Property Management/Commercial Rental licensing

All rental property owners are reminded that they must register with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office and the recorded legal class of the property must reflect a legal class of “4 -Residential Rental”. Forms are available at www.maricopa.gov/assessor. Failure to register a rental with the county could result in a $150.00 violation, per day.

25% of the base rate of the business license fee will be required at the time of the application submittal. We offer the following payment options:
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash
  • Check
Please review the appropriate check lists below as all incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed.
  1. Property Managers
  2. Commercial Property
Business Licensing for Property Managers
The City of Surprise transaction privilege tax rate is 2.2%

Download Rental Property Business License Application
Download tax rate chart

Application Checklist:
  • Copy of the transaction privilege tax (TPT) license issued by Arizona Department of Revenue (to obtain one; submit an Arizona Joint Tax Application to the Arizona Department of Revenue).
  • List of properties managed, which are located in the City of Surprise, by address (section C of application).
  • If non-sole proprietor provide copy of the first page of the Articles of Organization filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission (or another state).
  • Original Licensing Eligibility Verification Forms (non-sole proprietor) and/or Licensing Eligibility Requirement Form (sole proprietor) along with copy of selected ID (front and back).
  • Copy of any applicable State-issued Professional Licenses
  • Complete pages 2, 3, 4, and 5 or 6 on the Business License Application.
  • Submit business license application to the City of Surprise by mail or in person and include the 25% application fee. We offer the following payment options:
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Cash
    • Check

Note: All owners of rental properties are required to have a business license, including those whose properties are managed by a property management company.

Applications not meeting the above requirements will be returned unprocessed.