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1. A law or rule governing the internal affairs of an organization.
2. A secondary law.

[Middle English bilawe, body of local regulations; akin to Danish by-lag, township ordinance : Old Norse bȳr, settlement; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots + Old Norse *lagu, law; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈbaɪˌlɔː) or


1. (Law) a rule made by a local authority for the regulation of its affairs or management of the area it governs
2. (Law) a regulation of a company, society, etc
3. (Law) a subsidiary law
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bӯr dwelling, town; see bower1, law1]


or bye•law


1. a standing rule governing the regulation of internal affairs of a corporation or society.
2. a subsidiary law.
[1325–75; Middle English bilawe=by town (< Scandinavian; compare Dan by) + lawe law1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bylaw - a rule adopted by an organization in order to regulate its own affairs and the behavior of its members
prescript, rule - prescribed guide for conduct or action


[ˈbaɪlɔː] n (British)arrêté m municipal
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Neighbouring Sandwell Council imposed a bye law in October banning roadside vehicle sales by people, carrying a maximum pounds 500 fine.
Bye law 34(b) states that, subject to certain exceptions, "no payment of any kind shall be made by the institute to any member of the council of the institute, or to any firm or company of which a council member is a partner or a director, as the case may be, or in which a member has any interest"
I know Warrington has a bye law prohibiting such behaviour.
In addition, he stated that the ministry had no regulatory powers on the operational hours of the entertainment industry as the honour lied with council bye law offices and the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry.
North West District Council has found it fit to engage farmers associations again to solicit their input in order to promote smooth implementation of the bye law regulations.
The investigation prescribes that, natural improvement partners, for example; the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, (MOFA), Ghana National Fire Service, (GNFS), and the Forestry Commission should reexamine the arrangements of Bye Laws on shrub fires at the Assembly.
A team chaired by the district commissioner was established and it held kgotla meetings in order to compile a report from consultations and thereafter formulate bye laws for the preservation of fish in the district.
The Chairman Senate informed the Senators during session of the upper house of Parliament here, that trustees had made the bye laws to run the trust.