Book a building inspection after making sure your site meets the building inspection requirements.

Building Inspections Updates

In-person site reviews of occupied premises may require and will involve additional safety measures and increased levels of service and effort, such as the Site Reviews for Final Permit Acceptance and Occupied Spaces Checklist.

An Occupied Spaces Checklist is only required to schedule a site review for occupied single-family dwellings. A representative of the Builder or General Contractor must still be present at the time of attendance by a Building Official.

  • Where a site review of occupied spaces is scheduled without the required Checklist, the Building Official will immediately discontinue the inspection, a re-inspection fee will be applied and a Checklist will need to be submitted prior to rescheduling, along with the additional separate Checklist processing fee.

Final Building Site Reviews will continue to require in-person attendance from Building Officials. For more information, please refer to the Site Reviews for Final Permit Acceptance and Occupied Spaces Bulletin.

Scheduling a Building Inspection

You must meet all residential building inspection requirements or commercial building inspection requirements before scheduling an inspection.

You can schedule your building inspections online (registration required) or by phone. 

Online

Schedule your inspections online and get updates on your requests using our online Inspection Request service. For more information on registering for online services, please call the Client Services Centre at 604-591-4086.

If you have been assigned a login to use the app and need technical assistance, email mobileinspectionhelp@surrey.ca.The Inspection Area Map outlines who to contact in each area for these inspections.

Schedule a building inspection

 

By Phone

To make a request for a building inspection, call 604-591-4231 and press "1". Inspections are automatically scheduled for the following business day if booked before 3:00 pm. Due to high call volume, any inspections not completed on the scheduled day will be scheduled for the following business day.

Please note our call system is voice activated so allowing the system to proceed to the next question will ensure all information is requested.

Cancel an Inspection

To cancel an inspection, email buildinginspectionrequests@surrey.ca before 9:00 am on the day of your inspection. You must include the civic address and the word "cancellation" in the subject line of the email.

  • Leaving a message on the scheduling line (604-591-4231) after-hours will not result in cancellation of your inspection.
  • Work that is not ready for a scheduled inspection may be subject to a re-inspection fee.

Daily Inspection Schedule

The inspection schedule is available online, updated daily after 9:40 am, on each work day. Refer to the Inspection Area Map to locate the appropriate area list.

If your inspection request address not on the schedule, your call may have been deferred to the next business day. 

After Your Inspection

Following your inspection, if you have questions or would like to discuss with the inspector responsible for you inspection, please send us an email. The inspector’s email address is available on the inspection slip provided at the end of the inspection.

Inspection Requirements

Single Family Dwellings

Frame Inspections

To make a Frame Inspection request, you must first have the prior inspections:

  • Approval of Rough Plumbing Inspection(s)
  • Approval of Electrical Rough Wiring Inspection(s) including low voltage permits

Final Plumbing

To make a Final Plumbing Inspection request, you must first have the prior inspections:

  • Approval of Building Insulation Inspection

Final Building

To make a Final Building Inspection request, you must first have the prior inspections:

  • Approval of Final Plumbing Inspection(s)
  • Approval of Final Electrical Inspection(s) including low voltage permits
  • Approval from the Engineering Department

Inspection requests for sites not following the procedures for Single Family Dwellings cannot be scheduled. Plumbing and Electrical inspection approvals must be granted no later than the day before the requested Building inspection (they may not be scheduled for the same day).

Inspections scheduled without the proper requirements will be cancelled without notification.

Construction without Permits

To file a complaint about construction you suspect has been done without permits, email bylawcomplaint@surrey.ca or call 604-591-4370. Please note that anonymous complaints will not be accepted.

For complaints regarding existing secondary suites in a home, or construction noise outside designated construction hours, please contact Bylaw & Licensing Services at 604-591-4370.

Please refer to the Bylaw Library for authorized construction hours (See Community, 7044 Noise Control - Section C). For concerns regarding site safety issues, such as fencing or possible asbestos removal, please contact WorkSafe BC.

Community Care Facilities & Day Cares

An application review and inspections are required to be completed by the Building, Electrical, and Fire Departments within the City of Surrey in order to operate a child (day care), or adult care facility. See our Community Care Facilities License Inspection Request page for more information on opening a Community Care Facility.

Business Licensing Inspections

The Business License Inspection Process involves inspections by the Building, Plumbing, and Electrical sections within the Planning & Development Department. Inspections are performed after an application is made with the Business Licensing section.