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Sustainable Development Checklist

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The City of Surrey promotes sustainable development with our Sustainable Development Checklist (SDC) for Planning and Development applications.

The Sustainable Development Checklist promotes sustainable land use and building design. It is designed to help residents, builders and developers consider development projects that support the well-being of the community, respect the natural environment, and use less resources and money to operate.

The Checklist also allows developers to better protect their properties from natural hazards and create a healthy space for future occupants.

It can also give developers the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts through the City Awards Program, which celebrates excellence in Design and Community Development.

Submitting a Sustainable Development Checklist

The Sustainability Development Checklist is separated into the 2 distinct stages of the development approval process: Stage 1 is for Land Use Development Applications and Stage 2 (coming soon!) is for Building Permit Applications. Stage 2 Checklists will be based on Council-Approved development proposals that have undergone a Stage 1 Checklist review.

Completing the Sustainable Development Checklist process involves attending a pre-application meeting with City staff determine if you need to submit a Checklist. If it is deemed required, you will then complete and submit a Checklist along with a completed land use application (Stage 1) or a building permit application (Stage 2).

Staff in various departments will review your completed Checklist and discuss the submission with you as part of the development application process.

A brief summary of the project Checklist will be attached to Land Use Planning Reports to Council, highlighting the Sustainable Development features of your project.

For more information, see the Sustainability Checklist Process Flowchart.

Sustainable Development Checklist Forms

Download the interactive Checklist form that applies to your development proposal, or request a copy of the checklist from the Planning and Development Department at Surrey City Hall.

Only 1 Checklist per development site needs to be submitted at the land use application stage, even though there may be multiple concurrent applications being processed for the site, such as a Official Community Plan amendment or a rezoning and development permit.

You'll submit the Stage 2 component of the Checklist at the time of building permit application for a site that has undergone a Stage 1 review and has been approved by Council.

Additional Materials

The Sustainable Development Checklist seeks information that is generally available at the time you submit a development application to the City. However, you might be asked for items such as photos of installed systems or products, design drawings, professional reports, copies of receipts, or other records that can be used to verify the implementation of the selected sustainability measures.

We encourage you to provide as much information as possible to assist City staff in their review of development proposals. Note that the relevance of the Checklist questions will depend on the nature and scope of your project, so not all questions will be applicable to all projects.

Public Access to Sustainable Development Checklists

The public may request a copy of any completed Checklist related to a development application. Copies of the checklist are maintained by the Planning and Development Department. The Department makes Checklists available at the Surrey Sustainability office following completion of the project.

Measuring Sustainable Development Checklist Results

The Sustainable Development Checklist is not graded or scored – there is no pass or fail. Instead, the purpose of the Checklist is to encourage developers to address issues early and submit proposals that are more sustainable than they would otherwise have been.

Our ultimate goal is to help promote sustainable regeneration in the City as per the Sustainability Charter, and be consistent with the Triple Bottom Line approach to developing land in Surrey. We expect the checklist to evolve over time, as we all gain experience in its administration.

Learn more about how we're creating a more sustainable Surrey through community, corporate and clean tech action.

Sustainable Development Checklist Contacts

Land Development Process (Stage 2 Checklist)
Area Planning
604-591-4485

Building Permit Process (Stage 2 Checklist)
Building 
604-591-4366

Sustainable Development in Surrey 
Sustainability Office 
604-598-5833

General Sustainable Development Checklist Inquiry 
Community Planning 
604-591-4307