Guidance

Pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces: model byelaw 2

Model byelaw for local authorities to regulate public walks, pleasure grounds, open spaces and burial grounds.

Documents

Model byelaw 2

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Flowchart 1: enabling powers for pleasure ground and open spaces byelaws

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Flowchart 2: enabling powers for commons and town or village greens

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Model byelaw 2: guidance notes

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Detail

Section 164 of the Public Health Act 1875 and section 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 enable local authorities to make byelaws for the regulation of public walks and pleasure grounds and of open spaces and burial grounds respectively.

Section 12 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 extends the types of land for which byelaws can be made under section 15 of that Act.

Byelaws should be adopted only as genuinely required to address an existing problem. If councils are in doubt about the layout of the byelaws they are advised to use the standard scheme and not seal the byelaws until they have received the approval of the secretary of state.