Property & Building Information
Look up a property's zoning and land use information online, and save yourself a trip to City Hall.
Most residential property and building information you would access at City Hall is available online. Look up a property's zoning, maximum house sizes, survey certificates, utility connections, land use and assessment value.
Zoning, Land Use & Underground Utility Lookup
Use COSMOS to find out a property's zoning, or about land use and underground utilities.
Maximum House and Lot Sizes
Follow these steps to find the maximum house size and lot size in COSMOS. Work with your designer to meet the siting/construction perimeters once you've determined them.
- Select 'City Map' from the map type selection prompt, enter the address under 'Address Search' and hit enter.
- On the left hand side of the page under 'Search Results' you will see a wide variety of information about your property.
- Click the 'Print Property Report' link to generate all of the pertinent information into an easy to read report. The size of home you can build is based on each lot's zone.
Under the 'Zoning Details' heading you will find the zone that your lot falls into (it will be two letters such as RF, RA, RF-12, etc).
- Click on the zone highlighted in blue and it will bring you to the By-law Library. Here you will find information regarding maximum building size, lot coverage, setback requirements, building height and more.
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Use the Building Records Search application to find:
- Copy of a Building Permit (includes issuance date)
- Final occupancy information
- Square footage of a building
- Inspection notes
- Oil/Septic Tank information
Request a Survey Certificate
A request for a Survey Certificate must be submitted to Building File Registry via email at email@example.com. There is no charge associated with this request.
Building Plan Copies
The City may have floor plans on file for your home. To see if plans are available, call and leave a message with our Building Records Centre 604-591-4369. Once confirmed that plans are available contact our Client Services Centre at 604-591-4086. Staff will discuss requirements, fees, payment options and plan retrieval methods with you.
If you are an agent acting on behalf of the owner, you will need to provide an Owner Authorization Form signed by both yourself and the property's registered owner(s).
Multi-Family, Industrial or Commercial Building Plan Copies
If you require access to plans for a Commercial, Industrial or Multi-Family building or unit, complete the Building Plan Request Form and call our Client Services Centre at 604-591-4086 to discuss plan availability, fees, payment options and plan retrieval methods.
An Owner Authorization Form or appropriate Strata Council authorization may be required to access plans. Please carefully read the reverse of request form for all requirements.
A comfort letter is a formal letter provided by City staff who prepare a summary/overview of the property. Information is compiled based on existing historical information in the City’s records. A comfort letter does not provide copies of the documents.
This information can include (but is not limited to):
- Any outstanding violations against the property
- A written record of permits and occupancy dates
- Confirmation of zoning
- Heritage status
- Histories of grow operations
- Environmental concerns
- Fire Inspection dates (only for Commercial/Industrial)
- Any outstanding invoices against the property
Please fill out the request form and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the request form and cheque to the Planning & Development Department. Staff will not process the request until payment has been received. Please allow five to seven business days for a response regarding payment. A comfort letter request can take three to four weeks for processing and completion.
To learn more about comfort letters, contact email@example.com.
Find a list of matching engineering drawings (as-builts) to open, view, save, or print.
Enter part of the project number in the box.
Create a report for a Surrey property to see maps, legal descriptions, assessment values or utility connections.
Enter a valid Surrey address, in the format 14245 56 Ave (use abbreviations St, Ave, Blvd, etc.)