Woods Cross (3/50)(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 (38/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Woods Cross 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||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||13||10%||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.||8-06-190, 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 without lawful business.||13-06-090(3)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Woods Cross 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.|
|Gun Regulation||29||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Woods Cross has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes: |
• Carrying a firearm in a park is prohibited.
• Minors are prohibited from handling firearms.
|13-06-110(a), 8-06-090, 13-06-110(c)|
Private Property (2/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Woods Cross respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||4||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $50.||Permit application|
|Home Building Fees||27||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,564. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,230 in impact fees, $500 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||16||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $5 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones with a $50 city permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 3 dogs, allows 10 chickens, and 2 beehives.||Per city staff, 12-21-118, 12-21-119|
|Short-term Rentals||1||15%||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 Government||6||30%||The cost of government in Woods Cross as a share of the total taxable economic base is $56 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $262 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $399. The city gets 24% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 47% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 29% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||15||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 5.59%.||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 (1/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Woods Cross's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||4||15%||This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.||6-09-040|
|Alcohol Licensing||2||10%||The city requires $100 for a retail beer license, $150 for a restaurant license, and $150 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||24||20%||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 Licensing||1||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $25 for a home occupation license; $50 for a small commercial license; $50 for a large commercial license; $25 for a temporary firework stand; $25 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $50 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||6||10%||In Woods Cross, businesses may not permit minors to remain between midnight and 5am.||13-06-020|