Service Connections and Sewer Extensions
Service connections are pipes that connect the drains from the toilets, showers, sinks, laundry machines and dishwashers in your home or business to the City’s sanitary sewer system.
Learn how to:
- Connect to the sanitary sewer system (new service connection);
- Replace your existing sanitary service connection;
- Apply for a sanitary sewer extension to your property in order to connect to the sanitary sewer system.
As a property owner, you are responsible for maintaining your sanitary service connection from the building drain(s) to the property line. Learn more about your maintenance responsibilities.
You can find more information on service connections, sewer extensions and general use of the sanitary sewer system, including what the City considers to be prohibited and restricted waste, in the City's Sanitary Sewer Bylaw No. 16611 and Metro Vancouver's Sewer Use Bylaw No. 299.
User fees and charges for sanitary services are in the City's Fee Setting Bylaw No. 14577. Fines are outlined in the Municipal Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw No. 12508.
Finding Your Service Connection
You will find the service connection on your property one of the following three ways:
- Look for a cap or lid in your lawn or driveway near the property line fronting the road. Your service connection is under this lid. The red cap is your sanitary service and the green cap is your drainage service. Some older homes or buildings may not have a cap or lid over the service connection. The cap or lid could also be buried beneath landscaping or your driveway;
- COSMOS - the City Of Surrey Mapping Online System; or,
- Call the Engineering Department at 604-591-4340.
The City does not have information on service connection locations on private property. You may need to hire a plumber to locate the service connection between your home or business and your property line.