Get to know how Community Amenity Contributions help the City fund and build community facilities.

Growth and development can lead to increased demand for community amenities. To secure these amenities, Surrey uses density bonus zoning (“Density Bonusing”) in accordance with Section 482 of the Local Government Act.

Community Amenity Contributions

Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are cash or in-kind voluntary contributions provided by developers. They are provided when City Council grants increased development rights through Zoning in the form of a Density Bonus. CACs help offset the impacts of growth and help fund new community facilities and services, such as:

  • Parks
  • ​Libraries
  • Cultural Facilities
  • Sports & Recreation Facilities
  • Fire & Police Facilities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Public Art
  • Undergrounding of Utilities

Surrey’s Density Bonus Program

Surrey’s Density Bonus Program is divided into two tiers of CACs, along with some universally applicable CAC contributions:

  • Tier 1 CACs apply to all residential development seeking increased density (with some exceptions), and are applicable to the portion of units that are consistent with the density of an existing Secondary Plan or the Official Community Plan (OCP).
  • Tier 2 CACs apply where residential rezoning’s seek increased density above Plan or OCP designations. Tier 1 is applied up to the Plan or OCP designations and Tier 2 is then applied to the portion of density above the Plan or OCP designation.
  • Universal CACs may also apply to all density bonus rezonings (with some exceptions) in both Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Surrey's Community Amenity Contributions

Surrey’s CAC areas, rates, phasing, exemptions and collection process can be found in the City of Surrey’s Zoning Bylaw No. 12000 in Schedule G, Public Art Policy, and Density Bonus Policy O-54, but are summarized below for convenience.

Capital Project CACs

Applies To: Any application for additional residential bonus density (city-wide) and apply to the portion of new units that comply with Plan/or OCP density designation.

Effective Date: The Capital Project Contributions came into effect on January 1, 2020, and apply to any development (including subdivision) that results in increased density beyond the base density in the zone.

Grandfathering Clause: New Capital Projects Contributions will not apply to a rezoning that receive Third Reading approval from Council before January 1, 2020 and Final adoption before December 31, 2020.

Contributions: A fixed (per residential unit) rate is collected for each additional residential dwelling unit in excess of base density up to Plan or OCP density.  Rates are phased in over 2 years as identified in the table below:

Exclusions: Secondary suites, purpose‐built rental (with a Housing Agreement), social or non‐market affordable housing dwelling units or dwelling units used as a caretaker’s residence, and non‐residential uses are excluded from the Capital Project Contribution requirements.

Area

Phase 2

(Subdivision approval or building permit issuance
between January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021)

Phase 3

(Subdivision approval or building permit issuance after December 31, 2021 )

Inside Secondary Plan Area

$1,500/dwelling unit

$2,000/dwelling unit

Outside Secondary Plan Area

$3,000/dwelling unit

$4,000/dwelling unit

 

Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex, and before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily.

Sunset Clause for In-stream Applications: Capital Projects Contributions are waived for any in-stream rezoning applications that received Third Reading approval from City Council before January 1, 2020. 

Secondary Plan and Infill Area CACs

Applies To: Any rezoning for additional bonus density within a Secondary Plan or Infill area identified in Surrey Zoning Bylaw in Schedule G - Section D.

Contributions: A fixed rate (per residential unit), and in some cases non-residential (per acre), or per square foot rate may apply. The fixed rates and types of CACs vary in each Secondary plan and Infill area as identified in Surrey Zoning Bylaw Schedule G - Section E.

Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex, and before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily and Non-Residential.

Community Specific Areas

Community-Specific Capital Project CACs

Applies To: Any city-wide rezoning proposing bonus density and Plan Amendment, where:

  1. the proposed increase in density is greater than the maximum density allowed in an approved Secondary Plan or Official Community Plan (whichever is less);
  2. the lot is currently designated Urban, Multiple Residential, Commercial, Town Centre, or Central Business District in the Official Community Plan; and
  3. the lot falls within the Community Specific areas identified in Surrey Zoning Bylaw Schedule G Section C.9 through C.17.

Effective Date: Tier 2 Capital Project Contributions came into effect on January 1, 2020.  The areas and rates were adjusted on February 22, 2021 to include fixed rate CACs outside City Centre and Town Centres. Community Specific Capital Projects Contributions apply to any new or instream rezoning that did not receive Third Reading approval from Council before January 1, 2020.

