PROTECTIVE

SERVICES

The Town of Cochrane is a place that prides itself on making residents, visitors and investors alike feel as though they are a part of the fabric of the community. The town offers a strong and diverse set of community services within all four seasons.

  • Fire Department
  • Planning Division
  • Building Division
  • Bylaw Division
  • Animal Care & Control
  • Police Services
  • Accessibility

Fire

DEPARTMENT

The Cochrane Volunteer Fire Department provides protection from fire, life-threatening emergencies and dangerous conditions through a team approach in regards to fire protection, fire prevention and public education.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Cochrane Fire Department is comprised of 38 dedicated, trained firefighters, which includes Fire Chief Richard Vallée, Deputy Chief Robert King, and Assistant Deputy Chief Tom Cassidy. Although it is our hope that you will never need to use our emergency services, our well-trained professional team is fully prepared to respond quickly and courteously to your call for assistance. It is our goal to be a respected and effective fire department that fosters a high level of training and efficient response to all calls. We will continue to proudly serve the Town of Cochrane and will maintain open communications within the department and with other town services, organizations, and mutual aid department.

THE EMERGENCY PLAN

The Cochrane Fire Hall is the Primary Emergency Operations Centre for Cochrane. The Town has a comprehensive emergency plan that complies annually with EMO regulations. The plan is intended to aid in ensuring the coordination of municipal volunteer and emergency services, including EMO in an emergency or disaster to bring the situation under control with the utmost effect.

Download Emergency Plan

IMPORTANCE OF FIRE SAFETY

Learning about fire safety is important for people of all ages, as being fire smart can help save your life. For more information on fire safety, please contact the Fire Chief, and he will be happy to answer any question or concerns that you may have. For further information on fire safety or the Ontario Fire Code, please visit ofm.gov.on.ca or click on one of the links below for the following safety tips.

Alcohol & Fire Safety
Candle Safety
Cooking Safety
RICHARD VALLÉE
FIRE CHIEF
23 Fifth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-6758
Fax: (705) 272-4507
Email: richard.vallee@cochraneontario.com

FIRE SAFE WITH SPARKY

Teaching children on the importance of fire safety with an ounce fun. Join Sparky on Family Fun Fire Safety adventures that include making your own home escape plan and fire safety colouring pages. To learn more about Sparky, simply watch the video above and visit the website.

Visit the Website

STUBBORN THE BOOK

Stubborn celebrates the centennial of Cochrane, Ontario, and describes the determination, grit, and downright stubbornness of the scrappy pioneers who settled and populated Northern Ontario in the nineteenth century. One man in particular, Ed Caswell, personified this quality of stubbornness as he and his community battled one disaster after another.

The book illustrates treasured photos of Cochrane’s difficult early days, and also celebrates the dedicated Northland firefighters of today. Download a copy of the book synopsis and learn how you can own your very own copy of the book.

About the Book

Planning

DIVISION

Planning is the process of managing and directing land use to ensure efficient use of land and resources for the long-term viability and vitality of the Municipality. Planning in Ontario is governed by the Province through the Planning Act.

The Planning Act sets out the processes that the Municipality must follow when processing, reviewing, and undertaking planning-related projects and applications. The Planning Act also requires that planning recommendations and decisions must be consistent with other policy statements issued the Provincial Government, such as the Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

PLANNING LINKS

Further information on planning and planning-related matters and legislation is available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Below are appropriate website links and documentation.

Planning Act
2014 Provincial Policy Statement
2011 Growth Plan for Northern Ontario
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

PLAN AMENDMENT

AMENDMENT FEE: $1,500 (INCLUDES HST)

An Official Plan Amendment is required when the proposed development cannot meet the requirements of the Official Plan, or a development is being proposed in a designation where it is not permitted. Consultation with the Planning Department is required prior to applying for an Official Plan Amendment.

