Salt Lake City

Sustainability

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Idle Free – Businesses

Local businesses play an important role in supporting the Idle-Free Ordinance. Because the ordinance directly impacts our business community, Salt Lake City is committed to working closely with these sectors to ensure that enforcement is balanced with the educational intent of the ordinance.

Drive Through Businesses

Most businesses with an efficient drive-through window will not need to worry about the new ordinance, as the time limit of 2 minutes is more than enough for customers to move through their line.

Other businesses, like banks, credit unions, dry cleaners and made-to-order or drive-up fast food restaurants will be affected by the new ordinance. Drive-through businesses can qualify for an exemption from enforcement on their property if they post Idle-Free signage approved by Salt Lake City.

Diesel Fleets 

Diesel fleets and loading docks for heavy-duty trucks can often be hotbeds for excessive idling. While some idling may be required by the manufacturer, maintenance, or to run auxiliary equipment (see ordinance exemptions), most diesel idling is actually unnecessary.

idle free sign

Idle Free Signage

» The signs, pictured at right, are available to Salt Lake City businesses free of charge on a case-by-case basis. Reach out to slcgreen@slcgov.com to request a sign. 

» To date, roughly 200 Idle Free signs have been posted at local banks, restaurant drive-through windows, schools, and other key areas throughout Salt Lake City as a result of a generous grant from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR).

If you would like to print your own sign, here is the design file available for free. Email slcgreen@slcgov.com for more file resources. 

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