Utah’s entrepreneurial spirit often runs at odds with the complexity of local regulations. There is no question that a new economy and the business models that come with it are questioning the status quo, but it can be much simpler than that.

For example, a local Utah family just recently closed their snow-shake business because of the burdensome compliance of local regulations. In total, the family has to go through 14 unique processes with four different government agencies to provide their kids with summer job opportunity and learn the ins and outs free enterprise. That simply won’t do.

To address this issue, in 2013 Governor Herbert challenged cities to follow the state’s lead and review existing business regulations. In fact, more than 30 cities undertook this effort and earned recognition as a “Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community.” However, staying at the top is harder than getting there. As other communities try to copy what has made Utah great, we must continue our efforts to retain and promote the best business climate in the nation.

In that spirit, as Governor and leadership of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, and the Salt Lake Chamber, we are excited to partner together to promote streamlined regulations at the local level and provide a new framework to achieve the Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community. The “Utah Business Friendly Cities Regulation Review Starter Kit” released this week, gives local elected officials a starting point to improve their municipalities regulatory climate.

This is process provides a framework that cities can follow, but cities have the flexibility to adapt the process and implement the best practices to meet the needs of their community. The Governor will honor cities who seek ways to improve their business climate.

The Process:

  • Reach out: Reach out to and survey local business leaders to identify business regulations and processes that can be improved. We encourage you to include your local chamber in your outreach.
  • Review: Work as a city team to review all of your regulations to understand why the regulations exist and determine if they unduly impact businesses.
  • Revise or repeal: Collaborate with your city council to revise or repeal any unnecessary ordinances, regulations, and procedures.
  • Report: Report the results of the business regulation review to: localregulation@slchamber.com

This starter kit also draws on local and national best practices to provide cities with the context need to drive real reform. All Utah municipalities that complete this review before this September will be recognized at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference. As a business community, we want to recognize the proactive partnerships driving this effort and urge business leaders across the state to reach out to their local officials and partner with them to get results.