they involve significant modifications to the building. Hiring a civil engineer or a professional architect can help assess the property's structural integrity and guide you through the renovation process.

Do I Need a Permit to Renovate My House?

In general, major renovation projects, such as adding or removing walls, structural changes, plumbing, electrical work, and interior design modifications, typically require a building permit. However, minor renovations, such as replacing fixtures or cosmetic updates, may only sometimes necessitate a permit.

To be sure about the specific requirements, you should consult the building department or office of the building official in your municipality. They will provide the necessary information and guide you through obtaining the required permits.

Renovation Permit Requirements

When applying for a renovation permit, there are several requirements that you must fulfill. To make the process smoother, we've outlined some common renovation permit requirements below:

  1. Application letter*
  2. Accomplished Building Permit Form
  3. Certified True Copy of Land Title and Tax Declaration
  4. Duly Notarized Copy of Deed of Absolute Sale, or Lease Contract or Contract to Sell, or Associationa Board Resolution and Applicanta Certificate of Membership, or Special Power of Attorney (SPA), or Secretary Certificate, or Authority to Construct (whichever is applicable)
  5. Certificate of Zoning Compliance
  6. Fire Clearance
  7. DOLE Clearance
  8. DPWH Clearance (if Project is along National Road)
  9. ATO Clearance (if Project is near the Airport Area)
  10. Bills of Materials
  11. Project Specifications
  12. Sketch/Lot Plan with Vicinity Map Drawn to Scale
  13. Five (5) Sets of Building Plans
  14. Structural Design Analysis (for All Buildings/ Structures except for Residential Buildings with an Area of 20 sq.m.)
  15. Boring and Plate Load Tests (for Structures Four (4) Stories and Higher)
  16. Seismic Analysis (except for Residential Buildings with Height less than 7.5 meters)
  17. Construction Logbook

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Understanding Building Permits

A building permit is a legal document that allows the construction or renovation of a structure. It certifies that the proposed project complies with the local building codes, safety standards, and zoning regulations. The building official's office is responsible for reviewing building permit applications and ensuring that the proposed plans meet the requirements.

The Scope of Building Permits for Renovations

Building permits for renovations cover a wide range of modifications, including but not limited to:

  • Structural design analysis and modifications
  • Interior design changes, such as flooring, wall finishes, and built-in fixtures
  • Plumbing alterations, including the installation of new plumbing fixtures and pipes
  • Electrical work, such as the addition of new wiring, outlets, or light fixtures
  • Exterior modifications, such as the construction of additional rooms, balconies, or decks

The Permitting Process

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The permitting process involves several steps that need to be completed in order to obtain the necessary permits for your renovation project. Here is a general overview of the permitting process:

  1. Research and gather information: Familiarize yourself with the local building codes, requirements, and regulations. Contact the office of the building official to inquire about the specific permits you will need for your renovation.
  2. Prepare the application: Complete the necessary permit application form, providing accurate and detailed information about your renovation project. Make sure to include all the required documentation, such as architectural plans, structural analysis, and any other relevant permits or clearances.
  3. Submit the application: Once you have gathered all the required documents, submit your application to the office of the building official. Double-check the checklist provided by the office to ensure that all the necessary documents are included.
  4. Review process: The office of the building official will review your application, checking for compliance with building codes and safety standards. They may request additional information or amendments to the plans during this process.
  5. Approval and issuance of permit: If your application meets the necessary requirements, you will receive the approval of the building official, and the permit will be issued. Keep the permit on-site during the construction or renovation process, as it may be subject to inspection at any time.


Renovating your house in the Philippines can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor. Understanding the permit requirements and the cultural significance of your renovation project is crucial. By obtaining the necessary building permits and following the permitting process, you can ensure a smooth renovation journey while preserving the historical integrity of your property. If you have any questions or need assistance with your renovation permit application, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We're here to help you navigate the process seamlessly and bring your renovation vision to life.

About the author

Chiam Canda

Project Manager, I make sure that projects are completed on time and on budget.

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