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Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Act 2012

The Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Act 2012 (‘the Act’):

  • reforms procedures for making byelaws in Wales, including removing a requirement for confirmation of byelaws by the Welsh Ministers;
  • enables certain byelaws to be enforced by fixed penalty notices;
  • requires authorities that make byelaws to have regard to any guidance given by the Welsh Ministers on procedure;
  • restates for Wales a general power to make byelaws.

The Explanatory Notes to the Act provide detailed commentary on the various provisions.

Coming into force

Sections 18(1) and 21 to 23 came into force on 30 November 2012, which is the day after the Act received Royal Assent, in accordance with section 22(1).

The other provisions of this Act come into force on a day appointed by the Welsh Ministers by order, in accordance with section 22(2). The following Orders have been made:

Subordinate legislation made under the Act

TitleCitation numberMade dateComing into force dateSupporting documents
The Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Act 2012 (Amendment) Order 20142014 No. 3111 (W. 311)18 November 2014 19 November 2014  Explanatory Memorandum
The Local Government Byelaws (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 20142014 No. 2717 (W. 273)9 October 2017 November 2014Explanatory Memorandum

Consideration of the legislation by the Senedd

The Bill was introduced on 28 November 2011 by Carl Sargeant AM, who was the Minister for Local Government and Communities at the time. The Bill was passed by Senedd Cymru on 3 July 2012.

More information about the Act is available on the Senedd’s website including a record of passage of the Bill through the Senedd and the Explanatory Memorandum that was prepared by the Welsh Government (as revised after Stage 2)

The Act received Royal Assent on 29 November 2012.


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10 May 2024