The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Lehi (27/50)(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 (39/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Lehi 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 Licensing1910%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 $30.6-12-010
Free Speech4515%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, along with payment of a $20 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.9-20-040, 9-42-020
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering110%Loitering is related to trespass only.9-24-020
Violation of Ordinances610%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Lehi 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 $299.1-16-010, County
Gun Regulation4015%Under authority granted from state law, Lehi has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits with no exceptions for self-defense or other lawful uses made explicit in code.9-36-010

Private Property (42/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $300.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees2910%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,815. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,248 in impact fees, $733 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions1715%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 8 chickens, and 3 beehives.6-04-080, 12-070, 12-120-E
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.Per city staff
Taxes & Cost of Government4430%The cost of government in Lehi as a share of the total taxable economic base is $105 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $484 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $746. The city gets 37% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 19% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 44% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1315%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 4.37%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying455%During the past two years, Lehi has spent an average of $66,000 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 (10/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises3015%This city owns 4 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a fitness center; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions110%This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.5-12-010
Alcohol Licensing610%The city requires $150 for a retail beer license, $150 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax1820%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.75% 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 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing335%This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $80 for a small commercial license; $80 for a large commercial license; $40 for a temporary firework stand; $40 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $100 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3810%In Lehi, it is unlawful for any person on Sunday "to engage in the business of conducting a dance hall, skating rink, bowling alley, billiard hall or pool hall, race track, shooting gallery, carnival, merry-go-round, circus, scenic railway, boxing match or any other like kind of amusement." Additionally, dance halls must close between midnight and 6am, billiard halls must close between 1am and 6am, and pawn shops must close from 7pm to 7am.5-28-80
, 9.44.050

City Data

Overall Ranking: 27/50

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Year incorporated: 1852
Population (2010): 47,407
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Utah
Class: 3
Cluster: B

MHI: $72,894.00

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