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Land Use Plans & Policies

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Guiding development in Surrey

We have a comprehensive set of plans, policies and regulations to guide future development in Surrey. Plans include

  • strategies for land use and development,
  • infrastructure servicing,
  • transportation,
  • heritage protection,
  • tree preservation, and
  • other related development issues.

Land use plans that determine the location and type of development along with related policies and strategies provide a framework for the development of Surrey. Development projects that comply with these guidelines and requirements help our city grow and realize its goal as a community and meet our sustainability objectives. See how Surrey is doing on key indicators related to housing, growth and urban design on the City's Sustainability Dashboard!

Policies and regulations

Policies and regulations in progress

Existing policies and regulations

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Agriculture & Farming

See how Surrey's farmland is one of the richest growing areas in Canada.

Employment Lands Strategy

The Employment Lands Strategy was developed to ensure that an adequate and well-located supply of employment lands is available to meet shor [...]

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Environmental Protection

See how Surrey's policies and regulations work to protect natural areas and the environment from the harmful effects of development.

Thomas Joseph Brown House, part of Surrey's Heritage Register.

Heritage Planning

Heritage is what we inherit from the past, value in the present, and plan to preserve for the future in Surrey.

Secondary Suite Program & Fee Information

Learn the secondary suite fees and the regulations for installing a secondary suite, and when the zoning by-law permits a secondary suite.

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Sign by-law changes

Find out what you need to know about the amendments to the sign by-law and how it will help reduce clutter and improve business.

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Social Planning

Learn the 5 priorities of social planning in Surrey, and see how we're working to support a socially sustainable Surrey.

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Surrey Official Community Plan

Learn about this document that guides decisions and strategies in the City of Surrey.

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Sustainability & Climate Strategies

Check out Surrey's strategies to foster a sustainable, climate-friendly community.

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Protect and maintain trees in Surrey, by following bylaws, planting trees and enjoying what they have to offer.

Zoning By-law

All properties in Surrey have a legal zoning classification that specifies the types of buildings, uses and activities allowed on that prope [...]

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NewCity Design Award

The NewCity Design Award recognizes excellence in land and building development in Surrey, with an emphasis on showcasing the City’s best urban development.