Lone Cypress
Only in Carmel (-by-the-Sea)

Here are some Carmel-only laws and customs
 
  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Trees: The town’s 34,000 trees are closely guarded. Trimming a branch or cutting a tree over 4 inches in girth requires a visit from the city forester. If a tree comes down, a new one needs to be planted elsewhere on the lot.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Stoplights: None exist.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Store Signs: No neon, no lighted bulbs. Design rules generally allow a sign about 2 by 3 feet, about the size of a small painting. Only indirect lighting with low wattage is allowed.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    High Heels: Because tree roots make paths and walkways hazardous, the city requires a permit to wear high heels. The measure, more of a warning about the hazards of strolling, has not been enforced in anyone’s recollection.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Mail: There is no delivery nor street addresses. Mail pickup is at a central post office.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Walking Tours: The town council wants to ban walking tours because of fear that busloads of tourists will tramp through quiet neighborhoods.

  • Carmel-only laws and customs

    Home Rentals: Renting a home for less than a month is forbidden.