The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

West Haven (4/50)(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 (24/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity4910%This city does not have its entire set of laws posted online for citizens to review.Partial list in document format
Dog Licensing1310%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $10. to $25.Link
Free Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.
Daytime Curfew4210%West Haven is one of a handful cities in Utah that imposes a daytime curfew on minors.Ord. 02-01
Vice Regulation110%This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.DABC, 13-07
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.Ord. 02-01
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in West Haven 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.County
Gun Regulation115%West Haven does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits.

Private Property (6/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees1010%The cost of a conditional use permit is $100 (plus $25 per additional acre).Permit application
Home Building Fees2010%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $7,498. This includes $3,815 in permit fees, $3,683 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions715%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 only allows you to have 3 dogs, no chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.Per city staff, Non-permitted use (see definition, "FAMILY FOOD PRODUCTION")
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 Government230%The cost of government in West Haven as a share of the total taxable economic base is $40 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $180 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $286. The city gets % of its tax revenue from property taxes, 55% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 45% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt2015%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 6.70%.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 (9/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises115%This city does not own any enterprises that compete with the private market.City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions110%This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.Ordinance 8-91, Section 5
Alcohol Licensing1510%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $500 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2820%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.85% 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 0.0%, a transient room tax at 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing2435%This city charges the following licensing fees: $50 for a home occupation license; $200 for a small commercial license; $2000 for a large commercial license; $200 for a temporary firework stand; $200 for a temporary christmas tree lot.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations2010%In West Haven, car washes may not operate between 10pm and 6am. Garbage collection may only occur 7am to 7pm. Commercial and domestic power equipment may only operate between 7am and 10pm. Firing ranges may only operate between 7am and 10pm, and may not operate on Sunday.

City Data

Overall Ranking: 4/50

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Year incorporated: 1991
Population (2010): 10,272
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Weber
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $70,610.00

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Campaign Contribution Limits

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Code Accessiblity