Farmington (2/50)(1 is most free, 50 is least free)
To learn what the below scores mean and how they were calculated, read our ranking methodology.
Individual Liberty (27/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Farmington respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||48||10%||Some of this city's laws are available online, but not the entire city code. The city is currently in the process of switching to an online database format.||Some titles online in document format|
|Dog Licensing||23||10%||Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $8.33 to $40.||6-32-010 (Davis County)|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||1||10%||This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||13-3-010, Davis County regulation|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||1||10%||The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Farmington the default penalty for a violation of any city ordinance, if not specified, is a class B misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $1,000.||13-1-120|
|Gun Regulation||40||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Farmington has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits with no exceptions for self-defense or other lawful uses made explicit in code.||13-6-020, 13-6|
Private Property (1/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Farmington respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||18||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $200 (plus $25 per additional acre).||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||34||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $9,654. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $7,087 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and $734 in plan check fees.||Fee schedule|
|Animal Restrictions||1||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city allows dogs with no specific arbitrary limit, does not limit the number of chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.||11-29-103, 11-29-103(4)|
|Short-term Rentals||1||15%||While some cities in Utah prohibit using services like Airbnb and VRBO to rent property, this city has no ordinance regulating or explicitly prohibiting property owners from doing so.|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||16||30%||The cost of government in Farmington as a share of the total taxable economic base is $65 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $234 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $491. The city gets 35% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 27% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 38% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||11||15%||The city is currently utilizing 1.58% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 2.36%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||1||5%||This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.||Per Records Request|
This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.
Free Enterprise (7/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Farmington's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||4||15%||This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am-7 am.||6-05-080(J)|
|Alcohol Licensing||18||10%||The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||24||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.6% on its citizens. Additionally, residents are required to pay a RAP tax at the rate of 0.1%. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||7||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $75 for a small commercial license; $75 for a large commercial license; $300 for a temporary firework stand; $50 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $115 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||2||10%||No excavation projects may operate before 6am or after 6pm, or anytime on Sunday or legal holidays.||11-33-108(5)|