Bylaws are the individual rules and regulations of local and district lodges. The Bylaws Department at Headquarters assists locals and districts in developing, amending, and interpreting their bylaws. The department ensures that proposed bylaws do not conflict with the IAM constitution and handles disputes arising from differing interpretations of bylaws.
The Department also assists local and district lodges with the interpretation and application of the IAM Constitution and the Official Circulars, particularly as pertains to elections. They also handle requests for Special Dispensation.
The Department also maintains files on all internal disputes cases which arise under Article L, Code, of the IAM Constitution. These files aid the International President in the exercise of his appellant jurisdiction.
The Bylaws and Internal Disputes Department also assists the International President and the Resident General Vice President in a wide variety of administrative functions.