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5 Myths of Bylaw Drafting

Each time a bylaw is created or amended, a local government must be sure it has clear authority to regulate or prohibit over the subject matter. Otherwise, a local government can risk having a part or the whole of a bylaw being declared invalid by a court. Poorly written bylaws may still be supported, but defending bylaw mistakes in court can be risky and costly. To minimize this risk, local government staff should plan ahead and ensure that draft bylaws are discussed and reviewed with a lawyer before they are enacted.

You can download a PDF of Elena Merritt’s article on the 5 Myths of Bylaw Drafting to learn more.

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