By-laws and policies


A by-law is a form of legislation established by a local municipality to resolve issues and address the needs of citizens. Legal action can be taken as a consequence of non-compliance. In addition, by-laws govern the actions of all people in the Municipality.

To consult Austin’s by-laws (available in French only):

on permits and housing

on other topics:

  • Council and management
  • Public domain
  • Finances and taxation
  • Quality of life (environment, sanitation, public health)
  • Safety


Municipal policies establish general principles to ensure consistency in decision-making and governance, and help guide future actions.

To consult Austin’s policies (available  in French only):