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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 17,015 businesses in Surrey.
  • In the last five years, there has been a 15% increase in the total number of business licences in Surrey.
  • There has been an increase of 8% in the number of Commercial/Industrial businesses over the last 5 years.

  • Newton has the highest concentrate of businesses at 5,467.
  • South Surrey has 2,863 businesses making up 17% of the overall breakdown by Community.
  • Guildford is the third largest business community in Surrey.

  • Construction makes up 22% of the total number of businesses by sector with 3,843 active licenses.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services makes up 13% of the breakdown with 2,107 businesses.
  • Retail is the third largest sector in Surrey making up 11% of the total.


  • In 2017, there were 2,642 new businesses to Surrey, 21% increase from 2016.
  • A 26% increase in the number of home based businesses in 2017 in comparison to 2016.
  • The number of new commercial/industrial businesses was up by 9% from 2016.