City of Surprise Finance Department
City of Surprise Finance Department

Welcome to Business Licensing

Business Licensing for Commercial Property Rental / Property Management Businesses

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.

A portion of the business license fee will be required at the time of the application submittal in the amount of $35.00 (non-refundable). 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.

Click on Your Business Type for an Application Check List:

Property Managers

Owners of Commercial (Non-Residential) Property

Business Licensing for Property Managers

The City of Surprise transaction privilege tax rate is 2.2%

Download Rental Property Business License Application

Download brochure

 

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 $35.00 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.

Business Licensing for Owners of Commercial Property

The City of Surprise transaction privilege tax rate is 2.2%

Download Rental Property Business License Application

Download Commercial Real Property Rental Brochure

Download tax rate chart

Application Checklist:

  • Business license must be submitted under the same names as the properties are deeded.
  • 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).
  • If non-sole proprietor provide copy of the first page of the Articles of Organization filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission (or another state).
  • List of commercial properties located in the City of Surprise by address (section C of application).
  • 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).
  • Complete pages 2, 3, 4, and 5 or 6.
  • Submit business license application to the City of Surprise by mail or in person and include $35.00 application fee. We offer the following payment options:
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • Cash
    • Check

Applications not meeting the above requirements will be returned unprocessed.



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Finance Department
16000 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 - Map/Directions
Business Licensing - 623 222-1836


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