South Jordan (34/50)(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 (12/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well South Jordan 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.||Sterling Codifiers database|
|Dog Licensing||5||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 $17.||Link|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.||5-92|
|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.||9-08-080, 12-16-065|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||31||10%||The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.||9-08-060(c)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in South Jordan 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.||1-28-030(b), 1-28-080|
|Gun Regulation||1||15%||South Jordan does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits.||12-16-050|
Private Property (37/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which South Jordan respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||27||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $288.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||31||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $9,021. This includes $2,217 in permit fees, $6,549 in impact fees, $255 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||39||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $35 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.||6-08-060, 17-32-130, 17-130-040-040|
|Short-term Rentals||11||15%||This city allows short-term rentals of one's residential property, but imposes various conditions that must be met in order to operate them.||5.64.010(E)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||43||30%||The cost of government in South Jordan as a share of the total taxable economic base is $100 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $456 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $905. The city gets 40% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 18% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 42% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||27||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 8.77%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||43||5%||During the past two years, South Jordan has spent an average of $59,000 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 (36/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review South Jordan's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||22||15%||This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a golf course; a water park;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1am to 7am.||5-12-040(E)(5)(b)|
|Alcohol Licensing||43||10%||The city requires $309 for a retail beer license, $618 for a restaurant license, and $618 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||40||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 5.5%, a transient room tax at 5.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||27||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $47 for a home occupation license; $91 for a small commercial license; $811 for a large commercial license; $123 for a temporary firework stand; $123 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $536 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||In South Jordan, pawn brokers must remain closed between 7pm and 7am. Home occupations may only have visitors between 7am and 7pm.||5-48-130(G)|