The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Short-term Rentals

Category: Private Property

Some cities regulate or prohibit property owners from renting out their own house, or rooms within their house, on a short-term basis. These regulations are often targeted at sharing economy services like Airbnb and VRBO that facilitate owners in listing their own home as a place for a visiting stranger to rent for a few days as an alternative to a hotel room or other temporary tradidtional lodging.

While long-term renting is generally a permitted residential use, some cities construe short-term renting differently and consider it a prohibited residential use. While some cities apply their current zoning ordinance in a way that prohibits these services, others have explicit ordinances that restrict or regulate short-term rentals.

For this metric, we assumed a single family home on a 0.25 acre lot in a single-family residential zone with five existing family members residing in the home. Then we assumed a single room rental to non-family members on a short-term basis. Cities were scored based on how their policy or practice would restrict or otherwise regulate this proposed use of private property. In cases where no specific ordinance was found we called to verify how the city would approach this scenario.

We used the following scale for our policy score:

  1. Short-term rentals prohibited
  2. Short-term rentals allowed as a conditional use and/or regulated
  3. No specific restrictionson short-term rentals

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 Private Property category.

City Scores

To learn about our scoring methodology, click here.

Rank City Score
1Cedar City1.818
1Clinton1.818
1Draper1.818
1Eagle Mountain1.818
1Farmington1.818
1Highland1.818
1Lindon1.818
1Springville1.818
1West Valley City1.818
1Woods Cross1.818
11Brigham City0.590
11Cedar Hills0.590
11Heber City0.590
11Holladay0.590
11North Ogden0.590
11South Jordan0.590
17American Fork-0.639
17Bountiful-0.639
17Centerville-0.639
17Clearfield-0.639
17Cottonwood Heights-0.639
17Herriman-0.639
17Hurricane-0.639
17Kaysville-0.639
17Layton-0.639
17Lehi-0.639
17Logan-0.639
17Midvale-0.639
17Murray-0.639
17North Salt Lake-0.639
17Ogden-0.639
17Orem-0.639
17Payson-0.639
17Pleasant Grove-0.639
17Provo-0.639
17Riverton-0.639
17Roy-0.639
17Salt Lake City-0.639
17Sandy-0.639
17Saratoga Springs-0.639
17South Ogden-0.639
17South Salt Lake-0.639
17Spanish Fork-0.639
17St. George-0.639
17Syracuse-0.639
17Taylorsville-0.639
17Tooele-0.639
17Washington-0.639
17West Haven-0.639
17West Jordan-0.639