There are Some Strange Laws … in Utah

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Utahans eat twice as much lime green Jell-O as the rest of the population of the United States. While that isn’t illegal—and perhaps it should be—there are some very strange laws on the books in the Beehive State.

No Throwing Rocks.

The city of Logan has an ordinance against throwing rocks. Manure too. City Code § 12.04.150 states:


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It is unlawful for any person to throw, cast or put into, drop and leave in any street or public place within the city limits of this city, any stones, gravel, dirt, manure or garbage or allow the same either intentionally or carelessly to drop off or be thrown from any truck or other vehicle driving through the streets of this city, and allow the same to remain without immediately removing it.

So, “casting” a manure-encased rock would probably also be illegal.

And just so you know, the Logan City Environmental Department contracts with all 19 cities, towns, and unincorporated areas in Cache County to provide residential and commercial solid waste and recycling collection. They cover the entire 1,165 square miles of Cache County and serve more than 100,000 customers.


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So there should be no excuse for throwing garbage at someone instead of in its proper receptacle.

Elephant Hunting is Strictly Illegal.

Scientific American says that “Remarkable recall power … is a big part of how elephants survive.”

It also helps that there are laws like Utah Statute § 23-20-4.5 which prohibits the hunting of these pachyderms.

The statute states “[t]his statute lists the restitution amounts for the illegal killing of certain species (including bald and golden eagles) of wildlife, with enhanced monetary penalties for ‘trophy’ animals. These funds are used in educational and wildlife enforcement activities by the state.”


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So if you see any rhinos, elephants, lions, or leopards loitering around the state, leave ‘em be.

Absolutely No Sheep Herding in Salt Lake City.

City Code § 8.12.200 states that you can’t allow your cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats or swine to “run at large, or be herded, picketed, or staked out” on any street, sidewalk or any other public place within the of the city limits. If you do, your cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats or swine may be taken up and driven to the animal shelter.

Salt Lake County Animal Services has pictures of dogs and cats on its website… no cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats or swine are shown, but I’m sure they’re ready for anything at the largest no-kill shelter in Utah! Spay and neuter!

Apparently Salt Lake City isn’t big on free ranging animals. Another city ordinance says the owner or person in charge turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, or other “similar domestic fowl” can’t let them trespass upon someone else’s property.

And Don’t Even Think About Betting Your Baby Ruth Bar.

Salt Lake City Code §15.08.110 prohibits playing or betting in any game of dice, slots, wheels, or other device, for candy (or any other thing representative of value).

I bet you a Butterfinger’s you didn’t know that. No? how ‘bout half a Kit Kat?

You Can’t Drive On The Sidewalk.

Strange? Well maybe not, but that same law prohibits from you from leaving your pet iguana on the sidewalk, which most likely “impede or obstruct the ordinary use of the sidewalk.” Utah Code § 72-7-105(1).

This Ain’t No Circus.

“A person operating a bicycle or moped shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.” Utah Code § 41-6a-1112(2). Also, you can’t use a bicycle or moped if you’re carrying a package if it prevents you from having both hands “in the control and operation of the bicycle or moped.” So, no clowning around.

Cancel that Catastrophe.

That’s right, Doctor Doom, it’s illegal. Utah Code § 76-6-105(1) says you can’t cause a catastrophe of “widespread injury or damage” by the use of “a weapon of mass destruction,” or “explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of a building, or other harmful or destructive force or substance that is not a weapon of mass destruction.”

A Couple of Liters of Beer is All You Get.

A retail licensee may not sell, offer for sale, or furnish beer in a size of container that exceeds two liters. Utah Code § 32B-5-304(5)(b).

So you’d be okay with a “growler” (64 ounces or 1.8 liters), a “crowler or a “howler (32 oz or just under a liter), and even a beer bomber (22 ounces or 650ml). But you’re not going to find anyone who will sell you a full-size Keg (over 58 liters), a Pony Keg (about 30 liters), or even a sixth barrel (19 liters).

You also can’t get a 50-or 30-liter keg, but we don’t know how large those are.

Throwing Snowballs? Uh-uh.

It’s a misdemeanor to throw a stone, stick, snowball, “or other missile” in Provo.

Provo City Ordinance 9.14.100, entitled “Throwing Missiles,” says:

Every person who shall willfully or carelessly within the limits of this City throw any stone, stick, snowball or other missile whereby any person shall be hit, or any window broken or other property injured or destroyed or in such manner as to render travel upon the public streets and places of the City dangerous, or in such a manner as to frighten or annoy any traveler, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

I would imagine a missile would annoy a traveler.

Okay, Utah, that’s it.

And remember, you can always add shredded carrots to your lime green Jell-O mix to sweeten it up.

Kurt Mattson

Kurt R. Mattson is the President of Union Legal Research. His company provides law firms with legal research and pleading drafting, along with blogging and market research.

Comments 7

  1. also ur mom says:

    Someone send me to jail because I’ve broken the last law. (Throwing snowballs) I’m probably the most want because of that law.

  2. ur dads mom says:

    I live in ut and didn’t know these i guess I’m a criminal during the winter ❄

  3. Ur mom (utah) says:

    people once believed that there was a whale in the salt lake. Also, most of these (that I know of) are true. also to include that you can’t not drink milk. Also, no throwing missiles at busses. especially for car drivers.

  4. ALA says:

    who ever made that rule about throwing snowballs Id like to throw one at him.

  5. arik says:

    it is also illeagal to collect rain water

  6. Jessica Johnson says:


    I also live in UT and this is all true.. It is also illegal to hunt wales here.

  7. Jordan Bangerter says:

    What the heck . this is not true. I live in Utah and these rules are not true at all.

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