Find out how to demolish and rebuild a house in Surrey.

Before you begin

Research your lot to determine what you can demolish and what you can build. Depending on what you plan to build, you may have to apply and pay for additional permits. Your land use plan must also follow all applicable land use bylaws.

Check what and where you can build:

Use COSMOS to find out your property's zoning, land use and underground utilities.

To build a basement home, your designer or contractor must determine whether the service connections are deep enough and have adequate capacity to allow basement construction. Basements must have a gravity storm service connection.

Applying for your permits

If you are planning to remove buildings from your property and build new ones within 6 months from your demolition date, we recommend applying for the Demolition Permit and the Building Permit at the same time.

  • Demolition Permit - Find out the steps you need to apply.
  • Building Permit - Find out the steps you need to apply, including a documents checklist.
  • Driveway Permit - If you are demolishing part of, or all of, a driveway, or will be constructing, or adding to, a driveway, you also need to apply for a driveway permit.

Submit your permit application via one of our submission methods. If you have any questions about the permit application process, contact the Client Services Centre at 604-591-4086. 

After you have submitted your application

Once your applications have been received, they will be reviewed by the City.

Emails will be sent to you detailing your next steps, including but exclusive to:

  • The application and payment of any additional permits you will need to complete your construction
  • Any necessary engineering service upgrades and associated costs
  • Setting up an On-Site Pre-Damage meeting and pay any needed damage deposits
  • What you have to do with the trees on your property

Your Demolition Permit must be finalized before you can receive your Building Permit.

Your Building Permit will be issued only when you have met all necessary requirements from the City and all fees have been paid.

Wait time is dependent on the volume of applications and the application, payment and processing of any additional permits you need.

Construction phase

  • Approved drawings must be on site at all times
  • Inspections are required at various stages of construction. Find your order of inspections on your building permit.

Damages during construction

Damages to City property must be reported to the City of Surrey. You are responsible for the actions of any contractors and sub-contractors who cause damage to City property. If clean-up by City crews because of your construction is needed, you will be held responsible for the cost of clean-up.

Revisions during construction

Revisions to your building plans after the Building permit has been issued require additional approval. Changes must be made by the designer and can be rejected if not correctly completed. Inspections cannot be done while you are waiting for approvals on your revisions.

Download the Residential Building Permit Revision Application Form.

Final occupancy

You must book and pass your final inspection before anyone can move into the new structure.

If you have any questions along the way, contact the Building Information Line at 604-591-4366.