The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Holladay (40/50)(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 (44/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Holladay 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 Licensing1910%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 $30.Salt Lake Co. Animal Services
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.14-56
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation3410%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in all public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.5-28-150
, 9-97
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 grounds without lawful business or on a curb for more than two minutes if hindering passersby.10-36-040(c), 10-36-070, 14-32-160
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Holladay 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 $1,000.1-08-020, Per city staff
Gun Regulation2915%Under authority granted from state law, Holladay has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes:
• The sale of firearms at swap meets is prohibited (provision goes beyond authority of state code).
10-64-030, 5-48-330

Private Property (18/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees5010%The cost of a conditional use permit is $950. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $150 for appeals.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees410%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $3,476. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $450 in impact fees, $1,192 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions3615%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a no cost 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, no chickens, and no beehives.8-01-370, 13-76-240(B)(1), 8-13
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.13.76.735
Taxes & Cost of Government430%The cost of government in Holladay as a share of the total taxable economic base is $38 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $162 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $489. The city gets 39% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 25% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 36% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1215%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 3.87%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying475%During the past two years, Holladay has spent an average of $77,075 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 (42/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises2215%This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.5-24-180
Alcohol Licensing3710%The city requires $282 for a retail beer license, $383 for a restaurant license, and $523 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 Licensing4235%This city charges the following licensing fees: $100 for a home occupation license; $225 for a small commercial license; $250 for a large commercial license; $350 for a temporary firework stand; $350 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $275 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations4210%Holladay prohibits excavations on Sundays or holidays. Teen dance halls must close at 10pm on Sundays during the school year. Billiard halls must shut down between 2am and 6am. No card or game rooms may operate between 1am and 7am. No valuable item may be sold at auction between 6pm and 8am. Flea markets, swap meets, pawn brokers, etc. may not operate between 10pm and 7am. Massage clinics may not be open between 8pm and 6am. Restaurant entertainment is not allowed between 1am and 8am. Children at a home daycare/preschool shall not play outside before 8am or after 7pm. And businesses in the Holladay Village zone may not be open between midnight and 6am.5-38-140
, 5.42.090

City Data

Overall Ranking: 40/50

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Year incorporated: 1999
Population (2010): 26,472
FoG: Council-Manager

County: Salt Lake
Class: 4
Cluster: E

MHI: $66,368.00

Best Score

Daytime Curfew

Worst Score

Conditional Use Permit Fees