The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Lindon (19/50)(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 (31/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Lindon 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 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.Utah Valley Animal Shelter
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.Special Event Permit
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation1110%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting liquor in additional places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.9-16-040, 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 Lindon 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 $1,000.1-16-010, 1-16-020
Gun Regulation4015%Under authority granted from state law, Lindon 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.9-24-020

Private Property (16/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees4210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $500.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3910%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,632. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $8,340 in impact fees, $458 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions415%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 50 chickens, and 4 beehives.6-32-010, 6-32, 6-35
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 Government3730%The cost of government in Lindon as a share of the total taxable economic base is $86 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $536 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $845. The city gets 35% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 34% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 30% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt3115%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 11.72%.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 (27/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Lindon'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 water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions4910%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from on Sunday or 1 am to 7 am.5-08-120
Alcohol Licensing4010%The city requires $400 for a retail beer license, $400 for a restaurant license, and $400 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax3720%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 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing435%This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $100 for a small commercial license; $140 for a large commercial license; $50 for a temporary firework stand; $50 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $80 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3810%In Lindon, it is illegal to sell beer or operate a pawn shop on Sunday. Additionally, auctions must take place between 7am and 7pm, billiard halls must close between 11pm and 7am, and pawn brokers must close from 9pm to 7am.5-16-030
5-20-040
5-32-120
, 5.32.12

City Data

Overall Ranking: 19/50

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Year incorporated: 1924
Population (2010): 10,070
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Utah
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $89,286.00

Best Score

Lobbying

Worst Score

Beer Sale Restrictions