To build any structure in Cochrane, you need an approved development permit before work can start. Applications for permits must comply with the Land Use Bylaw and include detailed information about the building and its connections to Town services and utilities.
An addition to a building
Replacement or repair of a building
Construction on, over or under a building
Construction on, over or under an addition to a building
Any excavation or stockpile of material
A change of use of land or a building
Action that results in or is likely to result in a change in the use of a land or building
A change in the intensity of use of land or a building
Action that results in or is likely to result in change to the intensity of use of land or a building
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Step 3: apply for a building permit and, if applicable, electrical, plumbing and gas permits (after the Notice of Decision is issued).
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. 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) renders 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.
Development Authority decisions may be appealed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. To appeal, complete and submit a Notice of Appeal form within 14 days of the Notice of Decision appearing in the local newspaper.