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Council streamlines development permit process by approving guaranteed timelines for building and rezoning permits

October 18, 2021
Media Release

Surrey, BC – More than 36,000 housing units have been created in Surrey over the last decade and the demand remains high. Even during a pandemic, the City recorded a building permit value of $1.46 billion, beating the 10-year annual average. To minimize the wait time between applying and receiving a building or rezoning permit, Surrey City Council has approved a guaranteed permitting timeline.

“The guaranteed permitting timeline addresses a significant issue that builders have, which is when will they know if the permit has been approved or not,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey has proven to be a prime destination for new residents and businesses. That’s why Council has taken this significant step to improve the speed and predictability in the land development approval process. The guaranteed timeline will result in less idle time for builders and more accurate completion dates for people looking to move into their new home or business space.”

Staff will be implementing the following Guaranteed Permitting Timelines.

Rezoning Report to Council – Single Family

12 weeks

Rezoning Report to Council – Multi Family, Commercial and Industrial

16 weeks

Building Permit – Single Family

10 weeks

Building Permit – Tenant improvement

10 weeks


Demand for Single Family and Townhouse homes in Surrey remain strong. There has also been a shift to low, mid and high rise apartments. From January 2019 to December 2020, single family homes accounted for 31% of new construction, 21% for townhomes, 31% for high rise apartments and 17% for low to mid rise apartments.

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Contact Info

Amber Stowe
Communications and Media Relations Lead
Office of the Mayor