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Byelaws and local legislation

Byelaws are local laws which the Council can ask the secretary of state to enact. They can cover a variety of issues.

These documents date from 1896 onwards. They are scanned copies, and we apologise for any areas of poor legibility.

Pre-1965 byelaws – Good Rule and Government

These byelaws pre-date the formation of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council in 1965.

Post-1965 byelaws

These byelaws apply to the whole Borough.

Cycling on footpath byelaws

Under the Good Rule and Government byelaws a local authority may prohibit cycling on footpaths not alongside roads. A sign must be clearly displayed.

Confirmation of Mooring Byelaws

On Thursday 12 February 2015 the Council received confirmation from the Secretary of State that the Byelaw outlined below will come into force one calendar month after the date of confirmation.

From 13 March 2015 a criminal offence will be committed if any vessel is moored for longer than permitted without the written consent of the Council. The details of the restrictions are detailed in the documents below.

The offences associated with this byelaw are criminal offences which are punishable upon summary conviction with a maximum fine of £500 per contravention. Both the owner and the master of a vessel may be prosecuted.

Local legislation

The Council is responsible for commons and open spaces in the Borough, and for crematoria.

Make an enquiry

If you have any queries about the byelaws please email the Legal and Electoral Services Department at

Updated: 12 July 2023

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