The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Sterling Codifiers database
Dog Licensing3310%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 Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.6-7-10
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.6-8-8, Utah County regulation
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering110%The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.
Violation of Ordinances1110%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 Regulation2515%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees1210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $150.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3610%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 Restrictions915%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 Rentals1115%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 Government1830%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 Debt4715%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
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 (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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises1315%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 Restrictions110%This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.License application
Alcohol Licensing510%The city requires $190 for a retail beer license, $213 for a restaurant license, and $150 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2920%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 Licensing3835%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 Regulations1110%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
3-1B-1
3-1G-1
5-1C-5

City Data

Overall Ranking: 13/50

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Year incorporated: 1977
Population (2010): 9,796
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Utah
Class: 5
Cluster: C

MHI: $95,929.00

Best Score

Loitering

Worst Score

Bonded Debt