When oddly specific things become public problems, local legislation steps in to help. Today we will look at a few odds and ends Boulder city laws had to smooth out over the years. Hopefully we will boost today’s water cooler conversations.

Nobody Owns Fifi

A 2 pound dog in its "guardian's" purse. Photo Credit: Tomwsulcer

A 2 pound dog in its “guardian’s” purse. Photo Credit: Tomwsulcer

Dogs in Boulder do not have “owners” according to any public ordinances. You can only be the “guardian” of a dog. This law requiring all public signage to call dog owners “guardians” is the result of animal rights activist calling for reform in the rhetoric surrounding pet relationships. It’s important to note that also included in the legislation requiring references to dog “guardians” is in no way giving the dogs more rights, or their owners fewer. For all legal intents and purposes a dog guardian and a dog owner are the same. This is a (purely symbolic) win for animal rights.

Quit Stacking Those Rocks Ya Hippies

Michael Grab aka Gravity Glue balancing rocks in the Boulder Creek. Photo Credit: Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera.

Michael Grab aka Gravity Glue balancing rocks in the Boulder Creek. Photo Credit: Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera.

You may have heard that “rock stacking” in Boulder is illegal. Well, you aren’t totally wrong. In fact, no rock or boulder can be moved on Boulder public property, which includes the local parks. Since rock stacking inherently means moving the rocks, it makes the activity technically illegal on public lands. You could do it in your backyard all day, but as soon as you do it at a local park you become a criminal. Luckily, Boulder PD doesn’t care about rock stacking/balancing, so carry on with your odd hobby.

Bare chested Ladies in Boulder

Free the Nipples advocate in London. Photo Credit: Funk Dooby.

Free the Nipples advocate in London. Photo Credit: Funk Dooby.

It’s actually completely legal for woman to go topless in Boulder. But given the incredible amount of cat-calling and harassment on any given day warm enough for this activity, most ladies shy away from this privilege. Get your poop in a group fellas and leave those wonderful women alone. Equality benefits everyone (by literal definition). Note that your “downstairs” is still illegal to bare in public. So keep those bacchanalian bits behind closed doors.

Restricting Architectural Eyesores

View from CU Boulder's Engineering Quad. Photo Credit: Zach Dischner.

View from CU Boulder’s Engineering Quad. Photo Credit: Zach Dischner.

No building in Boulder is allowed to exceed 55 feet high. This law was only broken to compensate for slope issues at 29th Street Mall. But AboutBoulder, you cry, what about Williams Village’s Stearns and Darley Towers? Well fine citizen, everyone makes mistakes. The legislation preventing high buildings was written after, and because of, those giant, orange, Flatiron-blocking buildings. Enjoy the uninterrupted views everywhere else in our beautiful city.

No Porch Potatoes Allowed

Ollie over the couch. Photo Credit: RyanDavis199

Ollie over the couch. Photo Credit: RyanDavis199

You cannot legally put a couch on your porch in Boulder. Neither can you put one in your yard, side lot, or alleyway. Seems like an unnecessary restriction, right? Well this law was made to prevent the burning of furniture after major victories by the CU Buffaloes. The potential for citywide fire-tsunami is too real for this law not to exist. We know CU is known for its party scene, but come on kids, arson?

Get Your Llama Off My Lawn

Grazing Llamas. Photo Credit: Milborneone.

Grazing Llamas. Photo Credit: Milborneone.

We saved the weirdest law for last. In Boulder you cannot legally graze your llama on public land. It should be noted that the same clause preventing llama grazing also prohibits sheep, goats, cows, pigs, burros, horses, and mules from doing the same. But the fact that llamas had to be included seems to suggest that all of the animals had to be mentioned before the city’s point was fully made. You can graze your animals with the permission of the city manager however. So you can try that if you really need to feed your llama. No promises though.

Originally from Lone Tree, CO, Joseph Inclan graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in 2010. He applied to just two universities, DU and CU Boulder, and was accepted by both. Joe chose CU for its beauty, and the appeal of the open-minded and quirky city ensured him how right he was to choose Boulder. With a Bachelor’s degree in both English Creative Writing and Philosophy from CU, he has dabbled in everything from poetry to basic technical articles for 3DPrintingIndustry.com. His hobbies have a range too, from fountain pens and handwriting, to yoyos and skill toys. The most important thing for Joe is to understand things complexly. Boulder and its residents live in an evolving miasma of ideologies and cultures which demand more than a 2-Dimensional perspective. Joe’s fascination with Boulder stems from the fact that it is far more than the sum of its parts, and that is a unique quality. He is glad to be a writer with AboutBoulder.com and looks forward to spreading his knowledge of Boulder with the community.