The cost of building homes in South Jordan is going up, but the biggest impact from the increased building permit fees will be on commercial construction.

Planning Director Lynn Sharp told the council that it has been about nine years since the city updated its building permit fee structure - and then it was only in the formula used and not the fees themselves.The new schedule is based on the recommended fees in the international building code the city uses to set inspection standards. Sharp said for residential structures, the increase will be about $40 for the standard 1,500-square-foot house.

The impact will be substantially more on commercial buildings. Sharp said the city staff does not have the expertise needed to review commercial plans and they are sent to a consulting engineer. The fee increase is intended to cover the consultant's fee.