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Council Review & Preliminary Layout Approval

Surrey City Council reviews development applications once the initial development application review is complete.

The public, City staff and developers all help inform Surrey City Council's decision on whether to approve, refer back to staff or deny a development application.

Below are the typical steps involved in this process:

1. Attend Council Land Use Meetings

Developers or their representatives must attend a Regular Council - Land Use Meeting regarding their applications. During this meeting, Council may raise questions with staff or with the developer. Council will also review the merits of the application and vote whether the application should be:

  • approved and considered at another Council Meeting;
  • referred back to staff to have Council concerns addressed and resolved or;
  • denied and have the file closed.

2. Address Any Council Concerns

You must address any Council concerns with you application if it is referred back to staff.

The developer will work with the City of Surrey Land Development team to address the issues. After all the issues have been addressed, we will present an additional Planning Report to Council during another Land Use Meeting. The developer must also attend this Council Land Use Meeting.

3. Attend a Public Hearing

Certain project applications require Public Hearings. Public Hearings are official Council meetings where the public can speak to Council on proposed bylaw changes and any perceived impacts on the community. Any person who thinks they are affected by the proposed bylaw has the opportunity to speak.

Developers must attend a Public Hearing and respond to any issues or questions the public may have on approved projects for:

  • Rezoning
  • Land Use Contract (LUC) discharge or amendment
  • Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment

See the next Public Hearing dates.

Third reading

Council will consider a third reading of the bylaw change right after the Public Hearing, during the same Council Meeting. Your Rezoning, LUC discharge or OCP amendment has conditional approval if it reaches this third reading.

Council will also review the merits of the application and vote whether the application should be:

  • approved, where the third reading is granted and the application must fulfill all conditions before final approval;
  • referred back to staff to have Council concerns addressed and resolved or;
  • denied and have the file closed.

4. Preliminary Layout Approval for Proposed Subdivisions

The Developer and Area Planner work together to ensure there are no outstanding items that need to be resolved relating to the proposed subdivision application. You will have conditional approval for your proposed subdivision once you receive a Preliminary Layout Approval (PLA) letter from the City of Surrey's Approving Officer. A PLA is an officially approved list of the items a developer must resolve before a proposed subdivision can be formally approved. ​

You have one year to fulfill your PLA conditions. If the PLA expires, you may apply to the City of Surrey to consider offering a 6-month PLA extension, for a fee.

See the Surrey Land Development Preliminary Layout Approval issuance list.


Learn what meetings and tasks to expect after your first Land Use meeting in the next step in the land development process: conditional approval.