Plan Amendment Application
RICHARD VALLÉE
DIRECTOR OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES
23 Fifth Street
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4262
Fax: (705) 272-4507
Email: richard.vallee@cochraneontario.com

OFFICIAL PLAN

An official plan describes your upper, lower or single–tier municipal council’s policies on how land in your community should be used. It is prepared with input from you and others in your community and helps to ensure that future planning and development will meet the specific needs of your community.

The Official Plan is a document that sets out the Municipality’s vision for development for the planning horizon. It directs where housing, industries, and commercial businesses can locate and sets out policies for the protection and preservation of farmland, the natural environment, and natural resources.

The Official Plan also sets out the policies and considerations for new development, such as the requirements for certain studies, infrastructure, and other related considerations.

The Town's Official Plan

ZONING BYLAW

An official plan sets out your municipality’s general policies for future land use. Zoning bylaws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn’t comply with a zoning bylaw is not allowed, and the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit.

Many municipalities have a comprehensive zoning bylaw that divides the municipality into different land use zones, with detailed maps. The bylaw specifies the permitted uses (e.g. commercial or residential) and the required standards (e.g. building size and location) in each zone.

Download Zoning Bylaw

ZONING AMENDMENT

AMENDMENT FEE: $1,500 (INCLUDES HST)

A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is required when a proposed use is not permitted in the zone where the property is located, or where a proposed building or structure will vary greatly from the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw.

Bylaw Amendment Application

THE COCHRANE & SUBURBAN PLANNING BOARD

The Town of Cochrane Planning Department operates under the authority of the Cochrane and Suburban Planning Board.

Regular meetings of the Planning Board are held on the third Wednesday of every month, as required. In addition, special meetings may be called by the Chair. The Minister has delegated to the Planning Board the authority for Consent Granting, Subdivision approval and Zoning By-Law amendment approval.

CONSENT TO SEVER

APPLICATION FEE: $600 (INCLUDES HST)

Consent to sever is required when an interest in land is being conveyed to another person. Consent to sever can take the form of a lot severance (creation of one or more new lots), a lot addition, a boundary adjustment, a right-of-way, or an easement.

SUBDIVISION

APPLICATION FEE: $1,500 (INCLUDES HST)

A Subdivision is when you divide a piece of land into two or more parcels and offer one or more for sale. Subdivision approval ensures that the land is suitable for the proposed new use, the proposal conforms to the official plan and zoning in your community, as well as to provincial legislation and policies and you, your neighbours and your community are protected from developments which are inappropriate or may put an undue strain on community facilities, services or finances.

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT

AMENDMENT FEE: $1,500 (INCLUDES HST)

A Zoning Bylaw Amendment is required when a proposed use is not permitted in the zone where the property is located, or where a proposed building or structure will vary greatly from the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw.

The Committee of Adjustment was established by Council, to consider and resolve application for a Minor Variance, from the provision of the municipality’s Zoning Bylaw. The Committee is comprised of five members of which one is appointed from Council.

MINOR VARIANCE

APPLICATION FEE: $250 (PLUS HST)

A minor variance is required when a building or structure will vary slightly from the provisions of the Zoning Bylaw. A minor variance is a minor amendment to the Zoning Bylaw and is always specific to a particular property and building.

Minor Variance Application
RICHARD VALLÉE
SECRETARY/TREASURER
23 Fifth Street
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4262
Fax: (705) 272-4507
Email: richard.vallee@cochraneontario.com

BOARD STRUCTURE

The membership of the Cochrane & Suburban Planning Board consists of the following people.

Membership

  • 1 member from the unorganized territory included in the Planning Board Area appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • 2 Councillors from Council
  • 2 members from the Urban area
  • 2 members from the Rural area
See Who's on the Board

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane & Suburban Planning Board terms of reference document.

Building

DIVISION

The Building Division is staffed by a Chief Building Official and a Building Inspector. These employees are responsible for the administration of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and associated guidelines such as, the municipal building bylaw, and the municipal property standards by-aw.

