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Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit

Building Permit for a Detached Garage or Accessory Building

You need a Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit in Surrey for new residential garages or accessory buildings more than 10m² (108 ft²). Accessory building uses may include but are not limited to detached garages, workshops or sheds.

Accessory Buildings Less Than 10m²

An accessory building used for storage purposes that is less than 10m² (108 ft²) can only be placed or constructed without a Building Permit if it does not create a hazard and does not require extensive electrical work. The building must also comply with the requirements set out in the Surrey Zoning Bylaws and any other applicable provision of a Development Permit or restrictive covenant. Depending on the location of the building, a building permit may still be required.

How to apply

Complete the Building Permit Application Form and submit the required documents, plans, and fees to the City of Surrey’s Building Division.

Separate plumbing and electrical permits are required for any plumbing and electrical work. Plumbing and electrical permits can be applied for after the Building Permit has been issued.

Download the printer friendly Guide to Applying for a Building Permit for a Detached Garage or Accessory Building.

Professionals you may need

A Registered Professional (RP) may be required to sign and seal the drawings required for your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit.

Required documents

Include the following documents with your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application:

Drawing requirements

Include the following plans with your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application:

  • one (1) set of plans:
    • all applicable site plan(s), foundation plan(s), floor plan(s), roof plan(s), cross section(s), construction details;
    • elevation drawings;
    • a topographical survey plan; and
    • an engineered truss layout (if applicable).

If applicable, drawings are to be signed and sealed by a Registered Professional, as well as signed and approved by a Design Consultant.

All plans and information submitted must be legible and suitable quality for scanning. Minimum size 11" x 17" sheets are required (24" x 36" preferred). Blueprint paper, vellum or graph paper will not be accepted. Drawings in colour ink or in pencil will not be accepted. Drawings should not be laminated. Reversed plans are not acceptable.

Drawings, except the site plan, will be accepted in imperial measures until such time as local industry standards for residential construction are converted to metric standard. Grade elevations to be in metric and to the Geodetic Survey of Canada.

Cost

The Building Permit fee is due at the time of your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application. A damage deposit may be required.

After Submission

The Trees and Landscape Department will perform a review of the application to determine if there are any tree protection requirements.

Once the Plan Reviewer and Trees and Landscape Department are satisfied that all requirements have been met, the permit will be issued and the applicant will be notified.