Book a building inspection after making sure your site meets the building inspection requirements.
City Hall will be closing at 4:30pm on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and reopening at 8:30am on Monday, January 4, 2021. During the Christmas and New Year's holiday closure period, no building permit applications will be received, no building permits will be issued, and regular building, electrical, and plumbing site reviews by City officials will not be available.
If you want to continue construction during our holiday closure, please review the Building Division's Christmas Closure Bulletin to review your options.
Please note that Building inspections are still being scheduled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and Building Inspections
Inspections: Until further notice, premises that are occupied prior to final inspection will no longer be inspected. This is in accordance with the recent Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders. Site reviews of other occupied properties and spaces will, in some cases, continue to be carried out with alternative review methods and/or specific protocols.
In-person site reviews of occupied premises may be required 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. 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.
Pick ups and Drop offs: Note that Surrey City Hall has switched to appointment-only. Hard copies of plans, applications and other documents normally accepted at 2W, 3W and 4W counters are to be left in the drop box near the public entrance at Parking Level P1. Pick up of permits, plans and other documents normally from 2W, 3W and 4W is now at the Reception Desk at 1W.
You can schedule your inspections online and get updates on your requests using our online Inspection Request service. Visit the 2nd floor service counter at Surrey City Hall to register to use the convenient online system.
Inspections for Single Family Dwellings
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
To make a Final Plumbing Inspection request, you must first have the prior inspections:
- Approval of Building Insulation Inspection
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.
Unauthorized or Unsafe Construction and Secondary Suites
To report unauthorized construction in your neighbourhood call 604-591-4231 and press "5" or email email@example.com. 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 Care Inspections
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 Licence Inspection Request page for more information on opening a Community Care Facility.
Business Licensing Inspections
The Business Licence 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.
Inspection Area Map
The Inspection Area Map outlines who to contact in each area for these inspections.
To make a request for a building inspection, call 604-591-4231 and press "1" or, if you have been assigned a login by the front counter, use our online request form or mobile app. For more information on registering for online services, please visit the building front counter at City Hall (2nd floor West). If you have been assigned a login to use the app and require technical assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspections are automatically scheduled for the following business day if booked before 3pm. Due to high call volume, any inspections not completed on the scheduled day will be scheduled for the following business day. Please note our system is voice activated so allowing the system to proceed to the next question will ensure all information is requested.
To cancel an inspection call 604-591-4231 before 9am on the day of your inspection. Leaving a message on the scheduling line 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 proposed daily inspection schedule is available through our schedule line by calling 604-591-4650 on the day of your inspection, after 9:30 am. You will require the area number (located on the top right-hand corner of your permit) and the address when you call the schedule line. If you do not hear your address on the schedule, call the building inspections section at 604-591-4231. Please note exact times are not available.
Please see the Inspection Area Map to verify your inspection area.