The mandate of the Building Division is to ensure that development, redevelopment, and building maintenance in the town occurs in a manner that will safeguard the public’s health and safety. The Building Division issues all building permits.

STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Staff members from the Business Division sector are responsible for the following key areas.

ONTARIO BUILDING CODE ADMINISTRATION

The Building department is responsible for ensuring that all applicable development in the town occurs in accordance with the OBC and the town Building Bylaw. Permits are required for all new construction relating to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses in addition to related construction works like plumbing. Permits are also required for demolition work.

  • PLANS EXAMINATION: Staff are responsible for receiving and processing building permit applications. An important aspect of this processing component is plans examination, which is done to ensure that the various aspects of construction shown in the plans meet the requirements of the OBC and associated guidelines.
  • SITE INSPECTIONS: Once the building plans are reviewed and approved, a permit is issued and construction is permitted to commence. The department is then responsible for conducting routine detailed site inspections of approved developments to ensure that construction is occurring in compliance with the approved plans.
  • ENFORCEMENT: In cases where non-compliance issues are found during the construction phases, corrective action needs to be taken. This is typically achieved through issuing various orders that authorize the halting of construction and or require other corrective action to take place. In extreme cases, where the applicant does not follow, or refuses to follow, OBC requirements, the applicant is subject to prosecution through the court system.

Building Notice

Planning a home renovation or building something new? Plans for any new structure, addition or renovation must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning bylaws, and other applicable laws and regulations.

PROPERTY STANDARDS BYLAW ADMINISTRATION

The Building department is also responsible for administering the town property standards bylaw as it relates to structures. The purpose of this bylaw is to ensure that properties and associated structures are maintained in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of local residents.

BUILDING PERMITS

A building permit is your approval to begin construction or demolition. By granting a building permit, the Town of Cochrane has reviewed your plans for any new structure, addition or renovation, and has deemed that the plans have complied with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning bylaws, and any other applicable laws and regulations.

Cochrane

PERMIT FEES

As stated in bylaw number 1210-2017, and as amended, permit fees shall be as follows.

2017
Re-roofing (residential) $65
Re-roofing (commercial, industrial, institutional) $200
New Residential Roof (includes trusses, sheathing and insulation) $150
Minor foundation repairs, weeping tiles, damp proofing $75
Residential Accessory Garages, Sheds, carports (includes additions) $0.40/sq.ft.
Portable Structures; office, camp for workers and storage

a)      33 sq. meters or less

b)      Cluster

 

$125

per unit

Storage Container / Sea Can $120
Structural repairs and alterations to existing deck / balcony or new construction under 8’ x 8’ $50
New decks / balconies larger than 8’ x 8’ $100
New Construction, including additions (excluding alterations)
New Residential Construction (including Single Family Dwellings, Semi-detached & Duplex) $1.28/sq.ft.
Group B (Care or Detention Buildings)

Group C (Apartments, Hotels, Motels, Townhouses)

$1.75/sq.ft
Group D (Business and personal services buildings)

Group E (Mercantile Buildings)

Group F (Industrial Buildings)

$1.34 sq.ft
Group F (Industrial Building) shell only $0.86/sq/ft
Signs

c)       For signs up to and including 4’ x 8’

d)      For signs greater than 4’ x 8’

 

$75

$125

Demolition permits $50
Change of use permits $50
Renewal of any permit $50
All permits including additions, alterations, buildings moving and repairs other than those listed above shall be based on the evaluation of the work and shall be:

a)      $34.00 application fee, and

b)      $8.50 per $1,000.00

*Minimum permit fee of $50.00

YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT WHEN

A building permit regulates the type of construction and helps to ensure that building standards are met. The building permit process protects each homeowner’s interest, and protects those in the community by ensuring that any structural changes are legal, safe, and sound.

A building permit is required for the construction or demolition of any building or addition. The following comparable lists are examples that represent when a permit is needed, set against when it is not. Please note that these do not represent definitive lists, and that it is recommended to get in touch with the department.

