Permits & Inspections


Permit application are being processed as normal. Payments will be taken over the phone. On site inspections will resume July 6,2020 but the option of virtual inspections will still be offered where the site conditions may pose a risk to the inspectors, owners and/or contractors.

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 via email, saving paper and dealing with applications efficiently. Payments can be completed over the phone then we’ll email your final permit — no trip to the RancheHouse required!

Here’s how it works:

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

STEP 2: Application forms/packages

For homeowners:

For contractors:

Online Contractor Portal is now live. If you already have a valid permit and have not signed up for access, please click Sign Up. If you have already signed up, Click Here to log in.

Secondary Suite Information

Energy Code Compliance

Barrier Free Design Guide

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