Apply for a licence if you perform services in Surrey but do not have a physical location here.

Businesses that do not have a physical location in Surrey, but perform services within the city, require a City of Surrey Business Licence.

Example of businesses that require a non-resident business licence include plumbers, electricians, photographers, engineers and janitorial companies. Business licences for non-resident businesses are typically issued the same day the application is made, provided that all required information is supplied on the application form.

To apply for a non-resident business licence:

  1. Visit the Online Business Licensing application or complete the Business Licence Application form.
  2. Pay the business licence fee with your application. Confirm your business licence fee by contacting the Licensing office at 604-591-4370. A list of fees (for reference only) is available in the Business License Bylaw in Schedule A on page 35.
  3. Submit your application in person, by email, by fax or by mail.

Apply in person

By submitting your application in person, you will receive your business licence application number and in most cases, your business licence, immediately. 

Apply at Surrey City Hall, Bylaw & Licensing Services at 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC. Make payments in cash, by cheque, Interac, or credit card.

Apply by email

Please send your application to

Apply by fax

Please send your fax to 604-501-7685. Payments by credit card are accepted.

Apply by mail

Please send your application to:

Surrey City Hall 
Bylaw & Licensing Services 
13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

Once you receive your business licence in the mail, your business license is valid for 1 year from the application date.

Learn how to renew or make changes to your business licence information.

Contact our Licensing Office at or by phone at 604-591-4370 if you have any questions about your home-based business licence application.