The City of Surrey aims to improve the quality of care that drug and alcohol recovery homes provide in the city. A corporate report before Surrey council on Monday, April 12 called on the politicians to amend the city’s business license bylaw to require operators of recovery homes – also known as group homes, sober living and transition homes – to enter into a housing agreement with the City of Surrey as a condition of licensing and to permit the levying of new $200 fines to recovery homes in contravention of their agreement.
The business licensing bylaw requires all applicants for a drug and alcohol recovery licence to submit to a criminal background check, keep a register book of all people being provided accommodation, including arrival and departure dates, require all residents to sign the register, and produce all registration orders when requested by a police inspector or the chief constable.
The recommendations were passed without debate. Business licence renewals begin on Nov. 1.