Last year a couple in the city of San Juan Capistrano, were fined $600 for holding a home Bible study. Ironically, the city was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra.
They were served 2 $300 fines for not having a permit, since the city was considering it a church. They appealed but were told that future fines would be higher if they continued without a permit.
The californiality articles mentions that:
The Fromm Family was expected to go through the same expenses, permits and approvals as a church full of worshipers would, including engineering and traffic studies, architectural designs, seismic retrofits and public hearings regarding the need for such a prayer meeting..
The case has gone to appeals court. The situation created a PR nightmare. The Fromm couple “dropped their lawsuit after the city returned their money and offered to re-examine the municipal code”
Full article can be found here.