BILL NO. 113

(as passed)

2nd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
59 Elizabeth II, 2010



Government Bill



Clothesline Act

CHAPTER 34 OF THE ACTS OF 2010



The Honourable Bill Estabrooks
Minister of Energy



First Reading: November 25, 2010 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)

Second Reading: November 29, 2010

Third Reading: December 9, 2010

Royal Assent: December 10, 2010

An Act to Prevent Prohibitions
on the Use of Clotheslines

WHEREAS the use of clotheslines to dry clothes reduces energy consumption, greenhouse gas and mercury emissions;

AND WHEREAS Nova Scotians should have the ability to utilize clotheslines outdoors;

THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Clothesline Act.

2 The purpose of this Act is to ensure no law, by-law, covenant or agreement prevents, prohibits or unreasonably restricts the installation, placement or use of a clothesline outdoors at a single-family dwelling or on the ground floor of a multi-unit residential building.

3 "clothesline" means a line, rope, wire or cord used to hang laundry to dry.

4 (1) No Act, by-law, covenant, agreement or contract prevents or prohibits the installation, placement or use of a clothesline outdoors at a single family dwelling or on the ground floor of a multi-unit residential building.

(2) For greater certainty, subsection (1) applies to an Act, by-law, covenant, agreement or contract whether made or entered into before or after the coming into force of this Act.

5 Notwithstanding Section 4, nothing in this Act prevents reasonable restrictions on the installation, placement or use of a clothesline.

6 In the event of a conflict between this Act and any other enactment, this Act prevails.


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