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Outdoor Seating Area Permit

Building Permit to Create an Outdoor Seating Area

You need an Outdoor Seating Area Building Permit in Surrey to create an eating or licensed beverage establishment.

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

Any proposed fence or trellis greater than 1.8m (6ft) in height and all roofs require the involvement of a Structural Registered Professional (RP). A Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) is required if there is more than one RP.

Prerequisites

The Planning Division shall determine if the proposed outdoor seating will comply with approved Development Permit conditions for the site. Applicants are advised to consult with the Planning Division prior to applying for a Building Permit to add outdoor seating.

All existing work within the subject tenant space must have been constructed under a previously issued Building Permit.

An outdoor seating area cannot be located in a required setback from a property line. The sidewalk around an outdoor seating area shall not be less than 1.5m (5ft) wide and shall remain unobstructed at all times.

An exit gate shall be provided if the outdoor seating area is enclosed. The exit gate shall meet all the exit and accessibility requirements of the BC Building Code and shall not be obstructed at any time.

The Fraser Health Authority must review the drawings prior to the Building Permit application submission.

Required documents

Include the following documents with your Outdoor Seating Area Permit application:

  • a Building Permit Application Form;
  • a Building Permit Application Checklist;
  • an Owner Authorization Form (if the Applicant is not the Owner);
  • a Schedule A from the Coordinating Registered Professiona (if applicable);
  • a Schedule B to accompany each Registered Professional’s sealed and signed drawings;
  • calculations showing the required number of water closets based on the total occupant load (including the outdoor seats); and
  • calculations showing the required number of parking spaces.

Required drawings

Include the following plans with your Outdoor Seating Area Permit application:

  • four (4) sets of plans:
    • site plan showing the proposed location of the outdoor seating area, the distances to the property lines, and the location of any sidewalks;
    • elevation drawings if there is any proposed fence, trellis, or roof for the outdoor seating area; and
    • sealed and signed structural drawings for any proposed fence or trellis greater than 1.8 m (6 ft) in height. All roofs require sealed and signed structural drawings.

Cost/fees

The Building Permit fee is due at the time of application for your Outdoor Seating Area Permit.

After you apply

Fraser Health Authority approval is required again before requesting a final inspection.

Other permit information

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  • Zoning

    All proposed construction shall comply with the British Columbia Building Code, the City of Surrey Zoning By-law and any other City By-law or regulation that may be applicable.

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  • Fabric Canopy

    Any fabric canopy shall conform to CAN/ULC-S109 "Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films" as required by the BC Building Code.

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  • Related Permits

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