The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Pleasant Grove (33/50)(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 (37/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Pleasant Grove respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Sterling Codifiers database
Dog Licensing3310%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $11.66 to $35.Link
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.7-4-1
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation1310%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.5-2A-1, Utah 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 without lawful business.5-2D-1(c)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Pleasant Grove 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 $1,000.1-4-1(a), 1-4-1(c)
Gun Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Pleasant Grove has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.5-4-1(a)

Private Property (41/50)

63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Pleasant Grove respects and protects private property rights.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees1510%The cost of a conditional use permit is $200.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees1510%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,734. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $4,650 in impact fees, $250 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions4715%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $35 permit. Beehives are not permitted in residential zones. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, no chickens, and no beehives.5-1A-1, 5-1C-12, Per city staff (not a permitted use)
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 Government2830%The cost of government in Pleasant Grove as a share of the total taxable economic base is $88 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $331 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $480. The city gets 19% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 24% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 58% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt4815%The city is currently utilizing 1.76% of thier debt limit for general obligation bonds; however, if calculated for all bonds (including revenue bonds), the utilization would be 25.98%.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 (13/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises2215%This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a fitness center; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.3-2-12
Alcohol Licensing2910%The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $400 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax1320%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.75% 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 Licensing1135%This city charges the following licensing fees: $50 for a home occupation license; $75 for a small commercial license; $75 for a large commercial license; $300 for a temporary firework stand; $300 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $50 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations2310%Pleasant Grove prohibits auctions between 6pm and 7am, or during December. Dance halls must be closed midnight to 6am and all day Sunday. Street vendors may not operate between 10:30pm and 7am. And home businesses may not have employees on the premises between 5pm and 8am.3-5-6(B)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 33/50

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Year incorporated: 1855
Population (2010): 33,509
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Utah
Class: 3
Cluster: B

MHI: $63,110.00

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