Required

  • Construct a new building on your property
  • Renovate, repair, alter or add to an existing building
  • Demolish or remove all or a portion of a building on your property
  • Install, change or remove load bearing walls and non load bearing partitions
  • Make new openings for windows or doors, or make existing openings wider
  • Sheds or garages over 108 square feet
  • Decks more than 24 inches above grade (attached or detached)
  • Carports
  • Dormers
  • Changing weeping tiles, repairing foundations
  • New wood stove or fireplace
  • Finish a basement
  • Siding on small residential buildings
  • Shingles on small residential buildings
  • Erect a fence

Not Required

  • Replace existing doors and windows in the same opening (or smaller)
  • Detached structures of 108 square feet or less
  • Eavestroughs (ensure drainage is contained on your property)
  • Painting
  • Install a pool
  • Reinstall or replace kitchen or bathroom cupboards
  • Replace kitchen or washroom fixtures (plumbing not being relocated)
  • Electrical work (the ESA must inspect electrical installations)

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION

Download a copy of the application for a permit to construct or demolish.

Bylaw

DIVISION

If you are looking for a full list of segmented bylaw documents, please visit our documents page, which will allow you to search for all specific documents, including the Town of Cochrane’s full list of bylaws, in alphabetical order.

PROPERTY STANDARDS

Homeowners are required to do some basic landscaping of their property. Every yard, including vacant lots shall be kept clean and free from:

  • Heavy undergrowth and excessive growth of grass and weeds
  • Noxious plants, such as ragweed, poison oak, etc
  • Dead, decaying or damaged trees or other natural growth, and unsafe branches and limbs which create an unsafe condition
  • Garbage, rubble, waste, construction material or other debris constituting an unsafe condition
  • Holes, pits, excavations or trenches constituting an unsafe condition
  • Wrecked, dismantled, inoperative or unused vehicles, trailers, boats, snowmobiles, or other machinery or any part thereof and junk and refuse of any kind
  • Dilapidated, collapsed or partially constructed structures
  • Injurious insects, termites, rodents, vermin or other pests

The minimum standards bylaw relates to all buildings regardless of use. If a tenant feels the unit they are occupying is unsafe, an inspection of the building can be performed by a qualified building inspector to determine compliance with the bylaw. Problems such as broken windows, plumbing, electrical and structural are some examples of complaints most commonly recognized.

Property Standards Bylaw
KURTIS KING
PROPERTY STANDARDS OFFICER
23 Fifth Street
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4262
Fax: (705) 272-6068
Email: kurtis.king@cochraneontario.com

FREQUENTLY REQUESTED BYLAWS

Below is an organized listing of frequently requested bylaws for the town and its surrounding area. Each of the following links will take you to the respective bylaw’s downloadable documentation.

Bylaws

View All Bylaws

Animal Care &

CONTROL

Discover the Town of Cochrane’s care and control services for residential pets. The details found below describe ways and reasons to purchase our licensed dog tags, how to adopt a new pet, and what local businesses offer pet care services. This information and more can be found below.

LICENSED DOG TAGS

Every dog in the rural and urban areas of Cochrane must be licensed and must wear a dog tag. These dog tags can be purchased at Town Hall, at the following price levels:

  • Lifetime dog tag – $40.00 per dog
  • Spayed or neutered dog – $20.00 per dog
  • Replacement dog tag – $10.00

Animals found without a dog tag will be impounded by the animal control officer, for three days not including stat holidays and the day of capture. To claim the animal, contact the Animal Control Officer. The cost to redeem the animal is $50.00 and if it is not licensed, a dog tag must be purchased.

All fees for impoundment and veterinary costs must be paid by the person claiming the animal before it can be released.

PET OWNERS BYLAW

Download a copy of the very important pet owner bylaw that all residential pet owners should look over.

