Policies

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You can select policies that affect the city and its districts from a predetermined list. Policies have both positive and negative effects. For example, a smoking ban will make citizens healthier, but it can make them unhappy. Policies can be set for the entire city, or for different districts in the city to make them look, play, and feel different.

Set policies for a district by clicking it when the policies panel is open.

Policy Category Unlocked Effect Upkeep/Drawback
Bike Ban On Sidewalks.pngBike Ban On Sidewalks City Planning Busy Town This policy bans cycling on sidewalks. Bikes can only use dedicated bike lanes and bike pathways.
Anti-Slip Studs.pngAnti-Slip Studs City Planning Busy Town Increases the health of elderly citizens by making them less likely to slip on icy streets. ₡4/senior citizen
Link= Education Boost Services Big Town Prioritize education over working +20% Education budget
Encourage Biking.png Encourage Biking City Planning Tiny Town When this policy is active, most citizens will prefer bicycles over motor vehicles.
Extra Insulation.png Extra Insulation Services Boom Town Building require less energy for heating thanks to the extra insulation layer in their walls and roof. Reduction in tax income due to higher construction/maintenance costs
Link= Free Public Transport Services Busy Town Increased public transport usage No income from buses, trams, metro vehicles, or local trains*
Harsh prison sentences.png Harsh prison sentences Services Big Town The prison sentences are twice as long as usual and the harsh verdicts keep the worst felons off the streets for longer, causing a reduction in crime rate.
Link= Heavy Traffic Ban City Planning Busy Town Cargo Trucks cannot travel through a designated district. This can be placed on an entire city, but has no effect on traffic. Highways are not affected
Link= High Tech Housing City Planning Small City Slightly increased land value ₡4/week/residential building
Link= Highrise Ban City Planning Small City Prevents High-Density buildings from reaching max level
Link= Industrial Space Planning City Planning Small City Doubles goods from industrial buildings ₡6/week/industrial building
Let Go of Leisure.png Let Go of Leisure Taxation Big Town Leisure specialized areas get a hefty boost in their entertainment and attractiveness values. No tax income
NIMBY.png NIMBY City Planning Tiny Town No loud noise in the night! Leisure specialized areas will close for the night. Reduces noise pollution caused by leisure.
No Electricity for Heat.png No Electricity for Heat Services Tiny Town Buildings can only use heat produced by heating services. Make sure your city heating services produce enough heat for the whole city! Reduces electricity consumption.
Old Town.png Old Town City Planning Tiny Town Only residents and businesses can use the area for motor vehicles Other motor vehicles banned
Only Electricity for Heat.png Only Electricity for Heat Services Boom Town Buildings are forbidden to use heating; they can only use electricity. This raises electricity consumption significantly during cold spells.
Link= Parks and Recreation Services Tiny Town Moderately increases land value near parks and plazas +20% Decoration budget
Link= Pet Ban Services Tiny Town Slightly reduced garbage accumulation Slightly reduced happiness
Link= Power Usage Services Worthy Village Moderately reduced electricity consumption (Reduced by 11%) ₡5/week/building
Link= Recreational Use Services Boom Town Slightly increased tax income
Moderately increased tourism
Slightly reduced crime rate
+15% Police budget
Link= Recycling Services Boom Town Slightly reduced garbage accumulation Slightly reduced tax income
Schools out.png Schools out Services Tiny Town The citizens will prefer working over education and only a small portion of the eligible citizens will go to study in the university.
Link= Small Business Enthusiast City Planning Small City Low density commercial buildings double their sales ₡2/week/LD commercial building
Link= Smoke Detector Distribution Services Worthy Village Reduced risk of fire ₡5/week/building
Link= Smoking Ban Services Tiny Town Slightly increased health Slightly decreased happiness
Studded Tires.png Studded Tires City Planning Busy Town Cars are required to have studded tires during the winter. This makes cars resistant to small amounts of snow, keeping the traffic smoother even if there's some snow on the roads.
Link= Tax Raise for Low Density Residential Taxation Big Town Increases the tax rate by 2% for low density residential
Link= Tax Raise for High Density Residential Taxation Big Town Increases the tax rate by 2% for high density residential
Link=Tax Raise for Low Density Commercial Taxation Big Town Increases the tax rate by 2% for low density commercial
Link= Tax Raise for High Density Commercial Taxation Big Town Increases the tax rate by 2% for high density commercial
Link= Tax Raise for Offices Taxation Big Town Increases the tax rate by 2% for offices
Link= Tax Relief for Low Density Residential Taxation Big Town Lowers the tax rate by 2% for low density residential
Link= Tax Relief for High Density Residential Taxation Big Town Lowers the tax rate by 2% for high density residential
Link= Tax Relief for Low Density Commercial Taxation Big Town Lowers the tax rate by 2% for low density commercial
Link= Tax Relief for High Density Commercial Taxation Big Town Lowers the tax rate by 2% for high density commercial
Link= Tax Relief for Offices Taxation Big Town Lowers the tax rate by 2% for offices
Link= Water Usage Services Worthy Village Moderately reduced water consumption (Reduced by 15%) ₡5/week/building

*Only applies to bus, trams, metros and local train fares. For district policies, only passengers leaving from that district will get a free ride. Intercity trains, cargo trains, ships, planes and taxis will still continue to provide revenue, regardless.