Learn about the writing style guide that the City of Surrey follows.

We follow the Corporate Writing Style Guide for City of Surrey content. 

Due to the nature of web, and web best practices there are few additional style items for writing for the web and some slight differences that are outlined in this section.

Wrting Style Guide Exceptions for Web

Dates and Times

Users seek relevant and up-to-date information on the web. Provide date and time information whenever possible to give a date stamp that notifies users of reliability.

Dates & Times Checklist

  • Show dates as Thursday, August 3, 2011, (or) August 3, 2011, (or) August 2011.
  • Spell out days and months in a sentence (eg, Tuesday, January) but use abbreviations (eg, Tues., Jan.) in a table.
  • Use lowercase but don’t use periods in am and pm. Use 10am but 5:30pm.
  • Show date and time ranges as August 24 to 26, 2011, and 2 to 4pm in a sentence, but use abbreviations Aug 24 – 26, 2011, and 2 – 4pm in a table.
  • Avoid repetition of time measurements (eg, 10:30 to 11:00am and November 25 to 27, 2011, not 10:30am to 11:00am and November 25, 2011, to November 27, 2011).

Dates

  • Organize date and time information as day of the week (if including), month, day, year, time. Use 2, not 02 or 2nd. You may choose to include or exclude the day of the week.
  • Always include the year, except in a table. Eg. August 24, 2016
  • Avoid repetition of time measurements within 1 sentence.
    Eg, November 23 to December 4, 2011 Not November 23, 2011 to December 4, 2011.
  • Show date ranges as August 17 to 23, 2011, in a sentence but August 17 – 23, 2011, in a table. Use an en dash between dates, with a space on either side.
  • Abbreviate days and months in a table, but use the complete form in a sentence. Put a period followed by a space after the abbreviated day or month. Do not abbreviate May, June or July.

Show a date within a sentence with following these punctuation guidelines:

  • month and year: no commas; Eg, Leaders joined the Mayor in November 2011.
  • month and day: no commas; Eg, Leaders joined the Mayor on November 9.
  • month, day and year: a comma before and after the year Eg, On November 9, 2011, leaders joined the Mayor.
  • day of the week, month, day and year: use a comma after the day of the week; use a comma before and after the year. Eg, On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, leaders joined the Mayor.

Example:
The City of Surrey will illuminate Central City Plaza on December 3, 2011, and light the City’s official Christmas tree at the annual Tree Lighting event presented by Coast Capital Savings.

or

  Due Date Notice Sent Period Covered (Current Year)
Property Tax Notice July 2 End of May Jan.1 – Dec.31.
Reminder Notice (2nd Penalty) Sept.2 Beginning of Aug. Jan.1 – Dec.31.
Statement of Taxes Dec.31 Beginning of Nov. Jan.1 – Dec.31

 

Times

  • Show time ranges as 2 to 4pm inside a sentence, but 2 – 4pm in a table. Use an en dash between dates, with a space on either side.
  • Use lowercase for times, and exclude periods (eg, am and pm, not AM or ).
  • Show times to the hour (eg, 10am, not 10:00am). But, show the minutes in both times if one is to the minute, while the other time is on the hour.

Example:

Yes
10:00 to 10:30am
8:30am to 4:30pm
4 to 6pm
11am to 3pm

No
10am to 10:30am
4PM to 6PM
7 to 9AM