Apply for a Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit for residential garages and accessory buildings

You need a Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit in Surrey for:

  • new residential garages; or
  • accessory buildings.

How to apply

Download the Guide to Applying for a Building Permit for a Detached Garage or Accessory Building.

Complete the Building Permit Application Form and submit the required documents, plans, and fees to the City of Surrey's Building Division by email, or in-person by appointment.

Digital permit intakes

Planning & Development permits can be submitted by email to permitapplication@surrey.ca. Before submitting your application, please review the Digital Submission Guideline. You will be contacted once we have reviewed your submission.

All permit application processes will remain the same, apart from receiving the physical document copies. Hard copies of permit application submissions may be necessary and requested depending on the scope of work and project size, upon completion of the digital submission.

Professionals you may need

A Registered Professional (RP) may be required to sign and seal the drawings required for your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit.

Required documents

Include the following documents with your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application:

Drawing requirements

Include the following plans with your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application:

  • one (1) set of plans:
    • all applicable site plan(s), foundation plan(s), floor plan(s), roof plan(s), cross section(s), construction details;
    • elevation drawings;
    • an original topographical survey plan no older than six (6) months (if applicable).
    • an engineered truss layout (if applicable).

If applicable, drawings are to be signed and sealed by a Registered Professional, as well as signed and approved by a Design Consultant.

All plans and information submitted must be legible and suitable quality for scanning. Minimum size 11" x 17" sheets are required (24" x 36" preferred). Blueprint paper, vellum or graph paper will not be accepted. Drawings in colour ink or in pencil will not be accepted. Drawings should not be laminated. Reversed plans are not acceptable.

Drawings, except the site plan, will be accepted in imperial measures until such time as local industry standards for residential construction are converted to metric standard. Grade elevations to be in metric and to the Geodetic Survey of Canada.

Cost

The Building Permit fee is due at the time of your Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit application.