The power to create a by-law is provided in legislation. In the case of the Council the most commonly used legislation to create a by-law is the Local Government Act 1993
(Part 11, Sections 145-174).
A by-law is considered to be subordinate legislation. That means it cannot override a provision already covered by State Parliament's legislation of Acts and Statutory Rules.
By-laws are required because in many cases the existing State legislation does not provide the level of detail required for the Council to effectively manage a function.
In creating a by-law, the Council is required to submit a draft of the by-law to the community for input/comment to the State Government through the Local Government Division and have it certified by a legal practitioner as not being in conflict with existing legislation. Before a by-law becomes law it must be published in the Tasmanian Gazette.
City of Launceston By-Laws:
Parking By-Law No. 2 of 2013(PDF, 699KB)
Swimming Centres By-Law No. 3 of 2009(PDF, 565KB)
Reserves, Parks and Gardens By-Law No. 4 of 2009(PDF, 958KB)
Malls By-Law No. 1 of 2010(PDF, 562KB)
View the Public Land List here