Development Guidelines

Civil Land Development Technologists work closely with planning staff on the development approval process. Their expertise with technical requirements helps ensure that infrastructure in Cochrane is designed and installed in accordance with local standards. The department is involved in capital projects, subdivisions, development permits, building permits, shallow utilities, stormwater management and homeowner drainage/grading concerns.  

Standards and Guidelines

Cochrane follows many standards and guidelines that regulate development, including some from the City of Calgary. These guidelines can be viewed in the City’s Planning & Development Resource Library.


To request a Construction Completion Certificate (CCC) or Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) inspection, please complete and send the following form to a member of the Civil Land Development team. If you do not have a current contact for your subdivision, please send your request to the email listed at the bottom of the form.

Please note, inspections are weather dependent and will not be conducted between the dates of November 15 and April 1 of each year. Further, landscaping inspections will not be conducted from October 1 to June 1 of each year. 

Inspection Request Form

Forms and certificates

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Accessory Suite Application
Accessory suites are self-contained dwellings, usually located within an existing building on a residential lot. Accessory suites are approved on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of 10% of lots in a neighbourhood.
Accessory Suite Application Checklist
Accessory Suite Guidelines
Construction Completion Certificate (CCC)
Construction Completion Certificate - Landscaping (CCC)
Construction Completion Certificate/Final Acceptance Certificate Checklist
Construction Completion Certificate (CCC) and Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) Document Checklist
Development Permit Application for General Development and Accessory Suites
Dewatering & Pumping Permit
Secondary Suites
A secondary suite, also known as an accessory suite, is a separate dwelling located on a property with a single-detached or semi-detached house with its own living, cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities. Accessory Suites provide an affordable housing…
Street Use Permit - Schedule D
Temporary Road Closure Permit Application

Helpful Tip

While a new development is being constructed, the developer is responsible for all public infrastructure. Cochrane takes ownership after successful construction completion, a maintenance period and a final inspection.

Disclaimer: Cochrane does not directly offer or supply engineering services. All engineering services are provided through qualified and legally authorized third-party companies and individuals.