The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Dog Licensing

Category: Individual Liberty

The freedom to own a dog is subjected to government permission in every city we studied. To measure the impact of this requirement on individuals, we compared the license fees residents in each city would have to pay. Some cities outsource dog licensure to the county and so we looked at the fees a resident in any given city would expect to pay despite the specific entity that charged the fee.

This metric was calculated by determining the lowest fee an individual would expect to pay if they purchased a multi-year license for an altered and micro-chipped dog, and determining the highest annual fee for a single year license for an unaltered and non-micro-chipped dog. The two amounts were normalized individually, weighted, and combined to create the metric score. Since higher fees are designed to be slightly coercive of individual choice, the higher fee level was weighted slightly more at 60% of the total metric score.

To see a specific city's laws for this metric, click on its name in the right column, then find the row in the table below the Individual Liberty category.

City Scores

To learn about our scoring methodology, click here.

Rank City Score
1Murray2.587
2Draper1.406
3Cottonwood Heights1.226
3Taylorsville1.226
5Brigham City0.971
5South Jordan0.971
7North Ogden0.885
8St. George0.767
8Tooele0.767
10Hurricane0.631
11West Valley City0.545
12South Ogden0.486
13Logan0.426
13West Haven0.426
15West Jordan0.406
16Heber City0.365
17Salt Lake City0.280
18Sandy0.184
19Holladay0.086
19Lehi0.086
19Midvale0.086
19Riverton0.086
23Bountiful-0.328
23Centerville-0.328
23Clearfield-0.328
23Clinton-0.328
23Farmington-0.328
23Kaysville-0.328
23Layton-0.328
23North Salt Lake-0.328
23Syracuse-0.328
23Woods Cross-0.328
33American Fork-0.520
33Cedar Hills-0.520
33Eagle Mountain-0.520
33Highland-0.520
33Lindon-0.520
33Orem-0.520
33Payson-0.520
33Pleasant Grove-0.520
33Provo-0.520
33Saratoga Springs-0.520
33Spanish Fork-0.520
33Springville-0.520
45South Salt Lake-0.595
46Herriman-0.615
47Roy-0.713
48Washington-0.914
49Cedar City-1.275
49Ogden-1.275