A byelaw is a "rule made by a local authority to regulate its own affairs".

Where national legislation does not already exist to prohibit or regulate a comparatively minor and localised activity such as roller skating on the footway, urinating and defecating in the street, a council may make a byelaw.

The power and procedure to make byelaws is provided by government legislation and all byelaws must be confirmed (approved) by the Secretary of State of the relevant government department.

Breaching a byelaw is a criminal offence and an offender may be prosecuted in the Magistrates' Court or in some instances, as an alternative to prosecution, issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Search for a byelaw

For a list of byelaws please search for 'byelaw' in the publications database (PDF, 163KB).

Last updated: 2 May 2017
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