The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Heber City (1/50)(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 (5/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Heber City 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.Municipal Code Online database
Dog Licensing1610%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $4. to $40.Fee schedule
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 Regulation1310%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.9-44-020, Wasatch County Board of Health
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering3110%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.9-36-100(c)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Heber 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 $1,000.1-20-010
Gun Regulation515%Heber City does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits. The code also has additional provisions regulating firearms. This includes:
• Possessing a weapon in violation of State law in any off-highway vehicle while operating or driving is prohibited.
8-04-030(b)(28)(3, 10-50-060(k)

Private Property (5/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees1510%The cost of a conditional use permit is $200.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees2810%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,741. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,541 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and $366 in plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions615%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 3 dogs, allows 4 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.6-18-140, 18-68-125, Per city staff
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.18.108.034
Taxes & Cost of Government730%The cost of government in Heber City as a share of the total taxable economic base is $64 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $327 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $457. The city gets 16% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 45% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 40% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt315%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 1.13%.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 (5/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises115%This city does not own any enterprises that compete with the private market.City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions1010%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by
prohibiting sales from 1 am to 5 am.
Alcohol Licensing710%The city requires $100 for a retail beer license, $260 for a restaurant license, and $260 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax120%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.25% 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 Licensing3535%This city charges the following licensing fees: $80 for a home occupation license; $175 for a small commercial license; $2110 for a large commercial license; $205 for a temporary firework stand; $205 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $200 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations2310%Heber requires motorized street vendors to close between sunset and 10am. Public dances may not be held between 1am and 6am. And pawn shops may not be open between 7pm and 7am.5-04-160(A)
, 12.24.185

City Data

Overall Ranking: 1/50

Click here to compare Heber City's data compared to the other cities.

Year incorporated: 1889
Population (2010): 11,362
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Wasatch
Class: 4
Cluster: F

MHI: $58,883.00

Best Score


Worst Score

Business Licensing