Sen. Jake Anderegg (R)


HB 258 (Municipal Business Licensing Amendments)

Libertas Institute supports this bill.

Current law allows Utah cities to require licenses and fees from small businesses to raise revenue for the city—effectively imposing a tax merely to raise money. This bill repeals that authority. It also carves out an exemption for small businesses and clarifies that nonprofit organizations are not businesses and therefore cannot be required to obtain a license and pays fees.

Libertas Institute supports this bill. Many home-based businesses bring in only a few hundred dollars per year, and so the requirement by cities to pay $50 or more in licenses is onerous. Further, such small businesses do not substantially impact traffic or parking, and thus impose no burden on neighbors that might otherwise justify allowing for licensure and regulations.


Submit →