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Land Development Application Process


You must obtain proper approval from the City of Surrey if you want to develop or change the use of land in Surrey.

If you're applying for a Building Permit and the property does not require a Development Permit, Rezoning or other development application, skip to Building and Construction.

Our area planners evaluate development applications to make sure they fit within the Official Community Plan policies and applicable secondary land use plans.

We also seek input from area residents and community associations, to make sure we're considering and factoring in any concerns or issues raised with a development proposal into the decision-making process, before we make our recommendations to Council.

Application Steps

Below is an overview of the steps in the land development application process in Surrey. Please note, you may be asked to provide additional documents, requirements, permits depending on the type of project you are proposing.


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Review background documents, including plans, policies, and processes in the Pre-Application phase of the land development process.

Submitting a Development Application

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Gather & follow the submission requirements for making a Development Application.

Development Application Review

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See an overview of the review and referrals process for land development applications.

Council Review & Preliminary Layout Approval (PLA)

Seats at the table inside Surrey City Hall Council Chambers.

See how the public, City staff and developers inform City Council's decision on development applications.

Conditional Approval

Learn the process to receive conditional approval for your Surrey land development application.

Offsite Servicing

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Learn about the pre-construction meeting, traffic management planning, and more for offsite servicing.

Plan Review & Permit Issuance

See the key parts of the plan review and permit issuance step of the land development process.

Termination of Land Use Contracts

How Surrey plans to discharge Land Use Contracts (LUCs) before June 30, 2024.

Advisory Design Panel

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This panel provides recommendations to the Planning & Development dept on proposed design concepts.

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