Submitting a Development Application
Review the submission requirements for making a Development Application.
See below for important Planning, Development & Building service updates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and Planning, Development & Building Services
Call Centre: Planning & Development now has a call centre to replace the services normally provided at our 2W Service Counter at City Hall. Callers will be transferred to a staff member who will provide direction with respect to submitting applications, paying fees, requesting data, enquiring about land use, and booking appointments with specific staff. Call 604-591-4086 for assistance. Note that Requests for Inspections should be made through our regular systems not through this call centre. See the COVID-19 City Services, Closures & Cancellations page for more information.
Digital Permit Intakes: Planning & Development permits can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Inspections: Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Trees and Landscape inspections are still being scheduled. Until further notice, Building, Plumbing and Electrical inspections of occupied homes, properties and spaces will in some cases be carried out with alternative review methods that do not require on-site attendance.
In-person Site Reviews of occupied homes 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.
Parking to Patio & Sidewalk Queuing Space Program: Surrey’s new Parking to Patio and Sidewalk Queuing Space program allows businesses to provide increased physical distancing in outdoor spaces, meeting the Province’s maximum occupancy reductions as a part of the Provincial Government’s Phase 2 BC Restart Plan. The Parking to Patio initiative allows eating establishments to add or expand outdoor seating areas. The Sidewalk Queuing Space initiative allows all other retail businesses to accommodate regular customer line-ups in outdoor spaces adjacent to businesses. For more information on the programs and how to apply, please refer to the Parking to Patio and Sidewalk Queuing Space Program bulletin.
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Development Application Process
After you've reviewed your pre-application information and had your Pre-Application Meeting, you'll be ready to submit your Development Application.
Step 1 - Submit your Development Application Package
There are a number of items you need to submit throughout the Surrey Development Application process. The Submission Requirements describe the timing of when these items are due.
You must submit these items when you come in to apply for your proposed development.
- Land Development Application Form and Lobbyist Registration Form - Mark the application type(s) that apply. Ensure all owners sign the application and the Letter of Authorization if appointing an Agent. Lobbyists are required to complete the Lobbyist Registration Form. To determine if the Lobbyist Registration Form applies to you, refer to the City's Lobbyist Registration Policy.
- Data Sheets - Data sheets describe the site statistics of your proposed development. More than one may apply:
- Step Code Design Attestation for Development Permit Applications - To be completed for Development Permit applications involving buildings or major occupancies covered by the City’s Step Code requirements, including multi-family and commercial buildings. Must be signed by the owner of the site and submitted with the development application. See our Step Code webpage to determine whether the building(s) associated with your Development Permit application need to meet Step Code requirements.
- Sustainable Development Checklist Form - May be required for Land Development applications such as OCP Amendments, Rezoning and Development Permits. To determine if this applies, schedule a Pre-Application Meeting with Surrey Planning and Development Staff. If required, submit the completed Checklist by emailing a completed PDF or handing in a hardcopy form.
- Soil Contamination Questionnaire - To be completed and signed by the owner(s) or authorized agent. This form must be included with all Rezoning, Subdivision, Development Permit and Development Variance Permit applications to determine if your site will be subject to the Ministry of Environment's Site Profile review for contaminated soil.
- Tree Survey and Arborist Report - The tree survey is conducted by a land surveyor and identifies the size and location of all trees on and adjacent to the subject site. The Arborist Report assesses the overall health and quality of the trees on or adjacent to the subject site.
- Title Search - Provide one for each property included in an application. Obtain the Title Search through the New Westminster Land Title Office.
- Proposed Subdivision Layout or Design Drawings - Plans or drawings should conform to the standards in the Submission Requirements checklist. Applications for a Development Permit may be referred to the Surrey Advisory Design Panel (ADP). Refer to the ADP Terms of Reference for a description of the type of project that may require submission to the ADP.
- Application Fees - At this time, we're only able to accept land development applications in person at the Surrey City Hall at the 2nd floor service counter. You may refer to the documents below to estimate the application fees for your project; however, the application fees will be verified when you come in to make your application. Please note that NCP Surcharge fees may apply.
- Fee Summary - Do not attempt to calculate fees, but consult with a front counter staff person at the time of submitting your application.
- Land Use and Development Application Fees Bylaw No. 18641
Return all submission requirements with application fees in person to the Surrey City Hall at the 2nd floor service counter:
Surrey City Hall
13450 - 104 Avenue
Step 2 - Receive Development Application Acceptance and Track your Project
The City of Surrey's Planning & Development Department will review your application package to make sure it's complete. Your application will be assigned to an Area Planner if the application's accepted.
If your Development Application is complete, it'll be accepted, a file will be created, and you'll get a project number.
Type your project number into the Online Development Inquiry to learn your project's Area Planner and see other project information and status.
See what comes next in the application review and approval process.