The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Cedar City (15/50)(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 (45/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Cedar City respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity3510%This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.PDF document format
Dog Licensing4910%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 $50.Link
Free Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation1310%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.27a-8(A), 27a-8(e)
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering3110%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school, college, or university grounds. 27-5-3
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Cedar 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 $1,000.1-12
Gun Regulation4715%Under authority granted from state law, Cedar City has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits with no exceptions for self-defense or other lawful uses made explicit in code. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes:
• The Mayor may close stores selling firearms in emergencies.
• Possesion of firearms in parks prohibited (both provisions are beyond state law).
27-2, 3-11-1(b), 27a-7(A)

Private Property (11/50)

63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Cedar City respects and protects private property rights.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $25.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3810%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,544. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $8,710 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions1315%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. 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 6 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.11-4-2, 26-IV-18
Short-term Rentals115%While some cities in Utah prohibit using services like Airbnb and VRBO to rent property, this city has no ordinance regulating or explicitly prohibiting property owners from doing so.Per city staff
Taxes & Cost of Government3630%The cost of government in Cedar City as a share of the total taxable economic base is $110 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $500 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $612. The city gets 30% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 32% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 38% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt3515%The city is currently utilizing 4.08% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 10.85%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying15%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 (8/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Cedar City's protection—or violation—of the free market.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises4615%This city owns 7 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a golf course; a reception/event center; a theater; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions4810%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 10 am.23-12(I)
Alcohol Licensing1010%The city requires $150 for a retail beer license, $250 for a restaurant license, and $250 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax220%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.05% on its citizens. Additionally, residents are required to pay a RAP tax at the rate of 0.1%. 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 Licensing635%This city charges the following licensing fees: $30 for a home occupation license; $82 for a small commercial license; $1000 for a large commercial license; $200 for a temporary firework stand; $200 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $50 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations110%Cedar City has no laws arbitrarily requiring businesses to close on certain hours or days.Chp. 23

City Data

Overall Ranking: 15/50

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Year incorporated: 1868
Population (2010): 28,857
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Iron
Class: 4
Cluster: B

MHI: $40,362.00

Best Score

Short-term Rentals

Worst Score

Dog Licensing