Developers and builders in Ankeny will face higher fees for permits to build multifamily, commercial, industrial development and single-family homes.
After holding fees steady for several years, the city determined it needed to pick up extra revenue, said Assistant City Manager Paul Moritz.
"We were behind other cities," he said.
Fees for the average single-family house with 2,000 square feet of living space, 1,000 square feet of finished basement area, 1,000 square feet of unfinished basement area and a three-car garage will increase about $234 to $1,502.
A new plan review fee will add 65 percent to the building permit fee for multifamily, commercial and industrial projects.
Creighton Cox, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines, said the fee increases, which take effect July 1, come at a bad time.
"I understand and can appreciate a need to adjust the building permit fees after seven years of no adjustments, but increasing them in one lump sum, and in the middle of a building season, creates an issue with builders and home buyers."
Kalen Ludwig of Peoples Co. pointed out that Ankeny accounted for 30 percent of all residential permits last year.
"I think that a higher development fee will have some developers starting to look at other communities and could slow the growth a bit," she said. "But overall, the amount of buyers for Ankeny will keep the demand high and I think developers will continue to put product in the ground."