The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Herriman (38/50)(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 (35/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Herriman 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.Sterling Codifiers database
Dog Licensing4610%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $8. to $45.Salt Lake Co. Animal Services
Free Speech4515%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, along with payment of a $25 fee.Special Event Permit
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation3410%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.3-3A-21(C), 7-1
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 Herriman 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 $1,000.1-4-1(a), 1-4-1(d)
Gun Regulation615%Herriman does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes:
• Firearm sales are prohibited at swap meets.
• The manufacturing of firearms in residential areas is prohibited..
4-5-3(c)(28)(e, 3-6F-8, 3-9-5

Private Property (39/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2010%The cost of a conditional use permit is $150.00 (plus $10.00 per residential unit added, or $100.00 per additional acre).Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3710%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,125. This includes $4,043 in permit fees, $3,455 in impact fees, $2,627 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions3215%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 2 dogs, allows 0 chickens, and no beehives.5-1A-1, Title 10, 10-19-34
Short-term Rentals1715%This city prohibits property owners from renting their residential property on a short-term basis as is often done through services like Airbnb and VRBO.3-9-5
Taxes & Cost of Government2330%The cost of government in Herriman as a share of the total taxable economic base is $83 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $332 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $538. The city gets 4% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 18% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 78% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt4215%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 19.93%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying465%During the past two years, Herriman has spent an average of $68,000 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 (30/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises2215%This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.3-3A-17
Alcohol Licensing1610%The city requires $250 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax3420%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 6.0%, a transient room tax at 4.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing2235%This city charges the following licensing fees: $65 for a home occupation license; $180 for a small commercial license; $180 for a large commercial license; $180 for a temporary firework stand; $180 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $60 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3510%Herriman requires teen dance halls to close at 10pm on Sundays during the school year. No restaurant can allow any form of entertainment between 1am and 8am. No billiard or pool hall can operate between 2am and 6am. No card or game room may be open between 1am and 7am. Pawn shops or secondhand stores may not be open between 10pm and 7am. Graveside and internment services must be conducted between 8am and 2pm, unless approval is given by the mayor. And model homes may only be open from 9am to 8:30pm.3-4B-6(a)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 38/50

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Year incorporated: 1999
Population (2010): 21,785
FoG: Five-member Council

County: Salt Lake
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $75,215.00

Best Score

Daytime Curfew

Worst Score

Dog Licensing