Permits & Inspections

COVID-19 Info: Permit application are being processed as normal.

The Town of Cochrane takes its responsibility for safety seriously. We inspect and approve design and construction for building, electrical, gas and plumbing work to ensure they comply with all relevant codes and standards. Permits grant legal permission to begin construction of a building project, including new construction, alterations, renovations, relocations, basement development and decks above 24 inches from grade.

The estimated time to process a building permit application is 10 business days.  The count starts from the day after a complete application is received.  To avoid any delays ensure all documentation has been submitted.

Online permit process
All Town permit applications (building, electrical, gas, plumbing) can be filled out and submitted online, saving paper and dealing with applications efficiently. And if you pay by phone, we’ll email your final permit — no trip to the RancheHouse required!

Here’s how it works:

  • Select the appropriate permit application form from the list below.
  • Fill in your information (use these instructions for reference)
  • Submit via email to
    Note: We’ll be in touch if any information is missing or needs to be clarified.
  • We will contact you to inform you that your permit is ready for release upon payment of fees.
  • Start your work!

Details and permit application forms
STEP 1: Review the Permit information and inspection requirements

STEP 2: Application forms/packages

For homeowners:

For contractors:

Energy Code Compliance

Barrier Free Design Guide

Alberta’s Building, Fire and Energy Codes are available as a free digital download from the NRC