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Surrey’s Digital Permitting Expansion Project has received funding to support the acceleration of the development approval process. 

September 2, 2021
Media Release

Surrey, BC – Through the Province’s 2021 Local Government Development Approvals Program, Surrey’s new Digital Permitting Expansion Project has received $500,000 in grant funding to support the acceleration of the development approval process. The project will expand online permit services, increase access, reduce costs and provide greater transparency, which will result in reduced permitting timelines.

“The demand for development in Surrey is rapidly growing, and by improving the development approval process we will increase the delivery of all types of housing, while also supporting economic recovery,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Council has worked hard to modernize the permit process since taking office, and this new program, backed by the Province, will further reduce wait times and remove barriers to increasing essential housing in our City.”

Surrey recorded $1.46 billion in building permit value in 2020, surpassing the 10-year annual average, illustrating economic confidence within the city.  In response to the pandemic, the City launched an online permit application process, creating a more convenient, transparent and streamlined process for customers.  

Learn more about Surrey’s online permit application process.

Contact Info

Amber Stowe
Communications and Media Relations Lead
Office of the Mayor
604-598-5854
Amber.stowe@surrey.ca