A regulation is a type of codified law that is passed under the authority of a statute without the need to be reviewed or passed by the legislature. It is usually passed with the sole consent of the executive branch.
Regulations are only valid if the underlying statute gives the executive the power to make such a regulation, and the regulation is properly promulgated.
Regulations are usually used to make law where only minor changes are required or it would be too unweildy to make constant changes in the legislature. For example:
- Setting fees and qualifications for licenses;
- Setting exposure limits in workplaces;
- Making changes to government procedure, including court procedures;
and so forth.