Strange California Laws

Every state has strange laws on the books. Usually these served a purpose at one time, like the one in South Carolina where all men are required to bring a rifle to church on Sundays in case of Indian raids. California is no exception. Here are some laws on the books in California that might be a little outdated. You’ve really got to wonder what brought some of these laws about.

  • It’s unlawful to allow a dog to pursue a bear or a bobcat.
  • Grocery stores in San Jose and Sunnyvale are not allowed to provide plastic bags.
  • If you want to throw a frisbee on a beach in Los Angeles, you need to get permission from a lifeguard first.
  • Animals are not allowed to mate within 1500 feet of a church, school or tavern.
  • Bathhouses are not permitted in California.
  • Unless it’s a whale, you’re not allowed to shoot game from a moving vehicle.
  • If you’re a woman, you’re not allowed to drive in a housecoat.
  • A vehicle may not exceed 60 miles per hour without a driver.
  • You must have a permit to park your car on the street overnight in Alhambra.
  • Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street or driveway in Arcadia.
  • In Baldwin Park, you’re not allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
  • The wording of a City Council order in Belvedere City Council might need some review: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.”
  • You can’t wear cowboy boots in Blythe unless you own two or more cows.
  • Except for on a baseball diamond, it’s illegal to spit in Burlingame.
  • Men are not allowed to go outside in Carmel while wearing pants and a jacket that don’t match.
  • You have seven days to remove dog waste from a yard in Cerritos.
  • Gardens may not be planted in a public street.
  • In Chico:
    • Cattle can’t be herded down the street.
    • You’ll get a $500 fine for detonating a nuclear device within city limits.
    • Sidewalk bowling is illegal.
  • In Dana Point:
    • You can’t use your own restroom if the window is open.
    • You can’t wash your car in the street in Downey.
    • Pinball machines and horse racing games are not allowed in El Monte.
  • In Eureka:
  • If you want to play baseball in a public park, you have to get written permission from the Director of Public Works first.
  • Mustachioed men may not kiss women.
  • You can’t annoy a lizard in a city park in Fresno.

It’s unlikely you’ll ever be charged with any of the outlandish laws listed above, but if you ever do run afoul of any of these laws in the San Diego area, give us a call at (619) 630-8LAW (8529).

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