Idling in Cottonwood Heights
Idling Vehicles in Cottonwood Heights FAQs
Q – I live near Wasatch Boulevard and I hate it on heavy ski days when vehicles sit and idle for hours? What can the city do about this?
A – This is a situation where idling is allowed under city code. Chapter 9.62 of Cottonwood Heights City code allows for idling vehicles when a roadway is blocked because of traffic conditions or traffic control devices. This is allowed for multiple reasons, including quicker advancement of traffic when conditions improve, and additionally as a welfare of a passenger or driver (i.e. keeping the heat on in the vehicle on a snowy or cold day).
Q – What is the city code regarding idling on private property
A – Privately owned vehicles parked on private property do not have limitations on idling.
Q – What is the official word on idling vehicles in Cottonwood Heights?
A - No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to idle on public property or on private property open to the general public within the city’s corporate limits for more than one-minute subject to certain exceptions.
Here is the official text from Chapter 9.62 IDLING VEHICLES
9.62.010 Limitations on idling vehicles;
9.62.010 Limitation on idling vehicles;
No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to
idle on public property or on private property
open to the general public within the city’s
corporate limits for more than one minute,
subject to the following exceptions:
A. The vehicle is forced to idle on a
roadway because of traffic conditions or traffic
B. Vehicle idling is necessary for auxiliary
power for law enforcement or fire equipment;
emergency and/or water equipment;
refrigeration units; loading and unloading lifts;
well drilling; farming; battery charging; or for
the proper functioning of other equipment that
is part of the vehicle.
C. Vehicle idling is necessary for the
efficient operation of a turbocharged heavy
duty vehicle (e.g., buses) or to operate a vehicle
within the manufacturer’s operating
requirements such as, for example, building air
pressure in air brake systems.
D. Vehicle idling is necessary for the
health and/or safety of a driver or passenger,
including police K-9 or other service animals.
E. Vehicle idling is necessary for the
proper repair, maintenance or inspection of the
F. The vehicle is an authorized emergency
or law enforcement vehicle and is either:
1. Being used in an emergency or by an
on-duty law enforcement officer; or
2. Needing to idle for the safety of the
A. Because this chapter is primarily to
educate, an individual must be issued three
warning citations before a citation may be
issued for violation of this chapter.
B. Violation of this chapter is punishable
as an infraction.