Business Licences

New Businesses

Welcome to Cochrane! We wish you and your business every success here. If you’re looking for contacts and resources to help your business, please contact our helpful Business Development staff.

Depending on the type of business and your location, you may also need a municipal development permit or other municipal, provincial and federal authorizations. Follow the steps in BizPaL for a complete list.

Business Licence Application and Process 

  1. Fill out a Business Licence Application
  2. We will review your application and contact you to pay the fee.
  3. You may be required to get a fire inspection; to book email fire inspection
    ( the fire inspection fee ($50+GST)

Once your application and fee are received, you will receive a Business Licence Certificate. The annual certificate is required to be posted in a conspicuous place at your business location so that it is clearly visible to the public.

If your business does not have a fixed location, you must carry a wallet card (issued with certificate) on your person and/or carried in or on the vehicle from which the business is conducted. Proof of your valid current business licence must be shown on demand.

Established Businesses

Watch for your business licence renewal invoice at the beginning of December each year. You may also be required to book a fire inspection. According to the Business Licence Bylaw 22/2018, invoices not paid prior to February 1 will be levied a flat rate penalty of $30.


Please contact us with any questions.