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  • Proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (Development Procedure) Order and the Town and Country Planning (Application and Appeal Fees) Order

    As part of the Built Environment Reform Programme (“BERP”) and to facilitate the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s (DEFA) core functions changes are proposed to the following secondary legislation which is made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1999 (“the Planning Act”): the Town and County Planning (Development Procedure) Order 2019 (“the DPO”); and the Town and Country Planning (Application and Appeal Fees)... More
    Closed 26 January 2024
  • The use of electronic training collars on dogs and cats

    This consultation is seeking views on whether the Isle of Man Government should ban or regulate the use of electronic training collars for dogs and cats. Any ban or regulation would involve introducing secondary legislation made under the Animal Welfare Bill 2023 if this gains Royal Assent. The consultation covers the use of electronic training devices for cats and dogs. It includes remote control training collars, anti-bark collars and pet containment fences (also... More
    Closed 23 November 2023
  • Animal welfare code of practice for dogs

    This consultation seeks views on the Draft Isle of Man Animal Welfare code of practice for dogs. The objective of this proposal is to ensure that guidance on how owners/keepers comply with the new animal welfare act (if the bill gains Royal Assent), is up to date, reflecting the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge whilst being presented in the most relevant way for owners/keepers. Once the content of the codes is agreed they will be formatted to be more appealing for the... More
    Closed 2 November 2023
  • Animal welfare code of practice for cats

    This consultation seeks views on the Draft Isle of Man Animal Welfare code of practice for cats. The objective of this proposal is to ensure that guidance on how owners/keepers comply with the new animal welfare act (if the bill gains Royal Assent), is up to date, reflecting the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge whilst being presented in the most relevant way for owners/keepers. Once the content of the codes is agreed they will be formatted to be more appealing for the... More
    Closed 2 November 2023
  • Animal welfare code of practice for rabbits

    This consultation seeks views on the Draft Isle of Man Animal Welfare code of practice for rabbits. The objective of this proposal is to ensure that guidance on how owners/keepers comply with the new animal welfare act (if the bill gains Royal Assent), is up to date, reflecting the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge whilst being presented in the most relevant way for owners/keepers. Once the content of the codes is agreed they will be formatted to be more appealing for... More
    Closed 2 November 2023
  • Animal welfare code of practice for horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids

    This consultation seeks views on the Draft Isle of Man Animal Welfare code of practice for horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids. The objective of this proposal is to ensure that guidance on how owners/keepers comply with the new animal welfare act, is up to date, reflecting the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge whilst being presented in the most relevant way for owners/keepers. Once the content of the codes is agreed they will be formatted to be more appealing for... More
    Closed 2 November 2023
  • Public Consultation in relation to Town and Country Planning Act Amendments, Definition of Development Order & Registered Building Regulations

    As part of the Built Environment Reform Programme and to facilitate the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s (DEFA) core functions (Registered Buildings) changes are proposed to the Town and Country Planning Act 1999 (“The Planning Act”). The changes will: provide clarity around the definition of development which will mean better understanding for building owners on what can and can’t be done without planning approval (these changes, together... More
    Closed 27 October 2023
  • DEFA Customer Survey

    Help us improve our customer service, by giving us feedback on the customer service you received within the last twelve months from the Department of Environment, Food, and Agriculture (DEFA) services. The purpose of this survey is to learn how you communicate with us (email, written, telephone, face-to-face, online, or on social media), as well as how satisfied you are with the experience. As we offer services that require payments, we want to understand... More
    Closed 6 October 2023
  • Consultation on updating the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

    The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ('the Act') as applied to the Isle of Man by the Health and Safety at Work Order 1998 (the 1998 Order) is the primary piece of health and safety legislation on the Isle of Man. Since its introduction, the UK have made several amendments to the Act. As our application of the UK Act was 'fixed' at the point it was last applied (i.e. 1998) our applied Act has fallen out of step with the UK’s Act. This... More
    Closed 30 July 2023
  • Consultation on the future use of the Sulby Claddagh

    The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculure (DEFA) is seeking the views of the public, Local Authorities and other interest groups on the future use of Sulby Claddagh. It is imperative that we find a satisfactory future management option for the Claddagh. However, with its unique status, history and geographical location, the Sulby Claddagh has potential to be enhanced and promoted for the benefit of all. An opportunity exists to ensure the Claddagh maintains and improves... More
    Closed 26 May 2023
  • Consultation on proposals relating to Building Control approval for new buildings containing fossil fuel heating systems

    We are seeking views on proposals to refuse Building Control approval on applications for new buildings containing fossil fuel heating systems from 1 August 2023, as a way of effectively bringing forward the 1 January 2025 ban prohibiting installation of such systems. The proposal is following an action within the Climate Change Action Plan 2022 – 27, approved by Tynwald last year to “Bring forward the ban on fossil fuel heating systems in new builds to... More
    Closed 12 May 2023
  • Have you changed your home energy habits?

