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Encroachment is using city-owned property in a manner that’s your own – as in landscaping, installing fencing or other structures, or making other improvements to the property. Or, it can include using city property for discarding the stuff you don’t want on your own property – like yard waste, garbage, or other debris.
City property includes trails and open space, conservation easements of various kinds, parks, and miscellaneous properties. You can see maps of various kinds, including interactive, at Draper City’s website here.
Find the full City Code describing encroachment here: Section 15-1-080.
For a quick glance to determine if your property abuts Draper City property, you can find your property and surrounding properties on the Salt Lake County parcel map. The most foolproof way to know where your property ends and city property begins is to have your property professionally surveyed. Please confirm that any of your structures, fences, landscaping, sprinkler lines, or accesses to your property are not on and don’t run through Draper City property.
You can see maps of various kinds, including interactive, at Draper City’s website here. City property includes trails and open space, conservation easements of various kinds, parks, and miscellaneous properties.
No, this is an example of encroachment.
No, this is an example of encroachment.
City property exists in various states and for various reasons. Some open space has been designated as conservation area because of its delicate ecosystem, unique terrain, or any other value it provides to plants, animals, etc. Some spaces that may appear to not be in use are actually used for irrigation, for providing city services, or other reasons that aren’t easily visible. And even further space may have been designated for future use that requires maintenance until the time it becomes further developed. For many reasons, we are required to care for public city property in a way that benefits us all, not a single private property owner.
All reports of encroachment will be investigated thoroughly. If the investigation determines the criteria for encroachment laid out in the City Code (which can be found here) have been met, violations shall be punished as a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense and as a Class B misdemeanor for subsequent offenses.
You may report any code violation to our community development department. Reports can be made anonymously or non-anonymously. A Code Enforcement team member will investigate all complaints and will determine whether further action may be necessary. Use Draper City’s “Report a Problem” feature on our website here.
Please use the Code Violation Anonymous Complaint form here.
Draper City is in the process of inventorying all City-owned property and identifying encroachments. Stay informed by:
Yes, all businesses should have an annual inspection from the fire department. Some can be done with a self-inspection form and others will require an in-person inspection.
To schedule an inspection, please call either our Fire Marshal Don Buckley at 385-557-2806 or our Fire Inspector Steve Chaffin at 385-253-0592.
The State of Utah requires that you have a fire sprinkler inspection annually. The inspection is designed to make sure your system is still functioning as required.
The State of Utah requires that you have a fire alarm inspection annually. The inspection is designed to make sure your system is still functioning as required.
Yes, your kitchen hood requires an inspection by a Utah State certified kitchen hood inspector. As well as your hood, it is required to have the duct work cleaned all the way to the roof or where the duct exits the building. This will need to be done by a Utah State certified hood cleaner. Both of these need to be done a minimum of every six months, or more if deemed necessary.
It’s possible, depending on your business. You can contact our Draper Fire Marshal Don Buckley at 385-557-2806 for more information. We have a HAZMAT packet that may assist you in deciding if your type of business may need a permit.
As of our last ISO evaluation in 2018, we are proud to report we have an ISO rating of 2.
Class “C” fireworks can be sold the following dates: June 24 – July 25; December 29 – December 31; two days before and on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
A special, temporary license is required to sell fireworks. You may find the application for the permit here.
To protect lives and property, the use of fireworks in prohibited areas will be strictly enforced. In general, fireworks are NOT allowed south of 138th South, east of 1300 East and west of I-15. Fireworks are NOT allowed in the Suncrest area. Fireworks are NOT allowed in all Draper City Parks per City Code Section 15-1-050 (g): “Possession and Use of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons, or Fireworks. It shall be unlawful for any person to carry or discharge any firearm or explosive of any kind including fireworks at a recreation facility excepting law enforcement officers and those who are allowed by state code or have received written consent to do so from the Manager.”
