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Community Care Facilities License Inspection Request

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We conduct safety inspections of community care facilities, on behalf of the Fraser Health Authority, as part of the Community Care Facilities Licensing Process.

Community Care Facilities Inspection Process

Prior to contacting the City of Surrey for inspections for child (daycare), or adult care, facilities an application must be made with Fraser Health. Please ensure you have researched the location you are planning to operate from so that you are aware of the building permits that have been taken out on the property. You can research the file using our Building Records Search and request a copy of the building permit(s). You may also request copies of the plans on file (in person), provided you are the registered owner, to ensure the floor layout matches what is on file at City Hall. Please visit the 2nd Floor West at City Hall with valid identification.

After an initial review of the application submitted to our office by a Fraser Health Licensing Officer we will contact you to arrange for payment for inspections. You will be contacted within 5 to 10 business days of the City receiving your application. Make sure you've been contacted by City of Surrey Building Inspections staff before submitting your payment.

Commercial Locations

For Community Care Facilities located in commercial spaces applicants are required to contact the Planning Division (604-591-4448) to check the zoning of the property. It is strongly advised this inquiry is made prior to submitting an application to Fraser Health in order to avoid a delay or possible rejection of an application. You are required to provide proof of your zoning inquiry and result to the Building Inspections Section (buildinginspectionrequests@surrey.ca) before we can proceed with inspections. In many instances a Tenant Improvement Permit will be required in order to operate a CCF in a commercial space. This inquiry can be made with the Commercial Plan Review Section (uccommercialsection@surrey.ca or 604-591-1408). When applying for a building permit a separate application and plans are required to be submitted to Commercial Plan Review. Plans will not be forwarded between departments.

Paying your inspection fee

A fee ($117 plus applicable taxes) will be required by the City to conduct safety inspections on behalf of the Fraser Health Community Care Facilities Licensing.

There are 2 ways to pay for your inspection fee:

Once the payment has been accepted you may contact the Building Inspections section (604-591-4231, press "1") to arrange for an inspection by the Building Inspector. Your application will also be forwarded to the Electrical (604-591-4240) and Fire Department inspectors. Once all inspection areas have submitted their results a letter will be sent to the Fraser Health office, as well as to the applicant, to advise of any deficiencies that require correction. It is the responsibility of the applicant to correct any deficiencies and recall the inspection to the appropriate department. An approval letter will be sent out after all items have been corrected.

To avoid delays in your inspection request processing,

  • make sure the zoning of the proposed facility permits a child care use for the number of children requested, and
  • check that all building and construction work (including electrical work that's been done in the proposed facility) has a City permit, where a permit is required.

Re-inspection fees may apply if you are not at the proposed facility location to meet the City inspector for a scheduled inspection. If a City inspector has to attend the proposed facility location more than 2 times, re-inspection fees may apply.

Review your Community Care Facility application package provided to applicants by FHA for details on what's included in the City of Surrey inspections. Please note we do not do inspections of possible locations prior to receiving an application for a Community Care Facility.

Contact our Building Inspections team by email at buildinginspectionrequests@surrey.ca or by phone at 604-591-4231 (press "0") with any questions on the Community Care Facilities License Inspection process, or paying your Community Care Facilities License Inspection request fee online.