City of Surprise Finance Department
City of Surprise Finance Department

Welcome to Business Licensing

Business Licensing for 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 One Rental Property

Owners of Two or More Rental Properties

Owners of 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 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 One Rental Property

No Tax License Required unless property is a Commercial Rental Property

Download Rental Property Business License Application

Download brochure

Application Checklist:

  • Business license must be submitted under the same names as the property is deeded.
  • Original Licensing Eligibility Verification Forms (signed by a member of the owning entity) and/or Licensing Eligibility Requirement Form (signed by a deeded property owner) along with copy of selected ID (front and back).
  • List location of rental property (section C of application).
  • The recorded legal class of the property must reflect a legal class of “4 -Residential Rental” with the Maricopa County Assessor’s office.
  • The rental property owners must be registered with the Maricopa County Assessor’s office.
  • 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

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 Two or More Rental Properties

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:

  • 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).
  • In lieu of (TPT) license submit the name, address, and phone number of licensed property manager contracted to manage your rental properties.
  • List of rental properties located in the City of Surprise by address (section C of application).
  • Original Licensing Eligibility Verification Forms (signed by a member of the owning entity) and/or Licensing Eligibility Requirement Form (signed by a deeded property owner) along with copy of selected ID (front and back).
  • The recorded legal class of the property must reflect a legal class of “4 -Residential Rental” with the Maricopa County Assessor’s office.
  • The rental property owners must be registered with the Maricopa County Assessor’s office.
  • 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

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
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Business Licensing - 623 222-1836


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