Weird Laws in Virginia Anything
Vote List
529 votes 73 voters 9,839 views by  more info

Weird Laws in Virginia

List of strange state laws on the books in Virginia. These rules and regulations were passed by the Virginia state legislature, or in an individual Virginia city, and for one reason or another, were never overturned, remaining active on the books until this day. Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, the laws appeared in the books following a court ruling on a specific case, that then set a common law precedent from that point on.

Strange or unnecessary laws have become a popular source for humor, online and more generally in popular culture. TV shows like "The Simpsons" have had a lot of fun with the notion of small towns having peculiar regulations on the books. (In one episode, Mayor Quimby is surprised to find out the town charter mandates that all ducks wear long pants.)

Often, "dumb laws" as reported on websites and in humor books have been shown to be inaccurate. This sometimes happens because a real, sensible law has been exaggerated or misunderstood, turning into something that sounds silly or ridiculous. Other times, it is simply the result of a hoax being repeated enough times to gain some kind of credibility. If you think any of the laws on this page are not accurate or do not remain active in Virginia, let me know in the comments below.
</> Rerank List
  1. 1
    Up 25
    Down 4

    Corrupt practices of Bribery

    There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than ...
  2. 2
    Up 25
    Down 13

    Sex with the lights on

    Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position ... more
  3. 3
    Up 20
    Down 10

    new! Spitting on a sea gull

    Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated. (Norfolk)
  4. 4
    Up 22
    Down 14

    Woman driving a car

    It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front ... more
  5. 5
    Up 11
    Down 6

    Washing a mule

    No one may wash a mule on the sidewalk. (Culpeper)
  6. 6
    Up 11
    Down 6

    Animal hunting

    No animal may be hunted on Sundays with the exception of racoons, which may be hunted until ... more
  7. 7
    Up 17
    Down 12

    Legal to beat wife

    It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 ... more
  8. 8
    Up 16
    Down 12

    Flipping a coin

    It is illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for a coffee. (Richmond)
  9. 9
    Up 11
    Down 7

    Engaging in business

    You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.
  10. 10
    Up 14
    Down 10

    Tickling a woman

    It is illegal to tickle women.
  11. 11
    Up 7
    Down 4

    Skunk as a pet

    No person may keep a skunk as a pet. (Prince William County)
  12. 12
    Up 14
    Down 11

    Trick-or-treats

    Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
  13. 13
    Up 9
    Down 7

    Pool

    Any person who owns a pool risks a $2500 fine for not closing the gate to the pool when they ... more
  14. 14
    Up 14
    Down 13

    Oral and anal sex

    You may not have oral or anal sex.
  15. 15
    Up 8
    Down 7

    Cuss about another

    It is illegal to cuss about another. (Prince William County)
  16. 16
    Up 8
    Down 8

    Drunk and driving

    If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as ... more
  17. 17
    Up 7
    Down 7

    Riding on the handlebars

    It is illegal for a person to ride on the handlebars of a bike. (Virginia Beach)
  18. 18
    Up 7
    Down 8

    Honk the horn

    Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.
  19. 19
    Up 7
    Down 8

    Special license

    A special license is required for persons wishing to sell such items as tableware and coins. more
  20. 20
    Up 7
    Down 10

    Patting a woman’s derriere

    A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman’s derriere. (Norfolk)
  21. 21
    Up 4
    Down 9

    Driving by the same place

    It is also unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue. (Virginia ... more
  22. 22
    Up 8
    Down 16

    Sexual relationship for singles

    If one is not married, it is illegal for him to have sexual relations.
  23. 23
    Up 6
    Down 13

    Corset

    Women must wear a corset after sundown and be in the company of male chaperon. (Norfolk)
  24. 24
    Up 4
    Down 11

    Radar detectors

    Police radar detectors are illegal.
  25. 25
    Up 6
    Down 15

    Person of color

    A person of color may not be oustide or within the city limits after 7 pm. (Dayton)

items 1 - 25 of 25

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists