All bathtubs must be kept in the backyard.

All buildings costing more then $100,000 to build, must have spent 1% of the money on artwork.

16-6-802. Construction of new public buildings; state funds.

(a) The original construction of any new building shall include works of art for public display, which shall be included by the agency in determining total construction costs of the building at an amount equal to one percent (1%) of total costs but not to exceed one [...]

All citizens must own a rake.

Acworth passed this law in jest, after a nearby city (Kennesaw) passed the same law.

All houses much have white picket fences and full-width, two-story porches.

Seaside is a planned city that was intended to reflect 19th-century architecture. These stipulations are merely two among the many the city planners have devised that have led to the development of a city that looks somewhat like a Disney World resort.

Any person who leans against a public building will be subject to fines.

Any person who owns a pool risks a $2500 fine and a year in prison for not closing the gate to the pool when they get done swimming in it.

152-3. Gates.

All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching, with latches placed at least four (4) feet above the ground. It shall be unlawful for any such gate to be allowed to remain unfastened while the pool is not in use. Fences shall be constructed so as to come within two (2) inches of the [...]

Boulders may not be rolled on city property.

5-4-8 Rolling or Throwing Rocks on Public Property.

No person shall roll, throw, or otherwise move any rocks or boulders on any public property. But this section does not apply to city employees acting within the scope of their employment.

Citizens are not permitted to park their own boat on their lawn.

Every head of household must possess a firearm of some kind.

On May 1, 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-1a] requiring every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition. It was passed partly in response to a 1981 handgun ban in Morton Grove, Illinois. Kennesaw’s law was amended in 1983 to exempt those who conscientiously object to owning a firearm, convicted [...]

Every outlet or switch that is installed requires an electrical inspection fee of $1.33

Exterior burglar bars which are viewable from the street are not allowed.

Sec. 18-3. Security/burglar bars.

(a) Exterior security/burglar bars on doors and windows are not allowed within the city on buildings used for commercial or industrial purposes which would be visible from the street or adjacent structures.

(b) Security/burglar bars shall be allowed on the interior of all buildings. Security/burglar doors shall be allowed only if [...]

If you happen to own a marl bed in North Carolina, the law demands that you put a fence around it.

A marl bed may not be what you think. It is a kind of rock quarry.

If you live on Main Street and want to paint your house, the colors must be approved by the historical society.

In a divorce, women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage. This provision does not apply to men.

Section 30-4-1

Separate property of wife – Property held prior to marriage or acquired after marriage.

All property of the wife, held by her previous to the marriage or to which she may become entitled after the marriage in any manner, is the separate property of the wife and is not subject to the liabilities [...]

Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.

It is illegal to excavate any city street.


SECTION 5. No person, except employees in the Department of Public Works in the lawful performance of their duties, shall make or cause to be made any excavation in a public street or way, for any purpose whatever, without first obtaining written permission from the Selectmen. When an [...]

It is illegal to own gold

Executive Order 6102 was signed on April 5, 1933, by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt “forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States”. The order criminalized the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation. This was followed up by the Gold Reserve Act [...]

It is illegal to remove a public building

Sec. 13-58. Removing or defacing buildings, fences; violation of section declared misdemeanor.

A person may not deface, or injure or remove any fence, gate, railing, porch, building, or other structure upon public land, by writing, cutting or in any other manner within the corporate limits of the City. Any person who violates this section is [...]

It is illegal to store your own stuff in your own garage

According to Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code, “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” Failing to comply with the law can lead to fines of up to $500.

[Added by Ord. 399-89, App. 11/6/89; amended by Ord. 161-92, App. 6/4/92; Ord. [...]

It is illegal to wash or scrub sinks no matter how dirty they get.

It is unlawful to water your lawn when it is raining.

It’s a misdemeanor to keep more than 11 inoperable vehicles in front of a house.

It’s against the law to keep manure in a building unless the building is being used as a stable.

If it is, you can keep up to two cords of manure. If you’re overstocked, you need a permit to relocate it. You can’t leave it in the street.

It’s illegal to attach anything to a pool table.

It’s illegal to post an advertisement on a public urinal.