Compliance LETTERs

As part of a real estate transaction, your lending agency may request a compliance certificate from the municipality to certify that the property meets applicable conditions and bylaws.

Due to high application volume we are currently quoting 20-25 business day turnaround

Please be advised of the following changes to the Compliance Letter review process:

  • The Town of Cochrane will no longer accept requests to enter into an encroachment agreement where a building or structure encroaches into public property or a Town owned easement or right-of-way.
  • The Town of Cochrane will no longer re-issue a compliance letter once the issue causing the initial non-compliance has been addressed. In such cases, the applicant must re-apply to obtain a compliance letter from the Town

Compliance verification includes:

  • Review of the regulations in Cochrane's Land Use Bylaw for various types of improvements on the land (i.e. house, deck, garage etc.), including setbacks and parking
  • Review of encroachments into easements, rights-of-way and municipal properties (i.e. roads, lanes and parks, etc.)
  • Ensuring applicable development permits were issued for structures on-site (eg. house, garage, shed, deck)

Verification does not include:

  • Review of fences, walls or any other encroachments between private property owners
  • Completion of building permit requirements under the Alberta Building Code

Thinking about requesting a compliance certificate?

Step 1: Fill out a Compliance Certificate Application Form

Step 2: Submit your application form with the following to planning@cochrane.ca:

  • PDF copy of the Real Property Report (no more than 365 days old)
  • encroachment agreement (if applicable)
  • the appropriate fee(listed on the application form)
    • acceptable methods of payment are: in-person debit, cheque, Visa or Mastercard or credit card over the phone

What happens next?
If we require clarification or a revised RPR, we will contact you and/or the surveyor.
Once we conclude our review we will email you the results.