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Planning & Development

Picture Your Business in Cochrane

The Town of Cochrane wants to see its business sector and entrepreneurial spirit see continuous growth. Because of this, the town does not require new businesses to purchase a municipal business license. The town requires that businesses register only with the province as per provincial regulations.

Charges & Fees

The Town of Cochrane imposes minimal development charges for its new potential businesses. Below is a table that identifies the most current development fees for new businesses.

Type of Business
Commercial | Industrial
$32.00 Application Fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built
All other new construction
$32.00 Application Fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built
Temporary | Partial building permit
$32.00 Application Fee + $8.00 per $1,000.00 value of the structure being built
Demolition permit
Development agreement
Development Permit
Development Charges
Compliance letter
Contact Us

Get in touch with the town’s Chief Building Officer today. They will guide you through the licensing and development process, making sure you are legally set for any registration that is needed before construction begins.

Kurtis King

Chief Building Officer

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361 

Email Kurtis

Building Permits

To learn more about building permits and to access the building permit application form, simply click on the link below.

Reasons to start a new business in Cochrane

Do you have an innovative business idea? Are you new to town and brought your business along with you with nowhere to put it? Do you want to be your own boss? Cochrane is open for business and welcomes you.

We can help you find grant monies, lower financing opportunities, develop the right business plan and direct you to the right resources to ensure your new business idea becomes a reality. Discover and be part of the wonderfully unexpected.

It is beneficial for the town to have new businesses enter, be successful, and stay awhile. So, we are serious when we say that we are here to help you in every step of the way. Do not hesitate to get in touch.

Looking to expand or relocate your business? Whether you need more space, an extension of resources, an entirely new location, the Town of Cochrane Economic Development team can help you achieve your longer term business goals.


The following featured application document and bylaws may be of particular interest to business individuals who may be looking to expand or relate their current business. In addition, we’ve also included applications for certain business events using specific town locations.

Expanding your business doesn’t necessarily mean building an extension to your current facility. It may mean where you are now is simply too small and you need to move locations, or that your business would be better suited to serve your clientele from a different location in town.

Whatever your relocation needs are, the Town of Cochrane can help you find your next best spot for your business and ensure that this new location abides by the town bylaws, zoning, restrictions, and official plan boundaries to ensure moving your business doesn’t cost you more than it should.

Cochrane Board of Trade

As a new business to town, you can join the Cochrane Board of Trade and benefit from all the perks they offer businesses in town. Take advantage of membership benefits like networking opportunities, town hall advocacy, community outreach programs, and much more.

The Cochrane Board of Trade creates a favourable environment for commerce in Cochrane and area. Its mission is to promote and improve trade, tourism and commerce, thereby enhancing the economic, civil, and social welfare of the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area.

Becoming a member

Being a member of the Cochrane Board of Trade connects you to a network of fellow business owners, gives you the opportunity to take advantage of member discounts, and supports local initiatives.

Cochrane Board of Trade

4 Third Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4926
Fax: 705-272-3026

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Cochrane Board of Trade

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