Sparklers are allowed in all areas of Draper, however residents are asked to use precaution in dry, grassy areas. Always have a bucket of water nearby to douse the hot sparklers.
Residents in non-prohibited areas may discharge fireworks between the hours of 11 am and 11 pm except as noted:
July 2 – July 5 (July 4 hours extended to midnight)
July 22 – 25 (July 24 hours extended to midnight)
December 31* (11 am – 1 am January 1)
Chinese New Year’s Eve (11 am – 1 am the following day)
*If New Year’s Eve is on a Sunday and the local governmental jurisdiction determines to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the prior Saturday (Dec 30), then it is lawful to discharge Class C common state-approved explosives on that prior Saturday.
Please note: Class C fireworks are not allowed during Draper Days events in July. (Draper Days did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19.)
Chinese Lanterns, also known as Khoom Fay, Paper Lanterns, or Sky Lanterns, are floating lanterns made from flammable materials that are lit like candles. They emit a stunning glow, stay lit for up to 20 minutes, and can travel several miles. While beautiful and exciting, these lanterns create an extreme fire hazard and are prohibited in any part of Draper City. These lanterns create an extreme fire hazard. View the Chinese Lantern Information Sheet here.
Tethered Chinese Lanterns are also prohibited in any part of Draper City. Though they remain in one spot, the fire hazard they create in our beautiful foothills is real and dangerous.
The fire code allows residents to have small recreational fires at their residences. The “fuel area” (fire pit) may not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height. Burning is limited to dry, clean, natural materials; no garbage, plastics, rubber, oils, or construction waste.
First verify that it is a “green” burn day by checking the air quality forecast by going to air.utah.gov, or by downloading the UtahAir app from the Android or iOS store.
Keep open fires 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials. Fires contained in improved barbecue pits or portable outdoor fireplaces require a minimum of 15 feet of clearance. LP or natural gas fire pits or grills require 10 feet of clearance.
Have a method of extinguishment readily available. Keep a garden hose or bucket of water nearby.
Fires must be constantly attended until fully extinguished.
“Offensive, Objectionable, or Nuisance” fires are no longer required to be extinguished unless the fire is causing a hazardous situation. If all burning requirements are met and the fire is not causing a hazardous situation, the fire department does not have the authority to extinguish the fire.
Air.Utah.gov has some great online resources for knowing when it’s safe to burn, and when it will negatively impact the air we breathe. Check out https://air.utah.gov/ for hourly updates on air quality and the resultant permissions or restrictions on burning wood in your fireplace or woodstove, or burning for any purpose.
There’s also an app for that: You may download the UtahAir app from the Android or iOS store.
Residential burning of clean yard waste, grass clippings, weeds, tree trimmings, and other material is not allowed in Salt Lake County or in Draper City.
Draper City is unique in that it straddles the border between Salt Lake and Utah counties, with parts of our fair town falling into each county’s jurisdiction. Since more of Draper’s acreage is in Salt Lake County than Utah County, we defer to Salt Lake County’s guidelines for burn and other prohibitions.
The burning of leaves is considered open burning, which falls under the same requirements as burning of clean yard waste, grass clippings, weeds, tree trimmings, and other material. It is not allowed in Salt Lake County or in Draper City.
Remember that recreational fires are allowed, within strict guidelines (see above). “Offensive, Objectionable, or Nuisance” fires are not required to be extinguished unless the fire is causing a hazardous situation. If all burning requirements are met and the fire is not causing a hazardous situation, the fire department does not have the authority to extinguish the fire.
However, if the fire is non-recreational and is against code, i.e. burning of clean yard waste, grass clippings, weeds, tree trimmings, leaves and other material, then it is not allowed in Salt Lake County or in Draper City. Please report this type of burning to Draper Fire by calling 801-57-6500 or by calling 911.
