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Building a House in Surrey

The current permit application processing wait time for construction of Single family Dwellings is approximately 12 weeks, for complete applications.

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Read the BCBC 2018 Bulletin regarding the upcoming changes to the Building Code. Please also review the Part 9 Energy Step Code Bulletin regarding the upcoming implementation of the BC Energy Step Code requirements.

Before You Begin

This information is for residents building a single family dwelling on private property.

Research your lot to determine what you can build. Depending on what you plan to build as part of your Single Family Dwelling, you may have to apply and pay for additional permits. Your land use plan must also follow all applicable land use bylaws.

Check what and where you can build:

Use COSMOS to find out your property's zoning, land use and underground utilities. To build a basement home, your designer or contractor must determine whether the service connections are deep enough and have adequate capacity to allow basement construction. Basements must have a gravity storm service connection.

You can also use the Building Records search to find:

  • A copy of your survey certificate (to show property lines)
  • Oil/Gas/Septic tank information

Building Records Search

Applying For Your Permits

Each permit expires after 6 months after the issue date. Permit applications are available only from the 2nd floor counter at Surrey City Hall.

Building Permit - find out the steps you need to apply, including a documents checklist.

Driveway Permit - if you are demolishing part of, or all of, a driveway, or will be constructing, or adding to, a driveway, you also need to apply for a driveway permit.

Submit your permits, supporting documents and pay your building permit fees in person only at the 2nd floor counter at Surrey City Hall. Allow approximately 30 to 45 minutes for the permit intake process to be completed. Permit fees can be paid with cash, debit or cheque. We currently do not accept electronic applications.

After You Have Submitted Your Application

Once your applications have been received, they will be reviewed by the City. Emails will be sent to you detailing your next steps, including but exclusive to:

  • The application and payment of any additional permits you will need to complete your construction
  • Any necessary engineering service upgrades and associated costs
  • Setting up an On-Site Pre-Damage meeting and pay any applicable damage deposits
  • What you have to do with the trees on your property
  • Paying any tree bonds

Your Building Permit will be issued only when you have met all necessary requirements from the City and all fees have been paid. Wait time is dependent on the volume of applications and the application, payment and processing of any additional permits you need.

Construction Phase

Approved drawings must be on site at all times. Inspections are required at various stages of construction. Find your order of inspections on your building permit.

Damages During Construction

Damages to City property must be reported to the City of Surrey. You are responsible for the actions of any contractors and sub-contractors who cause damage to City property. If clean-up by City crews because of your construction is needed, you will be held responsible for the cost of clean-up.

Revisions During Construction

Revisions to your building plans after the Building permit has been issued require additional approval. Changes must be made by the designer and can be rejected if not correctly completed. Inspections cannot be done while you are waiting for approvals on your revisions.

Download the Residential Building Permit Revision Application Form.

Change of Registered Professional

In the event that there is a change in the CRP and/or RP, please follow the guidelines outlined in the bulletin Change of Co-Ordinating Registered Professional or Registered Professional.

Final Occupancy

You must book and pass your final inspection before anyone can move into the new structure.

If you have any questions along the way, contact the Building Information Line at 604-591-4366, or visit the 2nd Floor Counter at City Hall from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

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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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