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Development Activity

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Surrey is undergoing rapid development. Residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional development has accompanied significant population and employment growth. Understanding how Surrey is growing helps us to better plan your city and provide services to businesses and residents. Development activity is gauged by the number and value of building permits issued.


Total Construction Value of Permits, 1968 - 2019


Since 2015, development has hovered at around $1.5 billion per year before experiencing a significant spike in 2019. In those five years over 10 million square feet of commercial and industrial floor space was added. In the same period there were over 23,000 housing starts.


Building Permit Values by Type, 2015 - 2019

Housing Starts by Type, 2015 - 2019

Detailed building permit summaries are available for commercial, industrial and residential development. The following documents provide cumulative totals for the current year for each of Surrey's six communities:

The same information is also available for prior years. Explore all the detailed data Surrey compiles on our development statistics webpage.


Note: the information provided is published as general reference only and is subject to correction or change. While every effort is made to post accurate information, the City does not guarantee that the information posted is always current or correct. The City is not responsible for any action taken in reliance on the information contained herein. All detailed information should be verified with the Planning and Development Department.