List of strange state laws on the books in Ohio. These rules and regulations were passed by the Ohio state legislature, or in an individual Ohio 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 Almost every city and state has some outdated, old-fashioned or even nonsensical laws on the books, and they can come about for a variety of reasons.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 Ohio, let me know in the comments below.
Mistreating It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance.
Arresting No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.
Lost pet tiger If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)
Colored chicken It is illegal to display colored chickens for sale. (Akron)
Drive around the town square It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session. (Oxford)
Duck Your duck may not paraded down Ohio Avenue. (McDonald)
Throwing a snake Throwing a snake at anyone is illegal. (Toledo)
Posting signs Posting signs at swimming pools is illegal.
Five women It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
Slot machines Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)
Skateboarding Skateboarding in the city limits after dark is prohibited. (Akron)
Soliciting sex No person shall solicit sex from another of the same gender if it offends the second person. (Akron)
Honk the horn The Ohio driver’s education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car.
Riding on the roof of a taxi Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed. (Youngstown)
Playing any game It is a misdemeanor to play any game in a public park without the Superintendent’s permission. (Canton)
Anal intercourse Anal intercourse is banned. (Cincinnati)
Fishing for whales It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
Duel Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.
Catch 22 is banned. (Strongsville)
TannerWright added Fishing In Newrichmond Ohio it is illeagle to fish on the river bank, form 10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Breast feeding Breast feeding is not allowed in public.
Catching mice It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license. (Cleveland)
1525889585456 added It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
Electric fences Electric fences are banned. (Canton)
Wearing patent leather shoes Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
Lima on map Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Lima)
Items left on a tree lawn Items left on a tree lawn become city property. (Fairview Park)
Ignoring an orator In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker’s stand, you can be fined $25.
TannerWright added Skate boarding while fishing. This law is in effict only for Newrichmond Ohio.
Women stripping off It’s illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man’s picture. (Oxford)
Cross-dressing Cross-dressing is against the law. (Ironton)