As residents of the City of Surrey, you have been witness to the tremendous growth over the last decade. On pace to become Metro Vancouver’s “new downtown“, approximately 1,250 people are moving to this city every single month. Surrey construction, therefore, is also growing at a rapid pace.

Currently, Surrey City Centre is projected to double its population to 70,000 residents by 2041, making it the second-highest urban populated area in the Province of British Columbia; however, growth is not restricted to the City Centre alone. Growth of infrastructure, both residential and commercial, is a key area of focus for the City throughout the next decade.

With this growth comes opportunity. If Surrey is a City that provides opportunity for you and your family, this article will share what you need to know about building a home in the area.

Here are 5 things you need to know about Surrey Construction in 2021

For a single family dwelling, working with a professional like Bowline Construction is essential; however, we have covered what you need to know about building a home – specifically in the City of Surrey.


1. Research your lot and determine what you can build 

Depending on your vision, you may need to apply and pay for different or additional permits. This first step is essential to determine what you can and cannot do with your land.

During the research phase, consider the following:

  • What type of buildings you can have according to the City of Surrey construction zoning bylaw
  • Conditions or potential restrictions on the lot
  • Determine if your lot is within environmental protection areas
  • Engineering requirements, like sanitation or storm connections


2. After performing research, you will need to apply for permits 

There are two permits that you could apply for – Building Permit and Driveway Permit.

With a Building Permit, you will need to submit an application if you are building a single family dwelling. You can learn more about the process here.

A driveway permit applies if you are demolishing, or will be constructing, a driveway on your property


3. Building is a game of strategy and patience

Permit application processing can take approximately 12 weeks for complete applications. During this stage, be patient and consider using this time to focus on your drafting plans.


4. Following permit approval, you will enter the construction phase 

Congratulations! If you have made it to this stage, this means you have passed the steps it takes to get your application approved.

In the construction phase, inspections from the City of Surrey will be required at various stages. In addition, approved drawings must be on-site at all times. It is important to note that the City requires approval if there are any revisions to your building plans following the initial issued and approved permit.


5. Final occupancy inspection is essential prior to move-in

Before anyone has moved into your home, the City of Surrey requires a final inspection. Be sure to work with your professional to book this walk-through.


While it can seem like an overwhelming process, our team at Bowline Construction are always focused on making your residential build a straight-forward and fun process for home owners. We work with you strategically and with transparency, ensuring your vision is executed along every step of the way. To learn more about how we work, read this article here.