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Dear PoP – Are Clothes Lines Legal?

by Prince Of Petworth September 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm 45 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

Can you ask your readers if clothes lines (outdoor) are legal in Washington, DC? I thought they were illegal, but I can’t seem to find the correct answer…”

Wow, I’ve seen lots of clothes lines around DC. I just assumed, of course, it was legal. Why would it be illegal? Like a blight or something? Maybe there are rules like clothes can only be hung on a line for like 6 hours or something? Anyone know if there are any rules on this?

Personally I like clothes lines when they are in people’s back/side yards or fire escapes. But I suppose if everyone had one in their front yards it could look a bit odd…


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