The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity4810%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 Licensing2310%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 Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation110%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 Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering110%The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.
Violation of Ordinances1110%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 Regulation4015%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees1810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $200 (plus $25 per additional acre).Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees3410%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 Restrictions115%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 Rentals115%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 Government1630%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 Debt1115%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
Lobbying15%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises415%This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am-7 am.6-05-080(J)
Alcohol Licensing1810%The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2420%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 Licensing735%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 Regulations210%No excavation projects may operate before 6am or after 6pm, or anytime on Sunday or legal holidays.11-33-108(5)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 2/50

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Year incorporated: 1852
Population (2010): 18,275
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 4
Cluster: E

MHI: $84,935.00

Best Score

Loitering

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Code Accessiblity