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Land Development Process

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On September 12, 2016, City of Surrey Council adopted a new Sensitive Ecosystem Development Permit Area and corresponding Streamside Protection measures. Check if these apply to you before submitting your development application.

Area Planning Process Overview

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

Board of Variance

Separate from the development application process, you may apply to the Board of Variance for a minor variance from the Zoning By-law. A minor variance may be permitted relating to siting, size or dimensions of buildings where it is determined compliance with the by-law would cause an undue hardship.


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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)

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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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Learn how the Advisory Design Panel provides recommendations to the Planning and Development Department on proposed design concepts.

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