This type of violation falls under the jurisdiction of our city code enforcement division. A Code Enforcement Complaint covers signs, weeds, and trash. To report a code violation, please use one of the following online forms:
If your detectors are older than 10 years then you should change their batteries every 6 months. A great tutorial on how to do that can be found here, or you may search online for other resources related to your specific device.
If you have a smoke detector manufactured after 2010, then those batteries are built to last for a decade. Once the 10 years is up, you should replace the entire detector. You can easily search online for videos and instructions for your specific device, like the Kidde Sealed Lithium Battery Power Smoke Alarm i9010 here. Make sure to search for your specific device and model number and follow the instructions provided.
Draper Fire is here to serve the community in every way possible, but our first and foremost priority is having enough staff on call at all times to handle fire-related crises and emergencies that can arise in an instant. Most smoke detector battery changing situations are straightforward enough for a resident to handle on their own. However, if you have special needs, or your residence has special circumstances, that prevent you from being able to take care of this important matter yourself, we are happy to assist whenever organization and community needs allow. Please call 385-557-2805 for further assistance.
Although some extinguishers can be recharged, this is dangerous without the right training. Hire a trained professional to make sure your extinguisher is safe and gets recharged with the correct chemical extinguishing agent. If the extinguisher has a metal head and metal neck it is refillable by a Utah State Certified Fire Extinguisher Company. If it has a plastic head it is not refillable, and you should purchase a new one.
Check your favorite search engine for Utah State Certified Fire Extinguisher Companies. A single recharge typically costs between $15 and $25. Depending on the size and original cost of your extinguisher, a recharge may be more budget-friendly than buying a new extinguisher.
We offer many public education programs, including First Aid Training (CPR/AED Classes, Push To Survive, Basic First Aid). We also offer Fire Extinguisher Classes and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes.
There are many reasons children may experiment with fire, and they are all of concern to those in the fire service. Often children (as well as adults) are unable to make proper choices to remain safe around fire. If a child you care about has played with matches, lighters, fireworks, candles, has set a fire or has shown a curiosity of fire that worries you, please contact us about our Youth Firesetter Intervention Program. You can reach out to our Fire Prevention Office at 385-557-2806 and be put in touch with our Youth Firesetter Coordinator.
Chinese Lanterns, also known as Khoom Fay, Paper Lanterns, or Sky Lanterns, are floating lanterns made from flammable materials that are lit like candles. They emit a stunning glow, stay lit for up to 20 minutes, and can travel several miles. While beautiful and exciting, these lanterns create an extreme fire hazard and are prohibited in any part of Draper City. View the Chinese Lantern Information Sheet here.
To protect lives and property, the use of fireworks in prohibited areas will be strictly enforced.
Geneva has submitted four separate development applications. Together, they represent the entire proposal.
Zoning Map Amendment Application
• The company has requested to rezone approximately 64.27 acres of their property from Agricultural (A5) to Open Space (OS). The area includes the front and back side of Steep Mountain. This is Areas 1 and 2 on the map.
• The company has requested to rezone approximately 26.99 acres of their property from Agricultural (A5) to Mining (M2). This is Area 4 on the map.
• The company is NOT seeking to rezone the approximately 48.87 acres identified in Area 3 on the map. Any future change to Area 3 would require a new development application.
Development Agreement Application
• This application is for Geneva’s proposed legal agreement with Draper City.
• AREA 1- The company proposes to give full control of Area 1 to Draper City to be used as Open Space.
• AREA 2- The company proposes to maintain ownership over this area but change the use of it to Open Space.
• AREA 3-The company proposes to keep this area unchanged. Geneva acknowledges that future development will likely be commercial or residential and subject to City zoning, including the Hillside Sensitive Overlay.
• AREA 4- The company proposes to rezone Area 4 to Manufacturing (M2). Mining activity and revegetation are subject to, and shall be exclusively governed by, the State of Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining (“DOGM”).
