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10 Weird California Laws

old weird laws in California

California is home to sunshine, beautiful beaches, incredible scenery, and an abundance of weird, hyper-specific laws. There are numerous old laws still technically on the books, although they are rarely actually enforced.

From strange to silly, these weird laws in California are guaranteed to make you scratch your head and wonder, “what was the story here?”.

Below is our list of 10 weird laws in California

  1. Women are not allowed to drive a motor vehicle while wearing a houseboat.
  2. It is illegal to hunt any game while in a moving vehicle except whaling. However, whaling is also illegal.
  3. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles an hour. But what’s this mean for self-driving cars?
  4. In Eureka, men with mustaches cannot kiss a woman. A local razor company must’ve been ecstatic when this came into play.
  5. In San Francisco, it is illegal to have a pet bear, gorilla, crocodile, or any other wild animal. This is already state law, so it looks like San Francisco needed to be extra clear about it.
  6. Luckily this law was thrown out in 2012, but before then, no frisbees or footballs were allowed to be used in Los Angeles Beaches without lifeguard permission.
  7. Carmel is home to some of the strangest laws, including this old one, that made it illegal to stand on the sidewalk with ice cream. It was created to keep the streets clean and luckily repealed by Past Mayor Clint Eastwood.
  8. Also, in Carmel, women are required to have a permit to wear heels more than 2 inches in height. This law was authored to defend the city from lawsuits over accidents happening on the irregular pavement, although local police don’t cite any violations.
  9. Thinking about washing your neighbor’s car? In Los Angeles, it is illegal to do so without their permission.
  10. In San Francisco and Long Beach, it is illegal to store anything other than automobiles in a garage. It’s a law that frequently gets broken.

We’re sure each one of these laws has a story behind it, and there could be plenty more to add to the list. If you know of any, contact us here.

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