A home-based business is when one of the permanent residents in a home conducts a gainful occupation or business activity in the dwelling. Cochrane's Land Use Bylaw allows home-based businesses (including day homes and bed & breakfast) provided they meet all the requirements.
General rules for home-based businesses
Only those who live in the home may work in the business
Only one business vehicle is allowed; it must be parked on-site (not on the street)
Signs or advertising are not allowed on the home
A sign is allowed on a business-related vehicle
No outside storage of goods and materials related to the business
No nuisances (noise, vibration, smoke, dust, fumes,
odours, heat, glare, or electrical or radio interference) may be detectable
beyond the property limits
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.