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Converting a Single Family Dwelling to a Commercial Building Permit

Building Permit to Convert an Existing Single Family Dwelling to a Commercial Building

You need a Building Permit in Surrey to convert an existing single family dwelling to a commercial building.

How to apply

Complete the Building Permit Application Form and submit the required documents, plans, and fees to the City of Surrey’s Building Division.

Professionals you may need

A Registered Professional (RP) may be required for the Architectural, Structural, Civil, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Landscape disciplines based on the extent of the proposed work. A Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) will be required if there is more than one RP involved with the project.

Prerequisites

In most cases, a property with an existing SFD will need to be rezoned to allow commercial use. The Planning Division will also determine if a Development Permit is required.

Required documents

Include the following documents with your Building Permit application:

Drawing requirements

Include the following plans, sealed and signed by the applicable Registered Professional:

  • four (4) sets of plans:
    • architectural (including site plan);
    • plumbing;
    • structural;
    • electrical;
    • civil (including lot grading);
    • landscape; and
    • mechanical.

In some cases, submission of plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and/or civil drawings can be waived based on the extent of the proposed work. Consult with the respective Building Division Sections for the criteria and permission to waive the requirements for drawings and accompanying Schedule B.

Cost/fees

The Building Permit fee will be based on the value of construction and must be paid prior to the issuance of the permit.

Other permit information

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  • Zoning

    All proposed construction shall comply with the British Columbia Building Code, the City of Surrey Zoning Bylaw and any other City Bylaw or regulation that may be applicable. In most cases, a property with an existing single family dwelling will need to be rezoned to allow a commercial use.

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  • Related Permits

    • Development Permit
    • Fire Sprinkler Permit
    • Sign Permit