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Current & Past Strange Laws
in Los Angeles County

Sheep, Hollywood Boulevard

Illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time. Los Angeles Almanac Image.


  • 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.
Old Car, Garage

Vintage car in a garage. Pixabay.com.

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.
  • It is illegal to stage a bullfight in your backyard
  • It is illegal to blow snuff in another’s face
  • It is illegal to bath in someone else’s bathwater
  • It is illegal to fly a balloon more than five feet off the ground
  • It is illegal to wash your neighbor’s car without permission
  • It is illegal to sit on an outdoor restaurant table


  • It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
Secretary, Boss, Office, Los Angeles, 1934

Secretary with her boss, Los Angeles, 1934. Photo from the L.A. Times Photo Archive at UCLA Library.

Santa Monica

  • You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.