There are 22 local authorities on the Isle of Man, consisting of 4 town authorities, 2 district authorities, 2 village authorities, and 14 parish authorities.
One of the main functions of a local authority is to ensure that they provide the required services to their ratepayers, and in order to assist them in doing this, local authorities are required to set a rate for their district. The Island's local authorities also undertake a range of other functions, as set out in the list below, although these vary according to the size of the authority:
- Public information and advice
- Refuse collection
- Environmental health
- Public conveniences
- Parks, playgrounds and other leisure facilities
- Control of dogs
- Car parking
- Street cleaning
- Gully Emptying
- Removal of Weeds
- Maintenance of Highway verges
- Hedge trimming
- Building control (currently Douglas and Onchan undertake this function for their own areas)
- Trees and high hedges
- Abandoned vehicles
- Preservation of War Memorials
A more detailed explanation of the functions carried out by the local authorities can be found in the General Information Handbook for Members and Officers of Local Authorities.
Transfer of Functions to Local Authorities
Functions such as street cleaning, gully emptying, removal of weeds, maintenance of highway verges and hedge trimming were transferred to all of the Island’s local authorities in 2015, and the agreements can be viewed below
- Deed of Delegation of Functions
- Schedule 1 – Map of Service Routes
- Consent to deal with hedge trimming
The Minister and the Department Member with responsibility for local authorities, Mr Chris Thomas MHK, recognise the importance of updating ratepayers and taxpayers on the considerable progress which the Department and the Local Authorities have been making on Local Authority Transition, and this has led to the Department producing a Looking Local newsletter in January 2016.
Trees and High Hedges
Local Authorities have powers under the Trees and High Hedges Act 2005 to deal with complaints about trees and high hedges. Please note that these bodies can only intervene once an individual has exhausted all other avenues of resolving their dispute.
Please see Trees and High Hedges for further guidance and advice, and to view a list of the contact details of all those Local Authorities who have delegated powers under the Trees and High Hedges Act 2005.
Local Authorities, in exercising their powers under the War Memorials (Local Authorities’ Power) Act 1927, should note that there is an Isle of Man Government Preservation of War Memorials Committee, which has been established for the purposes of (inter alia) ensuring the proper maintenance and upkeep of such memorials and preventing the removal or destruction of memorials. The Committee can be contacted for advice and guidance and their contact details can be obtained from the Cabinet Office via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another source of useful information is ‘The War Memorial Trust’, an English registered Charity, working for the protection and conservation of war memorials across the UK which also embraces the Isle of Man in its work. The Trust can be contacted via e-mail: email@example.com or alternatively, useful information can be found via their website at: www.warmemorials.org