Riverton (11/50)(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 (7/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Riverton 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.||Code Publishing database|
|Dog Licensing||19||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 $10. to $30.||Salt Lake Co. Animal Services|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||34||10%||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.||11-05-070, 11-10-030|
|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||8||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Riverton 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.||1-25-030(2), 1-25-090|
|Gun Regulation||8||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Riverton has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.||9-20-010(1)|
Private Property (17/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Riverton respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||28||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $300.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||47||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $13,742. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $11,450 in impact fees, $458 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||18||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 2 dogs, allows 0 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.||6-05-480, 18-25|
|Short-term Rentals||17||15%||This city prohibits property owners from renting their residential property on a short-term basis as is often done through services like Airbnb and VRBO.||Per city staff (based on non-permitted land use)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||1||30%||The cost of government in Riverton as a share of the total taxable economic base is $36 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $144 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $248. The city gets 1% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 51% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 48% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||30||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 10.78%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||34||5%||During the past two years, Riverton has spent an average of $24,000 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 (14/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Riverton's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||4||15%||This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.||5-15-050|
|Alcohol Licensing||8||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||34||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 4.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||20||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $50 for a home occupation license; $200 for a small commercial license; $200 for a large commercial license; $250 for a temporary firework stand; $250 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $30 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||Riverton prohibits home occupations from having visitors between 7pm and 7am. Any businesses within 250 feet of a home must close between 10pm and 6am.||18-190-070(1), 18.75.080|