The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

North Salt Lake (17/50)(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 (19/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well North Salt Lake 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 Licensing2310%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $8.33 to $40.6-32-010 (Davis County)
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.7-7-3, Davis County regulation
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering1810%The loitering laws in this city prohibit intoxicated persons or minors from loitering about alcohol-licensed establishments.3-2-1
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in North Salt Lake 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 Regulation2915%Under authority granted from state law, North Salt Lake has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes:
• The sale of firearms at swap meets is prohibited (provision goes beyond authority of state code).
5-5B-1(b), 5-5B-1(c), 3-6-3

Private Property (13/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $25.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees2310%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $7,810. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $5,061 in impact fees, $915 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions4115%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $40 permit. Beehives are not permitted in residential zones. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 15 chickens, and no beehives.5-4-5, 10-10-6
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 Government1730%The cost of government in North Salt Lake as a share of the total taxable economic base is $61 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $292 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $583. The city gets 27% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 29% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 44% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1715%The city is currently utilizing 0.85% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 5.28%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying15%This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.City expense data

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

Free Enterprise (26/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review North Salt Lake'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 golf course; a reception/event center; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions1210%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 6 am.3-2-11
Alcohol Licensing1710%The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $265 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2420%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.6% 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 Licensing3335%This city charges the following licensing fees: $25 for a home occupation license; $220 for a small commercial license; $220 for a large commercial license; $200 for a temporary firework stand; $201 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $260 for two solicitor licenses. The city also has a Good Landlord program that reduces the high per-unit rental fees if landlords comply with additional city regulations, which includes restrictions on who the landlord can rent his or her property to.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations1110%In North Salt Lake, secondhand dealers must close between 7pm and 7am,3-7-9

City Data

Overall Ranking: 17/50

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Year incorporated: 1946
Population (2010): 16,322
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 4
Cluster: F

MHI: $69,762.00

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