Ordinance Law and Legal Definition

Ordinance refers to an authoritative law or decree especially municipal regulation. They are mostly enactments made by the legislative body of a local government. Ordinances can be purely administrative in nature, establishing offices, prescribing duties, or setting salaries or it can be a governmental exercise of the power to control the conduct of the public. It is a legislative enactment, within its sphere, as much as an act of the state legislature. It also refers to a law made by a municipality, colony, any authority or authoritative body. Ordinances are also termed as bylaws.