Residential Building Permits
We are currently processing permit applications for construction of Single Family Dwellings received on December 8, 2016.
When you need a Permit
You will usually need a residential building permit for building or renovating work, like:
- building a house,
- finishing a basement,
- building an addition, detached garage or accessory building or
- interior renovations.
Scroll down to see the A to Z Residential Buildings Permit List to learn the requirements for residential permits, such as Deck Permits, Demolition Permits and Basement Finishing Permits.
Separate plumbing and electrical permits are required for any plumbing and electrical work. Plumbing and electrical permits may be applied for only after you've been issued the building permit.
When you don't need a Permit
You don't need a building permit for projects like
- replacing flooring,
- minor repairs to the exterior of your home,
- building a fence (not needed in some situations) or
- building a storage shed (not needed in some situations).
Building a Storage Shed
If the proposed building is under 105 square feet (10m2) and used for storage purposes only, you don't require a building permit. However, siting requirements, building height and lot coverage for your zone will still apply. Roof overhangs and foundations cannot project into the neighbouring property. Find your zoning information on our COSMOS mapping system.
Building a Fence
Find fencing regulations under Subsection 8 of Section E of Part 4 of General Provisions in the Surrey Zoning By-law 12000. A building permit is not required. A fence is to be located on your property. If you and your neighbour decide to share a fence, the City of Surrey has no jurisdiction in disputes arising over fences. Fences cannot be located on City property or on any City right-of-way or easement areas.
If you don't know where your property line is, your lot information may be on record with the City of Surrey. Search for your property survey with a Building Records Search. You may have to hire a registered British Columbia Land Surveyor to come to your property and find your property lines.
Building Permit Forms
- Building Permit Application Form (Example Only)
- Damage Deposit Form
- Owner's Authorization Form
- Permit Revision Application Form
- Part 9 Energy Efficiency
- Residential Zoning Data Sheet
Building permit application forms are available at the Building Division front counter.
Building Permit Fees
Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or debit. Credit cards are not accepted. See the current City of Surrey building permit fees.
Residential Building Permits
Find the details on how to apply for the most popular types of building permits. This list is not comprehensive. If you have doubts on whether you require a permit for your work, call the Building Information Line at 604-591-4366.
Get information on permits for Accessory Buildings.
Apply for an Addition Permit for an addition to a single family dwelling or duplex.
Get information about construction without permits
Apply for a Crescent Beach Floodplain Residential Building Permit for properties located in the Crescent Beach floodplain
Apply for a Deck Permit when constructing a deck addition on a house.
Apply for a guide to decommission an in ground swimming pool.
Find out all the requirements and application process to demolish any building or structure in Surrey.
Apply for a Detached Garage or Accessory Building Permit for residential garages and accessory buildings
Apply for an Interior Renovation Permit for an interior renovation project in a single family dwelling or detached home.
Apply for a permit to remove an underground storage tank on a residential property.
Apply for a Retaining Wall Permit for a retaining wall on a residential property
Apply for a Secondary Suite Permit for legal secondary suites or structures
Apply for a Single Family Dwelling Basement Finishing Permit for detached homes and single family dwelling homes.
Apply for a New Single Family Dwelling Permit to construct a new single family dwelling.
Apply for a permit to install solar panels on existing buildings, as part of a photovoltaic (PV) system or solar hot water (SHW) system.
Apply for a Swimming Pool Permit to install an above ground swimming pool, indoor swimming pool or hot tub.