The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Draper (18/50)(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 (1/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Draper 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 Licensing210%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $6. to $20.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 Regulation110%This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.13-3-010, 15-3-020
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 Draper 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 $1,000.1-2-100(a), Per city staff
Gun Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Draper has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.7-4-050

Private Property (15/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees4210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $60 for home occupations, and $500 for all others. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $200 for a hearing.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees1310%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,286. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $3,261 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and $1,191 in 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.7-5-010, 9-27-055
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 Government2930%The cost of government in Draper as a share of the total taxable economic base is $76 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $338 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $771. The city gets 34% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 24% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 42% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1815%The city is currently utilizing 0.72% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 6.05%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying485%During the past two years, Draper has spent an average of $122,796 each year to hire lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.

Free Enterprise (44/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises3515%This city owns 5 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a reception/event center; a theater; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.6-4-090
Alcohol Licensing4410%The city requires $350 for a retail beer license, $600 for a restaurant license, and $600 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax4120%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 5.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing3635%This city charges the following licensing fees: $75 for a home occupation license; $103 for a small commercial license; $4135 for a large commercial license; $400 for a temporary firework stand; $400 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $170 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3310%Draper requires pawn shops to close between 7pm and 8am, and dogs at kennels must remain inside from 10pm to 7am. Sexually oriented businesses shall be closed on Sunday or any legal holiday recognized by the state of Utah.6-15-30
7-5-240(M)
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City Data

Overall Ranking: 18/50

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Year incorporated: 1978
Population (2010): 42,274
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Salt Lake
Class: 3
Cluster: E

MHI: $89,922.00

Best Score

Vice Regulation

Worst Score

Lobbying