The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Brigham City (20/50)(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 (8/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Brigham City respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity3510%This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.PDF document format
Dog Licensing510%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 Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.See Application
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation910%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. However, there are no regulations on smoking in outdoor areas.16-03-070
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 Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Brigham City 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 $1,000.1-02-090
Gun Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Brigham City has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.16-03-010, 16-03-010(2)

Private Property (38/50)

63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Brigham City respects and protects private property rights.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $250 (plus $50 per additional acre) with a $500 deposit for the engineering fee (if time spent by enginneer is not valued at $500, the city will reimburse the applicant on a monthly basis). Additionally, the city may charge a fee of .CUP Application
Home Building Fees2510%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,052. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,218 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions3115%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $10 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, allows 0 chickens, and 5 beehives.Website, 29-05-250, 4-03-080
Short-term Rentals1115%This city allows short-term rentals of one's residential property, but imposes various conditions that must be met in order to operate them.29.05.260
Taxes & Cost of Government4130%The cost of government in Brigham City as a share of the total taxable economic base is $102 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $411 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $577. The city gets 28% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 25% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 47% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt4615%The city is currently utilizing 1.35% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 22.60%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying15%This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.

Free Enterprise (20/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Brigham City's protection—or violation—of the free market.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises4115%This city owns 6 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a golf course; a non-historical museum; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions810%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by requiring sales to be under surveillance from 11 pm to 5 am.14-04-230
Alcohol Licensing1110%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $250 for a restaurant license, and $250 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax320%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.5% on its citizens. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 0.0%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing3735%This city charges the following licensing fees: $140 for a home occupation license; $115 for a small commercial license; $115 for a large commercial license; $250 for a temporary firework stand; $250 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $130 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations1110%Brigham City requires dance halls to close from 1am to 8am.14-07-120

City Data

Overall Ranking: 20/50

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Year incorporated: 1867
Population (2010): 17,899
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Box Elder
Class: 4
Cluster: B

MHI: $52,025.00

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