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Business Licensing Statistics

Looking down the street at Newton storefronts.

The City of Surrey is committed to fostering a positive business environment and helping businesses succeed. View the charts and tables below to see the breakdown of existing and new business licences in Surrey.

  • Overall, there are 17,769 licensed businesses in Surrey.
  • Since 2013, there has been a 20% increase in the total number of business licences in Surrey.
  • There has been an increase of 12% in the number of Commercial/Industrial businesses since 2013.

  • Newton has the highest concentrate of businesses at 5,832.
  • South Surrey has 2,937 businesses making up 17% of the overall breakdown by Community.
  • Guildford is the third largest business community in Surrey.

  • Construction makes up 24% of the total number of businesses by sector with 4,275 active licenses.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services makes up 13% of the breakdown with 2,111 businesses.
  • Retail is the third largest sector in Surrey making up 10% of the total.


  • In 2018, there were 2,679 new businesses in Surrey, a 34% increase over the number of new businesses in 2013.
  • Also in 2018, there was a 51% increase in the number of new home based businesses licensed compared to 2013's fiscal year.
  • The number of new commercial/industrial businesses is up by 6% from 2017.