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Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on the City of Surrey’s web site is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 50 languages. Unfortunately, not all the languages spoken in the City of Surrey are translated. Punjabi is one of the languages not currently offered, and to remedy the situation, the City has been in contact with Google and they have committed to making Punjabi available in the future.

The City of Surrey cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information. Before you act on translated information, the City encourages you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on our web site, we encourage you to stop by a City facilities to discuss it. You can also contact the City at (604) 591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

The City is committed to enhancing the accessibility of its web site to all its citizens, and appreciates any feedback that it receives.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

Protecting Surrey's Fish Species

Surrey first developed a Watercourse Classification Map in 1995 that classifies streams based on their value as salmonid fish habitat. The Watercourse Classification Map is constantly updated when new information becomes available. The Map was first developed in an effort to streamline the process for the City to conduct works in and around watercourses, and was used mainly by the Engineering Department and Operations crews. It is now also utilized extensively as a tool by land developers and planners to determine fisheries stream setbacks for new development. The Watercourse Classification Map is compiled from various sources and is not warranted as to its accuracy by the City of Surrey.   It is intended to be used as a planning tool only. New development applicants are advised to hire a Registered Professional Biologist to perform a watercourse assessment to verify the fisheries watercourses on subject properties.

Watercourses are divided into four categories, and are based on fish presence, duration and source of water, and surrounding vegetation potential:

Class A (RED):  Inhabited by salmonids year round or potentially inhabited year round.

Class A(O) (RED dashed): Inhabited by salmonids primarily during the over-wintering period or potentially inhabited during the over-wintering period with access enhancement.

Class B (YELLOW): Significant food/nutrient value.  No fish present.

Class C (GREEN): Insignificant food/nutrient value.  No fish present.

The City of Surrey Planning Department follows the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Land Development Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitat when determining setback widths for buildings adjacent to streams. 

More information about development setbacks is available through Planning and Development Department at the Surrey Municipal Hall or call 604-591-4441.