Attorney's Office - Risk Management

Risk Management and Claims Against the City

This information is provided as a service to the citizens of Salt Lake City and is not intended to substitute for legal advice. There are claims that are not subject to the requirements of the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah and which may be subject to other laws or procedures. Not all claims are honored even if correct procedures are followed; there are many circumstances where a claim need not be paid. You are urged to obtain competent legal advice if you have any questions. In addition, Salt Lake City makes no warranty as to the correctness or completeness of this information.  
 
Requirements of the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah change from time to time.  You are responsible for compliance with the current requirements of the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah. The provision of this information is not to be construed as a waiver of any provision of the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah.
 
 

Making a claim against the City for personal injury or property damage

In general, to make a claim against Salt Lake City for personal injury or property damage, you are required to comply with the provisions of the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah. This can usually be found at your local library or on the Utah State Government website. 
 

Steps involved in filing a notice of claim

There are four steps involved in filing a claim:
  1. Fill out the notice of claim form in its entirety
  2. Deliver the notice of claim form to the City Recorder's Office. **Claims will not be accepted by any other department.
  3. Make sure your notice of claim form is filed in a "timely manner", as defined by the Utah Code.
  4. The City will respond to your notice of claim form according to the Utah Code.

Filling out the notice of claim form 

Click here for the notice of claim form.
 
Click here to read details from the Utah Code. This section (63G-7-401) of the Utah Code contains explanations of claims for injury, contents, service, legal disability, and appointment of guardian ad litem.

Delivering the notice of claim form

To mail your completed notice of claim form, please mail it to:
Cindi Mansell
Salt Lake City Recorder
P.O. Box 145515
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5515
 
To hand-deliver your completed notice of claim form, please hand-deliver it to:
Cindi Mansell
Salt Lake City Recorder
451 South State Street, Room 415
Salt Lake City UT 84114-5515
 
DO NOT email or fax the notice of claim form, they are not accepted. If you do not use the address above, your notice of claim form will not be accepted.
 

Filing the notice of claim form on time

You must file your notice of claim according to the time specifications in the Utah Code or Salt Lake City Ordinance. 
 
Click here for the Utah Code reference specifying the time for filing claims. (63G-7-402)
 
Click here for Ordinance 3.32.050 regarding filing time for No Fault Golf claims. (Ord. 3.32.050)
 
Click here for Ordinance 3.36.050 regarding filing time for No Fault Utilities claims. (Ord. 3.36.050)
 
Click here for Ordinance 3.38.050 regarding filing time for No Fault Police and Fire claims. (Ord. 3.38.050)

Responding to the notice of claim

Salt Lake City will respond to your notice of claim according to the provisions in the Utah Code (63G-7-403). Click here for this provision in the Utah Code. This section of the Utah Code also gives details about how to proceed if your notice of claim is denied.
 

Filing claims without merit

You should not make a claim that is without merit and not brought or asserted in good faith.  Salt Lake City will report all cases of fraud to the Utah Insurance Fraud Division and will seek prosecution to the full extent of the law.   
 

Other provisions of the Utah Government Immunity Act

63G-7-202: Act provisions not construed as admission or denial of liability - Effect of waiver of immunity - Exclusive remedy - Joinder of employee - Limitations on personal liability. Click here.
 
63G-7-301: Waivers of immunity - Exceptions. Click here.
 
63G-7-604: Limitation of judgments against governmental entity or employee - Process for adjustment of limits. Click here.