Utah's Constitution has important protections—but are cities complying? Below are the three categories used in our ranking.
Click the button below each category to view the metrics we've included in our ranking.
"Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government." —Article I, Section 27View the metrics
"All men have the inherent and inalienable right… to acquire, possess and protect property." —Article I, Section 1
"A free market system shall govern trade and commerce in this state to promote the dispersion of economic and political power…" —Article XII, Section 20View the metrics
From chickens to oriental rugs, Utah's cities micro-manage all sorts of things.
Here's a few of the notable restrictions we've come across.
Are you a fan of Airbnb or VRBO? In a frontal assault against property rights, there's a good chance short-term rentals are illegal in your city.
Many cities aren't fans of the free market, instead requiring businesses to shut down on Sunday, or certain hours during other days of the week.
Salt Lake City and several other cities restrict the discharge of projectile weapons, including firearms.
Got a beef with the city? If you want to organize a protest, there's a chance you may have to first obtain the city's permission and pay a fee.
Some cities aren't content to simply govern, and compete with the private sector by owning and operating businesses.
Arbitrary limits on the ownership of hens turns peaceful property owners into offenders of the law for no valid or legitimate reason.
Be careful where you daydream and lollygag—in select Utah cities, you could be breaking the law for being there without official business.