Land Use Map Amendment Application
• The applicant is requesting that Draper City’s official Land Use Map be changed for Areas 1, 2 and 4 so that it aligns with the proposed zoning.
Text Amendment Application
• Geneva is requesting a modification to Draper City’s Municipal Code 9-13-080. They propose to change the use Basic Industry to a permitted (rather than the current conditional) use. They are proposing to change the use Mineral Extraction to a permitted (rather than conditional) use but only for existing DOGM permits. Geneva has a DOGM permit.
• STEP 1: Applications are submitted.
• STEP 2: Draper City Development Review Committee reviews the applications and provides feedback to the applicant. The feedback provided to the applicant are typically clarifying questions, clarifying verbiage suggestions and technical feedback.
• STEP 3: Draper City staff will request the applicant to attend a Development Review Committee meeting to discuss their applications, if needed.
• STEP 4: The applications was presented for a public hearing at a Planning Commission meeting held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Draper City Hall.
• STEP 5: ***To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Draper City Mayor Troy Walker declared a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12, 2020. This declaration temporarily postpones all upcoming City Council meetings until further notice. We will post updates as more information becomes available.***
Submit an Online Comment
• Draper City has provided an online public comment form for residents to provide feedback prior to the public hearings. Please note that comments posted on social media are not included in the official public comments. For your comment to be included, submit your comment online at the link above, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend the Public Hearings
• Individuals will be given an opportunity to comment during the public comment portion of the upcoming public hearings. All comments will be limited to three minutes.
• Listen to live audio of the Planning Commission and City Council meetings. You will be able to see applicable presentation materials online in realtime.
Sign-up to Receive Notices
• If you have questions regarding the application, please contact us at 801-576-6527 or via email at email@example.com.
In the 2019 General Session, the Utah State Legislature passed and Governor Gary Herbert subsequently signed into law, House Bill (H.B.) 288, Critical Infrastructure Materials. The law allows for the creation of Critical Infrastructure Materials Areas and protects the extraction, excavation, processing, mining and reprocessing of materials such as sand and gravel in certain areas.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-3-040 defines Open Space as ‘generally unobstructed land, such as, but not limited to, landscaped buffers and yards, parks, trails, meadows, forested areas, pastures, and farm fields.’
There are two definitions of Manufacturing in Draper City Municipal Code.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-3-040 defines Manufacturing, General as ‘an establishment engaged in the manufacture of finished products or parts, predominantly from previously prepared materials, including processing, fabrication, assembly, treatment and packaging, and incidental storage, sales and/or distribution of such products, but excluding basic industrial processing and manufacturing activities’.
Manufacturing, Limited is ‘an establishment engaged in the limited processing, fabrication, assembly and/or packaging of products utilizing processes that: A. Have no noise, odor, vibration, or other impacts discernible outside a building; and B. Do not violate any applicable noise ordinance.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-3-040 defines Basic Industry as ‘an establishment engaged in basic processing and manufacturing of materials or products predominantly from extracted or raw materials; or a use engaged in manufacturing processes utilizing flammable or explosive materials; or manufacturing processes which potentially involve hazardous or commonly recognized offensive conditions. Typical uses include chemical manufacturing and warehousing, dry ice manufacturing, fat rendering plants, fertilizer manufacturing, fireworks and explosives manufacturing and warehousing, petroleum refineries, pulp processing and paper products manufacturing, radioactive materials manufacture or use, slaughterhouses, steelworks and tanneries’.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-3-040 defines Mineral Extraction as "Removal of sand, gravel, dirt, or other materials by grading or excavating.”
Draper City Municipal Code 9-8-010 establishes the Open Space (“OS”) zone.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-8-020 describes the zone purpose and reads:
Public Facility Zones: Public facility zones are established to provide public or quasi-public uses. The purpose of the OS zone is to recognize on the official zoning map areas which are open and generally undevelopable due to their sensitive environmental nature and/or the unavailability of adequate public facilities, such as conservation areas and national forest land’.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-8-010 establishes the Manufacturing zones.
