You do not need a permit if you are building a fence that is in compliance with Cochrane’s Land Use Bylaw (Sections 11.6 and 11.7). This means the fence height should not exceed 2.0m in the rear yard, and should not exceed 1.0m in the front yard. For corner lots, sightlines have to be maintained. This means the property corner facing two streets should maintain a 7.6m x 7.6m triangle sightline, in which no vegetation or structures should exceed 1.0m in height. Also, many properties in Town have utility right-of-ways in their front yards. A fence should not be placed within the right-of-way.
As with any project where digging is required, always do a locate request through Alberta One Call.
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A variety of local bylaws and provincial regulations govern when you need a permit. This may also vary with the specific circumstances surrounding your project. It is always best to contact Permits and Inspections at 403-851-2572 to discuss the specifics before starting any new work. Click here to see a list of work that requires permits.
The Safety Codes Act requires that all contractors and homeowners in Alberta obtain permits prior to commencing work on buildings covered by the Alberta Building and Fire Codes, the Canadian Electrical Code, the Gas Codes or the National Plumbing Code. Click here to see a list of work that requires permits