Home Building Fees
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 = Home Building Fees ?> row in the table below the Private Property category.