Salt Lake Liberates Kids' Lemonade Stands, Jukeboxes, and More from Licensing Regulations

lemonade standCredit: jbcurioThe Salt Lake County Council slashed 150 pages of business regulations over the last year, eliminating dozens of license requirements and 45 different fees.

Here's the news from Salt Lake:

The council eliminated licenses for “amusement devices,” operating jukeboxes, circuses, carnivals, driving ranges, mini-golf, bowling alleys (a license formerly cost $15 per lane) and arcades, which used to cost $250 a year. Salt Lake County will no longer require a special business license for rooms where people play billiards, pool, and bagatelle, as well as “backgammon, cards, checkers or other games of similar nature, or any game played with beans, buttons, dice or similar devices.”...

Auctioneers, “automobile wrecking establishments,” florists, secondhand dealers, junk dealers and those hosting swap meets, flea markets, liquidation sales and parking lots, are also freed from licensing. Laundromats no longer have to pay $6 to register each coin-operated washer and dryer they own. Perhaps most fittingly, a $100 license to work is no longer needed to open an employment office.

The council also built in an exception for “lemonade stands and similar operations run by children” in language about licensing new businesses.


Via former Reason intern Nick Sibilla.

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  • LTC(ret) John||

    Autioneers?! Sloopy, on the move!

    Oh, and if it should turn out that the Salt Lake County Council has been abducted and later found in Kane County, IL, it has nothing to do with me wanting to replace our council with them, nosiree!

  • Enough About Palin||

    Damn Mormons and their reasoned regulations.

  • Matrix||

    Dammit. Quit getting rid of regulations. That's what caused the crash! Besides, how else are we going to get our jollies beating kids in the face for setting up lemonade stands without proper licensing? We have the public's health in mind!


  • Agammamon||

    Damn mormons, one minute they're making you mix drinks behind a privacy curtain and the next they're deregulating lemonade stands.

    Get on one side of the fence or the other - this shit is too confusing.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Salt Lake City will be brought low by such deregulation. You just wait and see.

  • mr simple||

    But licensing is what democracy is all about! I just want to remind everyone that we live in a democracy where government is for the people and by the people and our budget is our money that we use to better ourselves so when people say they want to gut regulations they're saying we don't know how to best make ourselves happy and are against democracy.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Did you watch the post office thing starring Katherine Mangu-Ward? Because that is almost, verbatim, what that Johnson character said as the closing statement. I still think that panel was made of of communist agitators, imported from the former Soviet Union.

  • JW||

    Well, they were already halfway to Somalia with all the surrounding desert. Might as well finish the job with all of this wanton anarchy.

  • NeonCat||

    That salt lake ain't looking so great now, huh?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Better than the Aral Sea, anyway.

  • NeonCat||

    If only those dedicated socialists had had environmental consciousness, the sea would be fine and no doubt the Soviet Union would have proven the superiority of central planning over free markets.


    Kind of OT, but just marvel at the spin (from Yahoo News):

    U.S. troops getting body armor from charities The Lookout - 4 hrs ago

    Units are reportedly feeling the pinch "as a result of the state of affairs in D.C." More »

  • Enough About Palin||

    Wow! Is it March 1st already? My watch must have stopped.


  • Ken Shultz||

    "The Salt Lake County Council slashed 150 pages of business regulations over the last year"

    There are Progressives in this world who make fun of Mormons for wearing "magic underwear" and, also, think that regulating business more is the solution to our economic problems.

    But if I had to choose which belief was more absurd--I'd much rather have people in magic underwear on the city council than people who think more regulation is somehow good for the economy.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Why do you hate Obama?

  • buybuydandavis||

    Why does he hate the poor? And Grandma? And the children?

    Won't someone think of the children?


    ^This. Visual: They wear the magic underwear to the city council. But: they have to be either current or former sex workers, pole dancers, Hooters girls or Victoria Secret models. And: latex, lots and lots of latex.

  • SKR||

    so Idiocracy

  • Ken Shultz||

    Who would you rather have on the city council?

    A) Someone who thinks Jesus built the dinosaurs in seven days?

    B) Someone who thinks ObamaCare is going to make healthcare less expensive?

  • Enough About Palin||

    Why do you hate Obama?


    I will choose:

    C) Drew Carey

  • Ken Shultz||

    See, I don't mind people who think Jesus built the dinosaurs so much--because I see them as mostly harmless.

    But the people who think Obama's will somehow defies market forces? I think those people present a genuine danger to our well being.

  • Mr Whipple||



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