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Land Development Application Process

Please note: New fees are in effect starting January 1, 2020. 

You must obtain proper approval from the City of Surrey if you want to develop or change the use of land in Surrey.

If you're applying for a Building Permit and the property does not require a Development Permit, Rezoning or other development application, skip to Building and Construction.

Our area planners evaluate development applications to make sure they fit within the Official Community Plan policies and applicable secondary land use plans.

We also seek input from area residents and community associations, to make sure we're considering and factoring in any concerns or issues raised with a development proposal into the decision-making process, before we make our recommendations to Council.

Application Steps

Below is an overview of the steps in the land development application process in Surrey. Please note, you may be asked to provide additional documents, requirements, permits depending on the type of project you are proposing.

The Engineering Land Development Process can be divided into the following phases:

  • Application
  • Scoping
  • Detailing
  • Servicing Agreement
  • Off-site Construction


Building constructed with sustainable development.

Review background documents, including plans, policies, and processes in the Pre-Application phase of the land development process.

Submitting a Development Application

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Review the submission requirements for making a Development Application.

Development Application Review

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See an overview of the review and referrals process for land development applications.

Council Review & Preliminary Layout Approval

See how the public, City staff and developers inform City Council's decision on development applications.

Conditional Approval

Learn the process to receive conditional approval for your Surrey land development application.

Plan Review & Permit Issuance

See the key parts of the plan review and permit issuance step of the land development process.

Project Scoping, Project Detailing & Servicing Agreement

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Review the phases of the engineering land development process.

Offsite Servicing Construction

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Learn about pre-construction meetings, traffic management planning, and more for offsite servicing.

Termination of Land Use Contracts

See how Surrey plans to discharge Land Use Contracts (LUCs) before June 30, 2024.

Final Approval

Learn what final approval of a development application means for each kind of land development project.

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