That is a horrible waste of energy Saab - but I wouldn't say that's the norm in the US.
I've always been able to hang out my clothes in the US. It depends on what sort of neighborhood you choose to buy a house in. I wouldn't buy a house in a neighborhood that wanted to tell me what I could or couldn't do to that extent.
Who would even want to live in a neighborhood like that?
I love the actual act of hanging out clothes. Seriously. It's one of my favorite bits of housework - probably because I get to do it outside.
When the rains come and it gets cold, I hang my clothes on the radiators.
I do have a dryer but it's the rare occasion that I ever use it - I'd say I use it ten or twelve times a year - actually probably less than once a month.
Along with feeling that I'm killing two birds with one stone - since I have to have the heating on, I'll also dry the clothes with it instead of using extra electricity - I also feel I'm getting some good exercise that way - carrying the clothes basket full of wet clothes up and down the stairs from radiator to radiator and then walking up and down the stairs collecting the dry clothes off the radiators from each room in the house.