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By-laws are regulations made by the Council (as a legislative body), deriving their power from a grant of power to the Council by an Act of the NSW parliament. By -laws are limited in scope to regulating functions allocated to the Council. For most of the Council's history, by-laws have required approval by the Governor-in-Council, and to be gazetted, before they have legal effect.
The areas of Council activity in which by-laws have played the most important part therefore tend to be the areas in which Council has the greatest responsibilities for regulating aspects of municipal life. This list of headings from the City of Sydney Consolidated By-laws of 1904 gives the flavour:
- Proceedings of Council (ie, standing orders for meetings)
- Butchers and slaughterhouses
- Cattle saleyards
- Civic costume (ie robes of office for Lord Mayor and Aldermen)
- Common lodging-houses
- Porters and barrowmen
- Public health
- StreetsCreationSydney Corporation Act 1842 s42.
Council to have power to make by-laws [for purposes relating to its lawful functions].
Municipalities Act 1858 (s83 for Councils other than the City of Sydney).
Start date1st November 1842End date1st November 1842Relationship legacy dataRELATED TO: Suburban municipal government FN-0029 (03/08/1859 to 31/12/1948)
RELATED TO: Governance of the Council FN-0021 (01/11/1842)
RELATED TO: Traffic management FN-0018 (01/11/1842)
RELATED TO: Water supply, sewerage and drainage FN-0015 (01/11/1842 to 31/12/1888)
RELATED TO: Public health FN-0012 (01/11/1842)
RELATED TO: Town planning FN-0011 (18/05/1936)
RELATED TO: Building and development regulation FN-0010 (01/01/1879)
RELATED TO: Garbage and refuse cleansing FN-0003 (01/11/1842)
RELATED TO: Markets control FN-0001 (01/11/1842 to 30/07/1968)