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See below for important Planning, Development & Building service updates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Planning, Development & Building Services

Call Centre: Planning & Development now has a call centre to replace the services normally provided at our 2W Service Counter at City Hall. Callers will be transferred to a staff member who will provide direction with respect to submitting applications, paying fees, requesting data, enquiring about land use, and booking appointments with specific staff. Call 604-591-4086 for assistance. Note that Requests for Inspections should be made through our regular systems not through this call centre. See the COVID-19 City Services, Closures & Cancellations page for more information.

Digital Permit Intakes: Planning & Development permits can be submitted by email to permitapplication@surrey.ca. Before submitting your application, please review the Digital Submission Guideline. You will be contacted once we have reviewed your submission. All permit application processes will remain the same, apart from receiving the physical document copies. Hard copies of permit application submissions may be necessary and requested depending on the scope of work and project size, upon completion of the digital submission. 

Pick ups and Drop offs: Note that Surrey City Hall has switched to appointment-only. Hard copies of plans, applications and other documents normally accepted at 2W, 3W and 4W counters are to be left in the drop box near the public entrance at Parking Level P1. Pick up of permits, plans and other documents normally from 2W, 3W and 4W is now at the Reception Desk at 1W.

Inspections: Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Trees and Landscape inspections are still being scheduled. Until further notice, Building, Plumbing and Electrical inspections of occupied homes, properties and spaces will in some cases be carried out with alternative review methods that do not require on-site attendance.

In-person Site Reviews of occupied homes may be required and will necessitate the implementation of additional safety measures and increased levels of service and effort. Final Building Site Reviews will continue to require in-person attendance from Building Officials. For more information and to review these measures and associated checklist, please refer to the In-Person Site Reviews of Occupied Spaces Bulletin.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to keep you informed of any other temporary service implementations and changes. We appreciate your patience and flexibility at this time. Please visit this site regularly to get the latest update.

Learn what is required to build a residential property in Surrey.

To report illegal construction in your neighbourhood call 604-591-4231 or email buildinginspectionrequests@surrey.ca.

For complaints regarding multiple secondary suites in a home, submit a complaint online or contact Bylaw & Licensing Services at 604-591-4370.

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Property & Building Information

Look up a property's zoning and land use information online, and save yourself a trip to City Hall.

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Residential Building Permits

Learn about permits for residential building, additions, renovations, demolition & pool permits.

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Building a House in Surrey

Find all the information you need to build a house in Surrey, BC.

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Demolish & Rebuild a House in Surrey

Find out how to demolish and rebuild a house in Surrey.

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Building a Secondary Suite

Find out what you need to build a secondary suite in your home.

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Building Site Tree Requirements

Review the tree requirements for building and demolition activities on private property.

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Building Inspections

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Building Records Search

Request a building records search online or in person and learn the fees for the research services.

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Zoning

Learn about Surrey's zoning bylaw and it affects your building and property plans or structure.