Brigham City (20/50)(1 is most free, 50 is least free)
To learn what the below scores mean and how they were calculated, read our ranking methodology.
Individual Liberty (8/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Brigham City respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||35||10%||This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.||PDF document format|
|Dog Licensing||5||10%||Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $10. to $17.||Link|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.||See Application|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||9||10%||This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. However, there are no regulations on smoking in outdoor areas.||16-03-070|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||1||10%||The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Brigham City the default penalty for a violation of any city ordinance, if not specified, is a class B misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $1,000.||1-02-090|
|Gun Regulation||8||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Brigham City has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.||16-03-010, 16-03-010(2)|
Private Property (38/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Brigham City respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||28||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $250 (plus $50 per additional acre) with a $500 deposit for the engineering fee (if time spent by enginneer is not valued at $500, the city will reimburse the applicant on a monthly basis). Additionally, the city may charge a fee of .||CUP Application|
|Home Building Fees||25||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,052. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,218 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||31||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $10 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 0 chickens, and 5 beehives.||Website, 29-05-250, 4-03-080|
|Short-term Rentals||11||15%||This city allows short-term rentals of one's residential property, but imposes various conditions that must be met in order to operate them.||29.05.260|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||41||30%||The cost of government in Brigham City as a share of the total taxable economic base is $102 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $411 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $577. The city gets 28% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 25% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 47% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||46||15%||The city is currently utilizing 1.35% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 22.60%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||1||5%||This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.||Per Records Request|
This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.
Free Enterprise (20/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Brigham City's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||41||15%||This city owns 6 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a golf course; a non-historical museum;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||8||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by requiring sales to be under surveillance from 11 pm to 5 am.||14-04-230|
|Alcohol Licensing||11||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $250 for a restaurant license, and $250 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||3||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.5% on its citizens. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 0.0%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||37||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $140 for a home occupation license; $115 for a small commercial license; $115 for a large commercial license; $250 for a temporary firework stand; $250 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $130 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||Brigham City requires dance halls to close from 1am to 8am.||14-07-120|