L6 – What is the difference between Byelaws and Regulations?

Byelaws are intended to govern behaviour in the market. They apply to both traders and the general public. They are approved by the Secretary of State. There is a model set of byelaws but market operators can amend to suit their particular requirements. The byelaws are enforced by court action. Regulations are part of the contractual relationship with traders and are more flexible than byelaws. They are much easier to review and change as the Market Operator has overall responsibility for enforcement. It is important that both byelaws and regulations are enforced if they are to be of proper use. They can be used together but ensure the provisions are consistent.

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