ADOPTING A PET

Cochrane does not have a humane society for dogs, cats or other animals. The Northern Ontario Animal Welfare Society operates fostering homes for dogs and cats. If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent please contact NOAWS today.

Visit the Website
LYNN CHAPLEAU
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-9326
Email: animal.control@cochraneontario.com
NORTHERN ONTARIO ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
PO Box 51
Iroquois Falls, ON  P0K 1G0
Email: adoption@noaws.com
Website: noaws.com
Facebook: @NOAWS

PET SERVICES

If you are looking for a veterinarian in the area for your dog, cat or pocket pet, we invite you to call one of our two full-service veterinary care providers. Both locations offer a complete spectrum of pet care and medical services to residential area animals.

COCHRANE PET SERVICES
76 Sixth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-5874
Website: cochranepetservices.com
COCHRANE VETERINARY CLINIC
59 First Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-5874

Police

SERVICES

In 1998, the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Cochrane entered into an agreement with the Ministry of the Solicitor General for the provision of adequate and effective police services by the Ontario Provincial Police.

POLICE SERVICES

Adequate and effective police services offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, for the Town of Cochrane includes, at a minimum, all of the following:

  • Crime prevention
  • Law enforcement
  • Assistance to victims of crime
  • Public order maintenance
  • Emergency response

To this day, the OPP continues to serve the Town of Cochrane and its local area with the utmost professionalism and pride.

THE BOARD & MORE

Pursuant to Section 27(1) of the Police Service Act, Council is required to establish a Police Services Board. Click on the links below to access the terms of reference, OPP business plan, and website.

Terms of Reference
2013 OPP Business Plan
Browse the OPP Website
Community Radar Speed Sign Stats

2014 Criminal

REPORTING

To your right is a statistical criminal report from 2014 conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Offence Type Actuals Cleared Rate
Violent Crime 61 56 91.8%
Property Crime 140 47 33.6%
Other Criminal Code 66 59 89.4%
Total 267 162 60.7%

CITIZEN SELF REPORTING

The Ontario Provincial Police is pleased to offer Citizen Self Reporting (CSR), an alternative reporting option that allows the public to report specific crimes to police via the internet, anywhere, anytime. The OPP’s Citizens Self Reporting system allows members of the public to use a computer or mobile device to report an incident without requiring an officer to attend the scene.

The system is simple and convenient, and can be used when reporting incidents that do not involve injury or a suspect, or a crime that is not an emergency. The use of this new system is completely optional. Police will still attend a call for services, if desired.

SELF REPORTING SYSTEM

Click the link to visit the website and report a crime using the CSR system.

Community

ACCESSIBILITY

The Council and staff of the Town of Cochrane are dedicated to ensuring accessibility, responsive representation, and providing innovative, efficient and affordable services that will enhance the quality of life of our growing and diverse community.

PLANS & POLICIES

Found below are links to accessibility specific plans and policies currently set in place for the Town of Cochrane and its residents. The town, with the help of the Accessibility Advisory Committee will continue to strive for the most innovative and affordable services, as we move forward.

2015 Accessibility Plan
Accessibility Standards Policy

DISABILITY SERVICES

The Town of Cochrane operates an accessibility transit for its residents that are disabled. This service is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Application forms and tickets (starting at $5.50) are available at the Cochrane town hall. The application form can also be downloaded online.

ACCESS TRANSIT CONTACT
Flash Co. Taxi
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 271-5577
TOWN HALL DEPARTMENT
171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Telephone: (705) 272-4361
Fax: (705) 272-6068
Email: townhall@town.cochrane.on.ca

THE COMMITTEE

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is responsible for providing advice to Municipal Council to plan for accessibility on a wide range of municipal processes. To browse the committee terms of reference and its members, simply click on the link below to access the Town of Cochrane committees and boards section.

View the Committee
Terms of Reference

ACCESS TRANSIT APPLICATION

Submit a form and apply to the Town of Cochrane’s accessible transit services.

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