Definition of by-law in English:

by-law

(also bye-law)

noun

  • 1British A regulation made by a local authority or corporation.

    • ‘The City of Johannesburg has drafted a new by-law designed to streamline its credit control and debt collection efforts, and is now calling on the public to comment on the proposals.’
    • ‘The findings came from a study that the association conducted on the Liquor Act and relevant municipal and local authority by-laws on the implementation of the act.’
    • ‘He sought an order quashing the resolution and by-law of the township, which permitted the closing of the shore road allowance.’
    • ‘In the absence of a fact situation which calls into question the validity of the by-law or the policy, an adjudication on these matters would be academic.’
    • ‘Meetings and marches are subject to the laws prohibiting obstruction of the highway, public nuisance, and trespass, and to local authority by-laws.’
    • ‘He maintains he's a serious campaigner for free speech, which he says is curtailed by oppressive local by-laws.’
    • ‘Car park by-laws and parking place by-laws have just been extended in the town.’
    • ‘Other forms of delegated legislation include the power of ministers to legislate by Order in Council and for local authorities to make by-laws.’
    • ‘The Public Health Act of 1875 also empowered local authorities to impose by-laws on house construction, to monitor standards and facilities.’
    • ‘In the peculiar circumstances of this case, I find that a case has not been made to deny the directors their right to enforce the by-laws of the corporation.’
    • ‘The process to amend the by-laws will now commence with full public consultation before the matter returns to the City Council for final decision.’
    • ‘In the coming months the City of Montreal will be holding public hearings regarding its first by-law limiting the uses of pesticides on the island.’
    • ‘The department's functions include traffic policing, policing of municipal by-laws and regulations and the prevention of crime.’
    • ‘An anti-conversion and demolition control by-law would protect low-income housing during the games, but Vancouver city council refused to pass it.’
    • ‘In my opinion the city, acting in a more restricted sphere in the enforcement of its own by-laws, is likewise in a different position from the ordinary litigant.’
    • ‘The by-laws allow police to fine those caught boozing in controlled areas.’
    • ‘The draft City by-laws have been extensively publicised in the media to allow members of the public to comment.’
    • ‘What Saxon and Viking loaves looked like and what size they were is anyone's guess, but it should not surprise us find out that they were well regulated by local by-laws if put up for sale.’
    • ‘Local politicians last week approved new draft parking bye-laws for the town which will begin a public consultation process and enable objections be heard to the proposals.’
    • ‘More than 90 per cent of local authorities have by-laws on school-age working that conflict with national legislation.’
    regulation, statute, enactment, act, bill, decree, edict, rule, ruling, resolution, promulgation, measure, motion, dictum, command, order, stipulation, commandment, directive, pronouncement, ratification, proclamation, dictate, diktat, fiat, covenant, demand
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  • 2A rule made by a company or society to control the actions of its members.

    • ‘The organization is strictly ruled by a set of by-laws which requires frequent voting on decision-making and the election of leaders.’
    • ‘Discussing the issue at their meeting on Monday night, community council members agreed that a bye-law would be too heavy-handed a measure to use to discourage the group of drinkers who spend time in Broad Street.’
    • ‘Trafford council is considering a new by-law which will help control the activities of both charitable and commercial collectors.’
    • ‘The company itself controlled its members through by-laws giving exclusive rights in certain books to certain publishers.’
    • ‘The ire of Laois members was raised when the issue of new by-laws for the organisation came under scrutiny.’
    • ‘We had excellent volunteers who helped draw up our by-laws, formalize our board, and solicit members.’
    • ‘Members agreed the by-law should be abolished.’
    • ‘A quorum of 500 attendees was required by the society to pass amendments to their by-laws.’
    • ‘He welcomed the Town Council's move to introduce bye-laws to control the use of jet skis in Tramore Bay, but stressed that the laws needed to be backed up with the resources to enforce them.’
    • ‘Sligo County Council's environmental services presented the bye-laws to members of both the county and borough councils, who approved them last week.’
    • ‘And then there's the thing about board members changing their own by-laws so they can remain on the board for longer.’
    • ‘Westport Town Council recently adopted by-laws which aim to control the consumption of intoxicating liquor in public places.’
    • ‘Youghal Town Council was planning to implement stringent bye-laws next month to control and restrict pleasure craft within the harbour, which boasts two Blue Flag beaches.’
    • ‘The adoption of a by-law to control skateboarding in certain parts of the borough is another option being considered by the council.’
    • ‘New bye-laws proposed for Ballina public parks will stop and control everything from bicycles to bonfires, will outlaw walking on flower beds, ban climbing on trees or fences and prevent interference with any birds in the parks.’
    • ‘She added if the members wanted to put specific penalties for non-compliance in the by-laws they could do so but they were also dealt with under the act.’
    • ‘His proposal was the members should, ‘adopt a by-law prohibiting the discharge of firearms of all descriptions within the town council area.’’
    • ‘Before 2001, the society's by-laws could be changed by referendum.’
    • ‘He believed these areas should be brought under the control of the overall parking bye-laws.’
    • ‘Central to its operation is an agreed code of conduct, which, together with other by-laws, all members agree to abide by.’
    local law, regulation, rule
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Origin

Middle English: probably from obsolete byrlaw ‘local law or custom’, from Old Norse býjar, genitive singular of býr town, but associated with by.

Pronunciation:

by-law

/ˈbʌɪlɔː/