Property Management/Commercial Rental Licensing Application

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.

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
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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).
  • 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.

Note: All owners of rental properties are required to have a transaction privilege tax (TPT) license if managed by a property management company.