Planning staff handle a wide variety of applications related to development in Cochrane. If you're planning a project, discuss your proposal with Planning staff as soon as possible. We can provide early guidance, describe the process and ensure you are headed in the right direction:
- Phone: 403-851-2570
There are fees associated with most Planning processes. Check the fee schedule.
Accessory suites are self-contained dwellings, usually located within an existing building on a residential lot. To help provide housing options in Cochrane, the Town allows accessory suites as a discretionary use in certain residential districts. Accessory suites are approved on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of 10% of lots in a neighbourhood.
Building Permits and Inspections
We inspect and approve design and construction for building, electrical, gas and plumbing work to ensure it complies with all relevant acts and bylaws. Building permits grant legal permission to begin construction of a building project.
Community Enhancement Evaluation
The Community Enhancement Evaluation is an tool for developers to identify community characteristics that Council wishes to see in future developments. The evaluation also provides both Council and the public access to development proposals earlier in the application process.
As part of a real estate transaction, your lending agency may request proof that the property meets applicable conditions and bylaws. Requests with no complications can be completed in about a week.
Day homes are childcare businesses operating within a home. Cochrane's Land Use Bylaw allows day homes provided they meet all the requirements.
Any structure constructed in Cochrane needs an approved development permit before work can start. Applications must include detailed information about the building and its connections to Town services and utilities.
Wondering if there are approved development applications in your neighbourhood? Or if there's an approved application in that vacant lot you pass every day?
A home-based business is when one of the permanent residents in a dwelling unit conducts a gainful occupation or business activity in the dwelling. The Land Use Bylaw allows home-based businesses provided they meet all the requirements.
Mobile Food Vendors
Cochrane loves food trucks! Find out how you can operate one here.
Real Property Report
Need a real property report (RPR)?
- Alberta Land Surveyors' Association lists companies that do surveys and create reports
Signs are a great way to get your information out to the community. Signs in Cochrane are guided by specific regulations.
Statutory Plan Amendments
Cochrane’s statutory plans guide planning and development in Town. Amendments become necessary if a proposed development does not fit planning policies contained in them.