Day Homes

Day homes are childcare businesses operating within a home. Cochrane's Land Use Bylaw allows day homes provided they meet all the requirements:

  • your day home may have a maximum of six clients
  • at least two on-site parking stalls are required (one designated for pick-up/drop-off)
  • employees must also be residents of the home (occasional, temporary and part-time employees are allowed)
  • no signs are allowed on the home, except one that identifies the home as a member of a community-based day home association (a sign is allowed on your vehicle)
  • have a current Business Licence

Thinking about starting a day home?

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Complete and submit a day home development permit application 

Tip: use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to apply.

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, Town staff give it a thorough review and determine if there is sufficient information to make a decision. If we need more information, we'll get in touch to let you know what's missing. 

In some cases, your application is circulated to various Town departments and outside agencies for comment and we conduct a site visit. We'll let you know if there are any comments so you can address them. 

The Development Authority (Development Officer or the Cochrane Planning Commission-CPC) will render a decision on the application as soon as possible (within 40 days; longer if you have granted an extension). CPC meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

After reviewing the development proposal, comments and recommendations, the Development Officer or CPC may approve the application, place conditions on the approval or cite reasons for refusal. 


Decisions may be appealed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. To appeal, complete and submit a Notice of Appeal form within 21 days of the Notice of Decision.