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Erosion & Sediment Control Permit

Site with an ESC Permit

You must have an Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Permit for all construction projects that have a disturbed area equal to or greater than 2,000 square metres.

The ESC Permit process helps ensure mandatory standards are applied to construction site ESC planning and management, which suits the proposed construction, scheduling and specific site conditions, such as:

  • site drainage
  • topography
  • soil characteristic

Learn more about the requirements for large construction sites.

ESC Permit Applications

Erosion and Sediment Control Permit applications are made through the City's Engineering Department and must be issued before the release of associated construction permits.

ESC Permits are commonly associated with:

Review the General Guide to Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC) Permit Applications to learn more.

Fill out the ESC Application Package and submit your hardcopy application to the Engineering Department. Allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing. Ensure your application is completed with as much detail as possible to prevent processing delays.

Any questions can be directed to or 604-592-6936.  Any correspondence with the City of Surrey should contain your ESC file number (45XX-XXXX-XX) to ensure a timely response.

ESC Supervisor Reports

Once you have your ESC Permit issued, direct your ESC Supervisor to the Online ESC Supervisor Reports Portal. Reports must be submitted on a weekly basis unless special arrangements have been made. Reports are also required after a significant rainfall event (at least 25mm in a 24-hour period). To find rainfall data, see the City of Surrey rain gauge.

Additional application documents and supporting information on the ESC Permit are provided below.