Park rules and bylaws

Bylaws are local laws made by councils and confirmed by a Secretary of State.

Why do we need bylaws?

We put bylaws in place to help improve everyone’s enjoyment of our parks and open spaces.  Sometimes parks and open spaces are used for activities that are unacceptable. For example, an activity might cause distress or even injury to other users, or damage council or personal property.  The bylaws allow us to monitor such activity and if necessary prevent it altogether.

Breaching a bylaw is an offence and an offender may be prosecuted in court or issued with a fixed penalty notice.

In addition to the bylaws, parks and open spaces managed by the council can also be covered by national laws.  Rangers are responsible for enforcing bylaws and national laws when appropriate.