Cedar Hills (13/50)(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 (11/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Cedar Hills respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||1||10%||This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.||Sterling Codifiers database|
|Dog Licensing||33||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 $11.66 to $35.||City website|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.||6-7-10|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||13||10%||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.||6-8-8, Utah County regulation|
|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 Cedar Hills 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.||1-4-1(a), 1-4-1(D), 1-4-1(d)|
|Gun Regulation||25||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Cedar Hills has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The code also has additional provisions regulating firearms. This includes:|
• Minors prohibited from possessing/discharging firearms without the permission of a legal guardian.
|5-2-3(a), 5-2-3(b), 5-2-3(c)|
Private Property (20/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Cedar Hills respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||12||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $150.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||36||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $9,942. This includes $1,983 in permit fees, $7,859 in impact fees, $100 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||9||15%||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 3 dogs, allows 6 chickens, and 2 beehives.||Per city staff, 5-11-83A, 10-5-35|
|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.||10-5-25|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||18||30%||The cost of government in Cedar Hills as a share of the total taxable economic base is $68 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $226 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $422. The city gets 23% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 27% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 50% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||47||15%||The city is currently utilizing 8.19% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 20.59%.||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 (15/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Cedar Hills's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||13||15%||This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a golf course;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||1||10%||This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.||License application|
|Alcohol Licensing||5||10%||The city requires $190 for a retail beer license, $213 for a restaurant license, and $150 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||29||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.85% 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 4.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||38||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $90 for a home occupation license; $175 for a small commercial license; $5935 for a large commercial license; $40 for a temporary firework stand; $40 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $40 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||Cedar Hills prohibits peddlers and vendors from operating between 9pm and 9am. Home occupations may not generate traffic between 9pm and 7am. Businesses operating with a temporary business license may only be open between 9am and 10pm. And catteries are prohibited from exercising cats in outdoor exercise areas between 8pm and 9am.||3-1C-1|