Public Consultation extended until 22 September - Views sought to consider the revocation of NHDC’s byelaws

PR Date: 
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 3:45pm

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is inviting residents to have their say in a consultation which launches today (11 July) with regards to the revocation of the archaic byelaws in place across the district.

The council is proposing to revoke the majority of its’ byelaws currently in existence, as they deal with issues which are no longer relevant to today’s society, or have been superseded by current legislation. For example, a byelaw dated 1905 is in existence which prohibits people from spitting in public places such as on the floor, sides or wall of any public carriage, public hall, public waiting room or place of public entertainment. Contravention of this byelaw can result in a fine not exceeding £5.00.

The Council is proposing to keep only one of the byelaws which was created in 2007 which relates to Acupuncture, Tattooing, Semi-Permanent Skin Colouring, Cosmetic Piercing and Electrolysis. The Council can however give consideration to the making of new byelaws which are current, relevant and specific to local issues if required.

Cllr Lynda Needham, Leader of NHDC said: "We have conducted a review of all the byelaws currently in existence, and although probably appropriate at the time, the majority of them are now deemed obsolete. Furthermore, no prosecutions under our byelaws have been pursued for some time. However, we value the views of local people and would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the short online survey."

To take part in the survey, visit or go to and search for ‘byelaws consultation’. Consultation extended and now ends Friday22 September 2017.

Council Offices in Letchworth Garden City