The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Home Building Fees

Category: Private Property

Cities charge a number of fees before granting permission for you to build a house on your property. Typically, cities follow a national standard schedule that assignes fees based on size and value of a building. Cities also charge additional impact fees, site plan approval fees, plan check fees, and other fees. Impact fees can vary drastically from city to city depending on the variations in infrastructure and the cost to the city estimated for adding an additional home.

For this metric, we totaled all the fees required by the city and charged to a homeowner who is building a new home. We assumed the home would be built on a vacant, developed lot of .25 acres. We assumed the final home would be 3,000 square feet and have a value of $250,000. For simplicity, we did not include fees charged to developers but assumed that was built into the price of the land paid for by the homeowner.

Data was collected from city fee schedules and inquiries to the city building department. The fees were added up and totals were normalized using a statistical z-score. The scores were inverted so that higher scores reflect those cities with lower fees and lower scores reflect 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
1Logan1.421
2Cottonwood Heights1.391
3West Jordan1.302
4Holladay1.276
5Centerville1.237
6South Salt Lake1.204
7Taylorsville1.161
8Ogden1.073
9West Valley City1.045
10Eagle Mountain1.029
11Midvale0.920
12South Ogden0.632
13Draper0.561
14Orem0.449
15Pleasant Grove0.446
16Murray0.425
17Tooele0.386
18Provo0.354
19Kaysville0.325
20West Haven0.252
21Sandy0.235
22Layton0.176
23North Salt Lake0.173
24Roy0.124
25Brigham City0.111
26Salt Lake City0.078
27Woods Cross-0.019
28Heber City-0.065
29Lehi-0.083
30Spanish Fork-0.092
31South Jordan-0.136
32Clinton-0.146
33Payson-0.183
34Farmington-0.297
35Bountiful-0.311
36Cedar Hills-0.370
37Herriman-0.417
38Cedar City-0.524
39Lindon-0.546
40North Ogden-0.578
41Syracuse-0.588
42Springville-0.636
43Hurricane-0.832
44St. George-0.852
45Clearfield-0.894
46American Fork-1.291
47Riverton-1.338
48Washington-1.534
49Saratoga Springs-1.851
50Highland-4.202