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Starting up a business involves three basic steps:
1. A name search using the Name Approval Request Application form
2. One Stop Business Registration or Incorporation
3. Obtain a Business License (from the City Hall of the city you plan to conduct a business in).

Step 1: Name Search processed within 3-5 business days through the Surrey Board of Trade:
- $50.00 per search, in person
- $60.00 per search by fax 604-588-7549 (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX)
- An additional $100.00 for a priority search, which provides results within 24 hours

Download a name request form here.

Step 2: One Stop Business Registration only for Proprietorships and Partnerships:
- $70.00 registered by our staff

Download the registration form here (pdf).

For more information on North American Industry Classification (NAICS) codes click here.

To complete the incorporation of a company (Ltd., Inc., Corp.) go to or contact a lawyer to assist you with the process.

To incorporate a society, click on this link for further information.

Step 3: Contact your local City Hall to obtain a business license. This is a permit to operate in the city. For the City of Surrey you can contact them at 604-591-4370 or at


Registration Document Copies
*for companies already registered and need another copy of their paperwork

Certificate of Incorporation - $25.00 to obtain a copy

Business Registration Certificate - $25.00 to obtain a copy

For further information on the Business Centre and the business registration process,
please contact the Surrey Board of Trade at (604) 581-7130.

For complete business start-up information go to


Thinking of Starting a Business

 Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start?  This resource should help guide you in the right direction. You’ve decided to start a business – now what?  The following resources will help you along the way.

Permits and Licences


Additional Resources

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