Learn about the four different types of Council meetings in Surrey.

There are 4 different types of Council meetings

  1. Council-in-Committee
  2. Regular Council – Land Use
  3. Regular Council – Public Hearing
  4. Special (Regular) Council

All regular Council and committee meetings are open to the public. See the dates and times of the next Council Public Hearing items.


Open to the public, this less formal meeting of City Council is usually held on Monday afternoons. This meeting provides a forum for the public to bring concerns before Council to be heard. These meetings also deal with reports and recommendations from City staff that generally require a presentation or a more lengthy discussion process.

Regular Council – Land Use

Official community plan, zoning bylaw, or other land-use applications are first introduced at the Land Use meetings held on Monday afternoons. Council reviews and comments on the applications brought forward by the Planning Department and decides whether or not to proceed to resident input in a Public Hearing meeting. Once the public has had the opportunity to provide input, the applications are reviewed again at a future Land Use meeting at which time they may be approved or denied.

Regular Council – Public Hearing

When an application for change to an official community plan or zoning bylaw is received, a public hearing is held in order for local residents to provide input that will assist Council in the decision-making process. These open meetings are held on Monday evenings and are live-streamed on our website. Archived recordings of proceedings are also available for two years following the meeting.

Special (Regular) Council

This is a brief meeting held in order to close the next meeting to the public and explain why. A Closed meeting is also called an 'In-Camera' meeting although the meeting is not filmed.