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.
|Code Accessiblity||1||10%||This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.||Sterling Codifiers database|
|Dog Licensing||33||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 $11.66 to $35.||Link|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.||7-4-1|
|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.||5-2A-1, Utah 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.||5-2D-1(c)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||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 Regulation||8||15%||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.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||15||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $200.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||15||10%||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 Restrictions||47||15%||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 Rentals||17||15%||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 Government||28||30%||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 Debt||48||15%||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|
|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 (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.
|City-owned Enterprises||22||15%||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 Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.||3-2-12|
|Alcohol Licensing||29||10%||The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $400 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||13||20%||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 Licensing||11||35%||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 Regulations||23||10%||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)|