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Soil & Erosion


Surrey manages three types of soil issues: soil deposit or removal, soil erosion, and dealing with contaminated soil. Moving soil around or off of your site can affect the drainage patterns of your surroundings. Therefore, for soil amounts greater than 15 cubic meters (m3), you will need a soil permit.


Soil that washes off construction sites during periods of wet weather becomes sediment and can have detrimental impacts on drainage systems and the receiving waterways. Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) is the practice of implementing both basic and engineered controls on construction sites to reduce the amount and volume of eroded soils washing off these sites when it rains.

Learn more about the management of soil-related issues, such as getting an ESC Permit, a Soil Deposition Permit, or preventing storm water pollution.


ESC in Surrey

Erosion & Sediment Control

Learn how to make sure your site is protecting Surrey's stormwater and watercourses.

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Erosion & Sediment Control Bylaw

Learn how the Erosion and Sediment Control Bylaw affects you and your site.

Site with an ESC Permit

Erosion & Sediment Control Permit

Apply for and manage your ESC Permit. ESC Supervisors can access the online supervisor portal.

Soil and erosion

Soil Deposit & Removal Permits

Learn about Surrey's soil deposition and removal processes and permit requirements.

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Ditch Enclosures & Driveway Culverts

Learn what you need to install a driveway culvert, or how to infill or enclose a ditch in Surrey.

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Living Near Steep Slopes

Learn about proper property management if you live on or near a steep slope or ravine.

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Contaminated Sites

Learn the City of Surrey's role in managing contaminated sites.

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