Sexually Oriented, Tattoo & Massage Business licensing

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.

Click on Your Business Type for an Application Check List:
  1. Sexually Oriented Businesses
  2. Tattoo & Massage Businesses
Business Licensing for Sexually Oriented Businesses
Sales of tangible personal property are subject to transaction privilege tax rate of 2.2%
 
Municipal Code Section 26 Article V requires that the establishment and any managers have a City of Surprise business license.

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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).
  • 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).
  • Completed F-1 and F-2 Supplemental Business Information sections of the City of Surprise business application.
  • Two photographs at least two inches in size taken in the last six months.
  • Requires fingerprinting and background check, conducted by the City of Surprise Police Department (fees apply and process can take 6-8 weeks).
  • Complete pages 2, 3, 4, and 6 or 7 of application.
  • 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
Applications not meeting the above requirements will be returned unprocessed.