Compliance Letters

As part of a real estate transaction, your lending agency may request a compliance certificate from the municipality to certify that the property meets applicable conditions and bylaws.

Due to high application volume we are currently quoting 7-10 business day turnaround

Please be advised of the following changes to the Compliance Letter review process:

  • The Town of Cochrane will request that an Encroachment Agreement be entered into when required. Encroachment applications will not be accepted at this time.  
  • The Town of Cochrane will no longer re-issue a compliance letter once the issue causing the initial non-compliance has been addressed. In such cases, the applicant must re-apply to obtain a compliance letter from the Town. 
  • The Town of Cochrane will only respond to inquiries from the applicant.

Compliance verification includes:

  • Review of the regulations in Cochrane's Land Use Bylaw for various types of improvements on the land (i.e. house, deck, garage etc.), including setbacks 
  • Review of encroachments into easements, rights-of-way and municipal properties (i.e. roads, lanes and parks, etc.)
  • Ensuring applicable development permits were issued for structures on-site (eg. house, garage)

Verification does not include:

  • Review of fences, walls or any other encroachments between private property owners
  • Completion of building permit requirements under the Alberta Building Code

Thinking about requesting a compliance letter?

Step 1: Fill out a Letter of Compliance Application

Step 2: Submit your application form by email to  with the following:

  • Original PDF of the Real Property Report (no more than 365 days old and unsecured; copies, photos or scans will not be accepted)
  • encroachment agreement (if applicable)
  • the appropriate fee 
    • acceptable methods of payment are: in-person by debit, cheque, Visa or Mastercard OR over the phone by Visa or Mastercard (we will call you to collect when application received) .

What happens next?

If we require clarification or a revised RPR, we will contact you and/or the surveyor.
Once we conclude our review we will email the applicant the results.