Kaysville (14/50)(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 (50/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Kaysville respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||35||10%||This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.||PDF 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||45||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, along with payment of a $20 fee.||Special Event Permit|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||34||10%||This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in all public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||12-2-05, 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||31||10%||The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds.||6-3-2(3)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Kaysville 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.||1-3-1, Per city staff|
|Gun Regulation||40||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Kaysville 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.||6-6-2|
Private Property (7/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Kaysville respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||4||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $50. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $50 for appeals.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||19||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $7,212. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $5,195 in impact fees, $183 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||33||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $50 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, no chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.||15-3-6, 17-24|
|Short-term Rentals||17||15%||This city prohibits property owners from renting their residential property on a short-term basis as is often done through services like Airbnb and VRBO.||Per city staff (based on non-permitted land use)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||3||30%||The cost of government in Kaysville as a share of the total taxable economic base is $50 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $174 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $351. The city gets 14% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 33% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 52% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||4||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 1.21%.||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 (3/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Kaysville's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||13||15%||This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||12||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 6 am.||16-3-5-8|
|Alcohol Licensing||4||10%||The city requires $75 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||5||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.5% on its citizens. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 4.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||14||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $30 for a home occupation license; $95 for a small commercial license; $95 for a large commercial license; $450 for a temporary firework stand; $450 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $120 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||8||10%||Kaysville prohibits construction work, commercial power equipment operation, and garbage collection between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Firing ranges must close between 10pm and 7am and all day Sunday.||14-3-1|