The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity3510%This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.PDF 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 Speech4515%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, along with payment of a $20 fee.Special Event Permit
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation3410%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 Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering3110%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds.6-3-2(3)
Violation of Ordinances1110%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 Regulation4015%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.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees410%The cost of a conditional use permit is $50. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $50 for appeals.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees1910%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 Restrictions3315%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 Rentals1715%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 Government330%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 Debt415%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
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 (3/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Kaysville's protection—or violation—of the free market.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises1315%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 Restrictions1210%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 6 am.16-3-5-8
Alcohol Licensing410%The city requires $75 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax520%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 Licensing1435%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 Regulations810%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

City Data

Overall Ranking: 14/50

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Year incorporated: 1868
Population (2010): 27,300
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 4
Cluster: E

MHI: $86,489.00

Best Score

Campaign Contribution Limits

Worst Score

Free Speech