Blog: Funny Laws You Won't Believe Are True

See if you've broken some of these absurd laws in Los Angeles and surrounding cities.

Over the years, Los Angeles and the surrounding cities have passed some pretty interesting (for a lack of a better term) laws. I thought they were too funny and obscure not to share with all you Patch readers out there. 

Enjoy these from the LA Almanac :


  • Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.


  • You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.

Baldwin Park

  • Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.


  • It is illegal to wash your car in the street. (Passed 1995).

Hollywood (when it was an independent city)

  • It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.

Long Beach

  • Cars are the only item allowed in a garage.
  • It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.

City of Los Angeles

  • It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent.
  • You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
  • You may not hunt moths under a streetlight.
  • It is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
  • Toads may not be licked.
  • It is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church. Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison.
  • Zoot suits are prohibited.
  • Illegal to stage a bullfight in your backyard.
  • Illegal to blow snuff in another’s face.
  • Illegal to bath in someone else’s bathwater.
  • Illegal to fly a balloon more than five feet off the ground.
  • Illegal to wash your neighbor’s car without permission.
  • Illegal to sit on an outdoor restaurant table.


  • It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.

Santa Monica

  • You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.

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Patch Fan December 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
There is a special reason for the Arcadia law granting peacocks the right of way over automobiles: an unusual community of the birds is a neighborhood attraction, and this law enables residents to put up official signs to protect them by notifying unaware drivers of their special situation.
Chanel Hason December 03, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Oh yes I worked in Arcadia all summer long- I definitely know that law is much needed for that neighborhood. But, I would assume from and outsider's point of view it would seem a bit silly if they don't know that the LA Arboretum there houses over 50 peacocks that can freely jump in the street and end up in people's yards.
Nicole Charky December 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
@Chanel - These are hilarious. I really do recall seeing a percussion instrument on the beach. I'd be curious to find out if you need a permit to play. And by the way, I would not complain if my neighbor washed my car!


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