The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Code Accessiblity

Category: Individual Liberty

Laws imposed by a city can restrict an individual's liberty. An important element of due process in our justice system is ensuring that the public has notice of the laws so they can predict when the government might act to restrain or punish them for a violation. This is particularly true when there are arbitrary, malum prohibitum regulations that extend beyond merely protecting life, liberty, and property.

Toward this end, many cities have published their city codes online for the public to access and review. We relied heavily on this public access to the code to read and analyze city laws to compile data for this Index. While the code is public in every city, it is not always easily accessible.

For this metric, cities were scored on how publicly accessible their code was based on the following scale:

  1. Code not online or most titles missing from their website
  2. Online, but incomplete, several missing titles
  3. Online, complete, not easily navigable or searchable (documents in image format only)
  4. Online, complete, individual documents in a searchable format, no searchable database
  5. Online, complete, easily navigable and in a searchable database format

To see a specific city's laws for this metric, click on its name in the right column, then find the row in the table below the Individual Liberty category.

City Scores

To learn about our scoring methodology, click here.

Rank City Score
1American Fork0.561
1Cedar Hills0.561
1Clearfield0.561
1Draper0.561
1Eagle Mountain0.561
1Heber City0.561
1Herriman0.561
1Highland0.561
1Holladay0.561
1Hurricane0.561
1Lehi0.561
1Logan0.561
1Midvale0.561
1Murray0.561
1North Ogden0.561
1North Salt Lake0.561
1Ogden0.561
1Pleasant Grove0.561
1Provo0.561
1Riverton0.561
1Roy0.561
1Salt Lake City0.561
1South Jordan0.561
1South Ogden0.561
1South Salt Lake0.561
1Springville0.561
1St. George0.561
1Syracuse0.561
1Taylorsville0.561
1Washington0.561
1West Jordan0.561
32Layton0.032
32Orem0.032
32Spanish Fork0.032
35Bountiful-0.498
35Brigham City-0.498
35Cedar City-0.498
35Clinton-0.498
35Cottonwood Heights-0.498
35Kaysville-0.498
35Lindon-0.498
35Payson-0.498
35Saratoga Springs-0.498
35Tooele-0.498
35West Valley City-0.498
35Woods Cross-0.498
47Centerville-1.557
48Farmington-2.615
49Sandy-3.674
49West Haven-3.674