The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Conditional Use Permit Fees

Category: Private Property

City zoning ordinances generally prohibit all land uses that are not prescribed on a list of permitted or conditional uses for each particular zone. This means that for some uses, you must obtain a conditional land use permit from the city in order to use your property in the desired manner. This permit process may include the filing of documents, hearings before the planning commission or council, and compliance with a number of conditions placed upon you by the city before undertaking the desired use. This process places property rights secondary to city regulations and city efforts at central planning.

Nearly every city requires a permit and charges a fee associated with these conditional uses. The process and permit fees vary from city to city and by type of permit or use sought. For our study, we assumed that the permit was sought for a residential property and we listed the lowest fee for a basic residential conditional use permit that was not merely associated with a home occupation (home occupations are often regulated separately under business licenses). We included hearing or other fees in the total if those fees are required prior to approval of all permits. In many cases the hearing fees and public notice fees are only charged when applicable. For those cases we omitted them from the total.

The fee data was gathered from city fee schedules and through inquiries to the city. We normalized the fees for each city using a statistical z-score and inverted the values to give higher scores to those cities with lower fees and lower scores to those cities with higher fees.

To see a specific city's laws for this metric, click on its name in the right column, then find the row in the table below the Private Property category.

City Scores

To learn about our scoring methodology, click here.

Rank City Score
1American Fork1.501
2Cedar City1.372
2North Salt Lake1.372
4Kaysville1.243
4Woods Cross1.243
6Tooele1.115
7North Ogden0.986
7Sandy0.986
7Syracuse0.986
10South Ogden0.857
10West Haven0.857
12Cedar Hills0.728
12Cottonwood Heights0.728
14Ogden0.600
15Heber City0.471
15Orem0.471
15Pleasant Grove0.471
18Farmington0.342
18South Salt Lake0.342
20Bountiful0.213
20Clinton0.213
20Herriman0.213
20Hurricane0.213
20Midvale0.213
20Roy0.213
20West Valley City0.213
27South Jordan0.018
28Brigham City-0.044
28Centerville-0.044
28Lehi-0.044
28Murray-0.044
28Payson-0.044
28Riverton-0.044
28Spanish Fork-0.044
28St. George-0.044
36Clearfield-0.302
36Layton-0.302
36Washington-0.302
39Taylorsville-0.456
40Provo-0.508
41Highland-0.997
42Draper-1.074
42Eagle Mountain-1.074
42Lindon-1.074
42Logan-1.074
46Saratoga Springs-1.461
46Springville-1.461
48West Jordan-2.104
49Salt Lake City-2.249
50Holladay-3.392