The town of Smoky Lake council derives its powers to pass laws through the Municipal Government Act The Act gives broad authority to municipalities to develop bylaws unique to each municipality. Councils are expected to act in good faith and in the public interest when creating bylaws. Municipal administration should aim to create bylaws that are understandable, enforceable and accomplish council’s desired goal.
A bylaw is defined as a law made by a local authority in accordance with the powers conferred by or delegated to it under statue. A municipal bylaw is no different than any other law of the land, and can be enforced with penalties, challenged in court and must comply with higher levels of law.