Learn about the City's water meter program and how you can apply.

Meter benefits 

A water meter is a device that measures how much water your home uses. By installing a water meter, you will: 

  • Get billed on the exact amount of water your household consumes.
  • Become more aware of your water consumption. Even small changes can help you save money.

Program overview

Through this program, the City will supply and install a water meter and touchpad free of charge. Additionally, the following permit fees will be waived:

  • Plumbing permit fee, which includes the first two site inspections. However, the fees related to any additional inspection requests will be charged to the owner.
  • Temporary water turn-off/on fee.

The owner is required to hire a certified Plumbing Contractor to apply for the plumbing permit and install the meter box and all the required piping, at the owner’s cost.

Your annual utility bill will not be adjusted until the final plumbing inspection is approved and the water meter and touchpad installation is complete.

How to apply

If there is an existing water meter box on your property, contact Youngjin.Kim@surrey.ca first, before hiring a plumbing contractor.

Example of an existing water meter box:

a water meter box cover


Follow these steps to apply:

  1. The Owner hires a certified Plumbing Contractor.
  2. The Plumbing Contractor registers as an Online Registered User with the City of Surrey, if they have not already.
  3. The Plumbing Contractor fills in the Plumbing Permit Application form. Ensure the following information is properly identified in the form:
    • Mark Renovation under Box A: Work Proposed
    • Write 1 on Water Meter under Box J: Plumbing Fixture
    • Write Standalone Permit Volunteer Water Meter Program under Box K: Additional Details. See an example of a completed application form.
  4. The Plumbing Contractor emails the completed form to plumbing@surrey.ca.
    Permit applications are processed in the order they are received and can take 24–48 hours to issue.
  5. The Plumbing Contractor applies for a Temporary Water Turn-off by contacting the Engineering Front Counter at 604-591-4340 or Engineering@surrey.ca. Inform City staff that this is for the Volunteer Meter Program.
    The Plumbing Contractor must locate the curb stop location prior to scheduling a Temporary Water Turn-off. It may take 24–48 hours to schedule this work.
  6. When the meter box and setter is ready, the Plumbing Contractor must book an inspection. Call the Plumbing section at 604-591-4245 (option 3).
  7. The City’s Plumbing Inspector will attend the site, inspect the water meter box and setter, and if accepted, provide “Final Plumbing Approval”.
  8. Upon approval, Engineering Operations will install the water meter. It may take several weeks to schedule this work.

Meter box installation guidelines

It is the Plumbing Contractor’s responsibility to safely locate all underground infrastructure ahead of any excavations.

The Plumbing Contractor must follow the detailed Meter Installation Guidelines to ensure acceptance of the work.


If you have any questions about the program, email Youngjin.Kim@surrey.ca or call 604-591-4831.