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 […]

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. […]

Screens are required on all windows from May 1 to October 1.


C.Screen requirements. From May 1 to October 1, in every dwelling unit, for protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects, every door opening directly from a dwelling unit to outdoor space shall have supplied and installed screens and a self-closing device, and every window or other device with openings to outdoor space used or […]

You used to be fined up to $500 for removing or defacing the label on a pillow.

No one may set fire to another person’s property without prior permission.

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 […]

You may not have more than five inoperable vehicles on a piece of property.

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

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

No one may allow their cellar door to remain open.

5.08.080 Open Cellar Doors or Grates. No owner or person in charge of a property shall permit a cellar, door, or grate located in or upon a sidewalk or public pathway to remain open except when such entrance is being used and, when being used, there are adequate safeguards for pedestrians using the sidewalk. Violation […]

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

Items left on a tree lawn become city property.

A young man was fined for removing an item from a tree lawn even though he had the owner’s permission.

All bathtubs must be kept in the backyard.

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

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.

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

No person may have a “yard sale” in their front yard.

9.28.060 Yard or garage sales–Restrictions.

A. It is unlawful for any person or persons to offer for sale household goods in a “yard” or “garage” sale in an area in front of the front building line of the premises in which such person or persons reside.

B. It is unlawful for any person or persons […]

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

You can not have a antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25 foot satellite dish.

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 […]

Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.

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

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

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 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 […]