Manufacturing Zones: Manufacturing zones are established to provide areas where manufacturing and industrial processes may be conducted. The purpose of the M2 zone is to provide areas where uses involving industrial processes and natural resource extraction may be permitted without negatively impacting other areas of the city, especially when undertaken on a large scale. To assure compatibility with uses in other adjacent zones, most manufacturing operations are allowed only as conditional uses.’
Draper City Municipal Code 9-8-010 establishes the Agricultural zones.
Agricultural Zones: Agricultural zones are established to preserve and protect agricultural lands and related activities, to permit activities normally and necessarily related to agricultural production, and to prohibit land uses that may undermine continued agricultural activity.
The purpose of the A5 zone is to maintain the status of large tracts of agricultural land by allowing most commercial agricultural uses. Typical uses include farming, dairy, and cattle production.
Draper City Municipal Code 9-16 is entitled ‘Hillside Sensitive Lands Overlay Zone.’
The city deems it important to the peace, health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the city that land within hillside sensitive land overlay zones be protected to ensure that urban development be guided in a manner that will minimize the potential for flooding, erosion, and other natural hazards and will protect natural scenic beauty. The objectives to be achieved by the use of the hillside sensitive lands overlay zone shall include:
A. Preservation of natural vegetation, geologic features, wildlife habitat and open space;
B. Minimizing the amount of grading and earthwork, including street excavation and site grading;
C. Retaining trees and other native vegetation, except in those cases where a high fire hazard results, which stabilizes steep hillsides, retains moisture, prevents erosion and enhances the beauty of the natural landscape;
D. Designing and constructing roads, where necessary, in such a way as to minimize scars from cuts and fills and to avoid permanent scarring of hillsides and other sensitive land areas, and to make them easily accessible for fire protection, snow removal, school buses, and emergency vehicles;
E. Placing building sites to permit ample room for landscaping, surface drainage, parking, and sewer serviceability;
F. Grading which will eliminate sharp angles at the top and at the toe of cut and fill slopes, both with respect to building sites and to road cross sections;
G. Creating street rights of way, grades, lot layouts and structure designs which will aid the objective of reducing excavation and natural topographic disturbance;
H. Allowing cluster type development or similar concepts that will minimize disturbance of steep or sensitive terrain;
I. Authorizing early temporary or permanent planting, or both, wherever appropriate to maintain necessary cut and fill slopes, stabilizing them by plant roots and concealing the raw soil from view; and
J. Protecting view corridors. (Ord. 1009, 9-4-2012)
•Encompasses the most intensive and large scale industrial
and manufacturing uses allowed anywhere in Draper
• Major entry points and features
• Well landscaped perimeter and public spaces
• Limited traffic access to major streets
• Uniform design standards and aesthetics
• Gravel pits with reclamation/redevelopment plans
LAND USE MIX
• Industrial Processing
• Major Manufacturing (M2)
• Excellent transportation access to major highways
• Proximity to both Salt Lake and Utah Counties
• Where these manufacturing areas border other land
uses—especially residential—care will be given to provide
adequate buffers in the form of setbacks, open space, low impact
industrial uses, barriers, etc.
• Major streets serving these areas should accommodate
What is the land use description for Open Space and Parks?
• Applies to natural areas that have the potential to be
permanent open space
• Efforts should continue to preserve mountainous
areas, drainage and riparian areas with attractive
• Areas designated as permanent natural open space should
be placed within a conservation easement
LAND USE MIX
• City’s established parks
• Public/private golf courses
• Greenbelts/linear parks
• Large retention areas that have recreational potential
• Natural area open space
• Public Open Space (OS)
• Agricultural (A2)
• Agricultural (A5)
• A variety of methods can be used to preserve these areas,
including easements, dedications, and acquisition, some
with the potential of having tax relief benefits