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- Affects the public,
- orders something to be done, or something not to be done and
- is accompanied by some form of penalty for failing to comply.
Bylaws enable local authorities to develop laws that:
- are relevant to the local community and
- are technically suited to local conditions.
A local authority can only make a bylaw if it has been empowered by an act of Parliament to do so. Most bylaws are made under the Local Government Act 2002; however, some bylaws are made under a combination of the Local Government Act and other acts. Bylaws should only be made to cover significant issues.