Lindon (19/50)(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 (31/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Lindon respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||35||10%||This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.||PDF document format|
|Dog Licensing||33||10%||Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $11.66 to $35.||Utah Valley Animal Shelter|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.||Special Event Permit|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||11||10%||This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting liquor in additional places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||9-16-040, Utah County regulation|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||1||10%||The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Lindon 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.||1-16-010, 1-16-020|
|Gun Regulation||40||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Lindon 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.||9-24-020|
Private Property (16/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Lindon respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||42||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $500.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||39||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,632. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $8,340 in impact fees, $458 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||4||15%||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 50 chickens, and 4 beehives.||6-32-010, 6-32, 6-35|
|Short-term Rentals||1||15%||While some cities in Utah prohibit using services like Airbnb and VRBO to rent property, this city has no ordinance regulating or explicitly prohibiting property owners from doing so.||Per city staff|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||37||30%||The cost of government in Lindon as a share of the total taxable economic base is $86 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $536 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $845. The city gets 35% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 34% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 30% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||31||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 11.72%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||1||5%||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 (27/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Lindon's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||13||15%||This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a water park;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||49||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from on Sunday or 1 am to 7 am.||5-08-120|
|Alcohol Licensing||40||10%||The city requires $400 for a retail beer license, $400 for a restaurant license, and $400 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||37||20%||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 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||4||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $100 for a small commercial license; $140 for a large commercial license; $50 for a temporary firework stand; $50 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $80 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||38||10%||In Lindon, it is illegal to sell beer or operate a pawn shop on Sunday. Additionally, auctions must take place between 7am and 7pm, billiard halls must close between 11pm and 7am, and pawn brokers must close from 9pm to 7am.||5-16-030|