The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Code Publishing 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 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 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.11-05-070, 11-10-030
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 Ordinances810%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 Regulation815%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $300.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees4710%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 Restrictions1815%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 Rentals1715%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 Government130%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 Debt3015%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
Lobbying345%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises415%This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.5-15-050
Alcohol Licensing810%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax3420%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 Licensing2035%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 Regulations1110%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

City Data

Overall Ranking: 11/50

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Year incorporated: 1947
Population (2010): 38,753
FoG: Council-Mayor

County: Salt Lake
Class: 3
Cluster: E

MHI: $82,336.00

Best Score

Taxes & Cost of Government

Worst Score

Home Building Fees