Business Licensing

Business Licensing

Business License Applications and Requirements

The business license program is responsible for issuing business licenses to all persons who conduct business in the City of Surprise. City of Surprise Municipal Code, Chapter 26, Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations requires any person who practices, transacts or carries on any business within the municipal limits of the city to obtain a city business license. This requirement includes businesses within the municipal limits of Surprise, and those who may be physically located outside of the municipal limits but enter the city to conduct business or perform services.

Please review all appropriate application requirements on the Business License Application & Supplemental Forms page as all incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • The preferred method and most efficient way of applying for a Business License is through our online portal, here. When applying through our online portal please attach additional documents required. Not supplying additional documents will delay the application process. 
  • If you are unsure what is required or have business license questions, please email

Business License Certificate Copy Requests

For all business license certificate copy requests, please email Please include the name of your business, business address, and account number. Your request will be processed within 1 business day.

Online Renewals

The City of Surprise offers online business license renewal for most business types. If you are eligible for online renewal please log onto and enter the PIN that is located in the bottom right corner of your Business License Renewal Notice.