A byelaw is a law which only affects the area of a Council. They are issued (made) by that Council only when it has been granted the power to do so by an Act of Parliament. The purpose of byelaws is to prevent or reduce some nuisance or harm to people who live, visit or work in that area. Basically – they act like other laws, but deal with local problems rather than national problems. They must not be inconsistent with national laws, however, nor can they be “manifestly unreasonable”. They can be enforced by the Council or by police in some circumstances.
Some of the byelaws listed below refer to those earlier authorities. However, they remain valid until either superseded by national law, or withdrawn by Runnymede Borough Council even if they are of little relevance any more.