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Environmental Health Unit

The following is a summary of our functions:

Food Hygiene / Safety / Standards

  • We maintain a register of food businesses. More information about registering a food business.
  • We carry out proactive food hygiene/ safety inspections.
  • We investigate a range of complaints about food including, contamination, mislabelling, allergens etc.

Health and Safety

We investigate accidents and regulate health and safety in lower risk premises. Higher risk premises are regulated by the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate, for more information see HSWI webpage.

Housing standards

We carry out inspections of flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) on behalf of local authorities as part of the registration process.

We inspect and enforce standards for houses, flats and HMOs on behalf of local authorities.

Statutory Nuisances

We investigate allegations of statutory nuisance on behalf of local authorities, including those arising from:

  • Defective drainage
  • Smoke and dust
  • Kept animals or birds
  • Accumulations or deposits
  • We investigating allegations of statutory noise nuisance on behalf of the Department (service suspended as of 8 December 2022)

Private Water Supplies

We sample private water supplies at domestic and commercial premises and provide advice to ensure they are safe.

Swimming pools

We sample swimming pool water to ensure it is safe to bathe in.

Pest control Dog warden service

Our small team of pest control technicians provide treatments for rodents, bees and wasps in domestic premises free of charge. See link below.

Dangerous Buildings and Structures

We investigate reports of dangerous buildings and structures on behalf of local authorities (except for Douglas Borough Council and Onchan District Commissioners).

Acupuncture, Electrolysis, Tattooing, Body Piercing

We carry out registration inspections and regulate those performing acupuncture, electrolysis, tattooing and body piercing. More information about registration.

Ship Sanitation Certificates

We inspecting ships for the purpose of issuing ship sanitation certificates.

Exports of food to Europe and Beyond

We providing attestations and export health certificates for approved premises wishing to export food products.

Local Authority functions

(It should be noted that Department officers carry out certain functions as authorised officers of the relevant local authority on the Island).

Environmental Health Unit and Pest Control Service

The Environmental Health Unit aims to ensure that all Isle of Man residents have access to a decent home and to ensure that the public enjoys an environment free from the risk of disease and nuisance. If you would like to log a complaint/query with the Environmental Health Team please submit the form below.

Contact Environmental Health Unit

Our Pest Control service exists to ensure that the Isle of Man is kept free from the nuisance of pests and the damage that they can cause.

If you would like to arrange a Pest Control Officer to visit your property please submit the online form below. 

Contact Pest Control

Further information

Environmental Health Unit

Regulation Directorate

Department of Environment Food & Agriculture

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St. John’s

IM4 3AS

Telephone:+44 1624 685894

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