Every Winter I get a flurry of emails from residents asking if it’s really illegal to throw a snowball in the city of Provo. It is, and the law can be found in Provo City Ordinance 9.14.100 Throwing Missiles, which loosely says:
“every person who shall . . . throw stock, stick, snowball or other missile whereby any person shall be hit . . . is guilty of a misdemeanor.”
For some time the state of Utah actually banned the catching of rain water. Catching rain runoff from your roof could get you in serious trouble. However, as a result of last year’s legislative session you may now store up to 2700 gallons of rain water assuming you register with the state here.
Unfortunately, the state legislature did not address a loophole being abused statewide by ski resorts and homeowners alike. Literally thousands of Utahns store hundreds of gallons of un-melted snow on their property without state registration. Amidst the flurry of secret emergency legislative sessions taking place to discuss GRAMA, I have been informed by an anonymous source that today, April 1st, the Utah legislature is expected to close the snow storage loophole by requiring every Utah household with snow upon its property to photgraph it, submit proper registration for its approximate volume, and pay a modest water rights fee.