Building Permits & Inspections

New Alberta Building Code

The new edition of the Alberta Building, Fire and National Energy Codes has been released. 

Building Permits are required to meet the applicable updated code. Projects that have submitted a Development Permit prior to May 1, 2024 can adhere to the previous code version. Development Permits applied for after May 1, 2024 will be subject to the newest code requirements.

Under the Safety Codes Act, you are required to obtain a building permit before beginning work on buildings covered by relevant codes. This includes the Alberta Building and Fire Codes, the Canadian Electrical Code, the Gas Codes and the National Plumbing Code.

If you are planning work, there may be additional, specific circumstances to consider. We encourage you to contact Permits and Inspections to discuss your project before beginning any work. For quick reference, refer to the lists below for what work does and does not require a permit. 

Get your permit, start your project.

Permit application process

  1. Select the appropriate permit application form (see Forms & Applications).
  2. Fill in your information (read the Paperless Application Instructions).
  3. Submit the form via email to safety.codes@cochrane.ca
    • Staff will be in touch if any information is missing or needs clarification.
  4. You will be contacted when your permit is ready for release upon payment of fees. 
    • Most applications are completed within 10 business days.
  5. Start your work.
  6. Book your inspections.

Homeowner permit applications

As a homeowner, you are able to obtain building, electrical and plumbing permits. A certified gas fitter is required to obtain a gas permit. 

Homeowner Form Library

 

Contractor permit applications

Prior to submitting a permit application, please review the requirements listed below for each application. 

Contractor Form Library

Online Contractor Portal

Our Online Contractor Portal is now live. If you already have a valid permit and have not done so, please sign up.

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