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Secondary Suites

A secondary suite is defined as a second dwelling unit (self-contained living quarters including cooking equipment and a bathroom), located within the structure of an owner-occupied single family dwelling. 

All secondary suites in Surrey must be registered. To register, complete the Secondary Suite Declaration Formand submit the signed form to Property & Payment Services by email at, mail or in person at Surrey City Hall.

A $1000 penalty fee will be added to the taxes due on the property for each unregistered secondary suite if the City of Surrey becomes aware of a suite that is not registered.

Check if a suite is registered or unregistered using My Property Accounts

Secondary Suite Fees Annual Payments

Secondary suite fees are based on the Secondary Suite Service Fee Bylaw

Fee Metered Customers Flat Rate Customers
Secondary Suite Service Fee $546.95 $546.95
Garbage, Recycling & Organics $142.00 $142.00
Water Based on water consumption $322.00
Sewer Based on 80% of water consumption $580.00
Total $688.95 plus consumption $1590.95

Secondary suite regulations

One secondary suite is permitted in conjunction with a single family dwelling in each zone in the Zoning Bylaw that permits a single family dwelling as a permitted use. Multiple suites are not permitted in Surrey as outlined in the Zoning Bylaw. 

Learn where and how you can build, install or apply for a legal secondary suite.

Secondary suite complaints and enforcement

Submit complaints about secondary suites online.

Once a complaint is received, a City Bylaw Enforcement Officer conducts an inspection. If the Officer determines that a secondary suite (or more than one secondary suite) exists where a secondary suite isn’t not permitted, the bylaw is explained to the property owner, as well as what must be done to bring the property into compliance. Follow up inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with the bylaw.

The bylaw doesn’t address who the occupant of a secondary suite is or whether the suite is occupied at all. This means that whether or not the secondary suite is occupied by family, rented out or vacant makes no difference in determining if a secondary suite exists. The existence of the cooking equipment and bathroom are the only considerations as to whether or not there is a secondary suite.

Secondary suite removal

Once you’ve removed any secondary suite, you can request an inspection with Bylaws by calling 604-591-4516, and pressing Option 2.

Before calling for an inspection, you must first

  • Remove any stove(s)
  • Disconnect any outlets for stove(s) and cover them with drywall
  • Remove any hood fan
  • Remove the breaker for any stove from the electrical panel

Contact information

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Type of Information Division Telephone Number
Zoning requirements Planning 604-591-4448
Building permits Building 604-591-4366
Making a complaint and enforcement procedures Bylaw and Licensing Services 604-591-4370 or Report a problem online
All other secondary suite-related questions Property Taxes and Utilities 604-591-4516 Option 2