Regulations Law and Legal Definition

Regulations are rules and administrative codes issued by governmental agencies at all levels, municipal, county, state and federal. Because they are adopted under authority granted by statutes, they are enforceable under the law and often include penalties for violations. Regulations are not as easily available as other laws, but the regulation-making process generally provides for their publication in governmental journals which supposedly give public notice.

Federal regulations are adopted according to the procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (A.P.A.) and states usually model their procedures on the A.P.A. Regulations cover a wide variety of subject matters, but are not laws.