Contributions: Community specific fixed rates are charged on a per square foot basis for apartments, and on a per dwelling unit basis for single family and townhouses, vary in each Community Area, and are phased in accordance with Surrey Zoning Bylaw Schedule G Section C, as summarized below for convenience:

Due Date: Paid before Zoning Bylaw Adoption.

Community Use

Phase 1

(Rezoning adopted between
Feb. 22, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021)

Phase 2

(Rezoning adopted after
Dec. 31, 2021)

Whalley

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$30 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit 

$40 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit 

South Surrey

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$22.50 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit

$30 / sq. ft.

$20,000 / dwelling unit

Guildford

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$15 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit   

$20 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit

Newton

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$7.50 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit  

$10 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit

Cloverdale

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$3.75 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit  

$5 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit

Fleetwood

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$11.25 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit  

$15 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit  

Clayton

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$11.25 / sq. ft.

$11,250 / dwelling unit

$15 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit

Grandview

Apartment

Townhouse or Single Family Dwelling

$15 / sq. ft.

$15,000 / dwelling unit 

$20 / sq. ft.

$20,000 / dwelling unit 

 

Negotiated (Major OCP Amendment) CACs

Applies To: Rezonings requiring a Major OCP Amendment where:

  1. the lot is currently designated Conservation and Recreation, Agricultural, Rural, Suburban, or Suburban Urban Reserve, Mixed Employment, or Industrial in the OCP; and
  2. the proposed density increase is greater than the maximum density allowed in the Official Community Plan.  

Contribution Type: Negotiated CAC will be based on a cash contribution of 75% of land-lift value for the portion of residential density above the current OCP designation. Negotiated CACs may (in some instances) include in-kind contributions as prescribed in density bonus policy 0-54.

Determining 75% of Land Lift: Estimated lift in value will be determined from a Financial Analysis and Market Report that considers the difference in market value of the land with regard to proposed change in density: a) The market value of the land before the density lift (i.e. under existing land use regulations); and b) The market value of the land after the density lift, (i.e. under land use controls and densities proposed by the Applicant).

Due Date: Paid before Zoning Bylaw Adoption.

Affordable Housing CACs

Applies To: Any City-wide re-zoning or subdivision that permits an additional residential dwelling unit in excess of the minimum density permitted in that Zone.

Effective Date: The Affordable Housing Contribution came into affect on April 9, 2018.

Contribution Type: The Affordable Housing Amenity Contribution is a fixed rate of $1,000 per residential unit.

Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex; Paid before Building Permit Issuance for Multifamily.

Exclusions: Secondary suites, purpose‐built rental (with a Housing Agreement), social or non‐market affordable housing dwelling units or dwelling units used as a caretaker’s residence, and non‐residential uses are excluded from the Affordable Housing Contributions.

 

Public Art Contributions

Applies To: Any re-zoning that includes more than 10 dwelling units, and/or any rezoning for Commercial or Industrial with a total floor area of greater than 1,000 m2.

Contribution Type: The Public Art contribution is a fixed rate of 0.50% of the total project construction cost. Public Art Contributions may also include (in-kind) contributions towards public art. 

Due Date: Paid before subdivision approval for Single Family & Duplex or before Building Permit for Multifamily, Commercial, or Industrial.

Background Information

On November 18, 2019, Council endorsed Corporate Report R224, which introduced:

  • New Capital Project CAC (City-wide) CAC;
  • New Centre Specific Capital Project CAC; and
  • New Density Bonus Policy (Policy O-54) for Plan and OCP Amendments.

The Capital Projects and new Density Bonus Policy came into effect on January 1, 2020.

On January 21, 2021, Council endorsed Corporate Report R015, which modified the existing Tier 2 Capital Project Density Bonus Policy to include a fixed rate, applied to all Surrey Community Specific Amenity Contributions outside City Centre and Town Centres.

The Community Specific fixed rates and areas, along with an amended Density Bonus Policy 0-54, came into effect on February 22, 2021.

Additional Information

Learn more about how Community Amenity Contributions are established and applied in B.C.

Contact

For more information about Surrey’s CAC and Density Bonus Program, contact planningdevelopment@surrey.ca.