    We'd like to know if the Small Changes Make A Big Difference (an Island-wide campaign) has encouraged you to reduce your energy consumption at home and save money on your household bills. The campaign launched in October 2022, with the aim of helping residents through the cost of living crisis by providing tips and guidance on how to reduce their energy consumption at home and also signpost to government funding schemes and help from charitable organisations. More
    Closed 17 April 2023
  • Consultation on the Draft Isle of Man Fisheries Statement

    This consultation seeks views on the Draft Isle of Man Fisheries Statement, which sets out the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s principles, objectives, and priorities for the sustainable management of sea fisheries post-Brexit. Download the Draft Isle of Man Fisheries Statement . More
    Closed 24 February 2023
  • Planning & Building Control customer survey

    The Planning and Building Control team has a wide role to play in ensuring the efficient and responsible use of land, the environment and other physical resources and infrastructure on the island. We work within a legal and policy framework to deliver both statutory and discretionary functions which regulate built development. Our aim is to create attractive, sustainable and liveable 'places' by promoting the delivery of high quality development at appropriate locations. This... More
    Closed 16 November 2022
  • Consultation on iVMS requirements for under-12 m fishing vessels

    This consultation seeks to gain public and sectoral views on the proposal to align with English iVMS requirement for under 12 metre vessels operating in Manx waters (irrespective of nationality). The Department proposes to make this a legislative requirement by means of a statutory instrument, with potential temporary exemptions for vessels under 6 m overall length. This consultation seeks to understand any potential business impacts of introducing iVMS to under 12m... More
    Closed 11 April 2022
  • Joint Consultation on the Isle of Man King Scallop Fishery

    In December 2020, the Isle of Man Scallop Management Board (SMB) submitted a Discussion Document on a Long Term Management Plan (LTMP) for the Isle of Man king scallop fishery to the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. This was followed by a SMB meeting in February 2021, during which a series of High Level Objectives (HLOs) were agreed and endorsed by the Scallop Management Board (see section 1.7), which outlined the industry’s vision for the future. The SMB meeting in... More
    Closed 29 October 2021
  • Climate Change (Single-Use Plastics) Regulations 2021 Consultation

    Proposed regulations that will prohibit the sale, supply, manufacture and distribution of various single use plastic items and products containing microbeads. More
    Closed 1 September 2021
  • Gas Safety Regulations

    This Consultation is issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) in association with the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate. The purpose of the consultation is to obtain views on proposed changes to gas safety legislation. The consultation is particularly relevant to persons and businesses that work in the gas industry including network operators and gas suppliers. The Gas Safety (Installation, Use and Management) (Application Order) 2021 will apply... More
    Closed 18 August 2021
  • Animal Welfare Bill 2021

    A four week consultation on the proposed Animal Welfare Bill 2021, which is intended to: Provide a means of applying, by order that has been consulted upon and approved by Tynwald, specific UK animal welfare legislation to the Island relating to companion Animals (e.g. cats, dogs, horses and other kept animals) Enable the making of secondary legislation to support the applied legislation Make provision for greater legal protections for mountain hares More
    Closed 5 April 2021
  • Woodland Grant Scheme 2021

    In January 2020 Phase 1 of the "Isle of Man Government Action Plan for Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050” outlined a Council of Ministers’ policy commitment to increase “natural carbon capture opportunities, whilst protecting biodiversity and enhancing ecosystems, to help reach net zero by 2050”. In order to support this policy, the Action Plan also contained the commitment to: Provide additional incentives for tree planting under the Agricultural... More
    Closed 7 March 2021
  • Food Hygiene Ratings Regulations 2021

    The Department is seeking views on the proposed legislation that if approved will allow for the introduction of a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in the Isle of Man. A FHRS is a key public health measure and an important commercial driver for businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with existing food hygiene law. It provides transparency to consumers about the hygiene standards in food outlets at the time of inspection and allows consumers to make informed choices about... More
    Closed 12 February 2021
  • Proposed amendments to the Food Information Regulations 2014 regarding the labelling of allergens and country of origin

    The Food Information Regulations 2014 (Isle of Man) applies certain provisions of European Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, including: the mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of foods and; mandatory requirements to provide information regarding allergens present in finished food products More
    Closed 29 January 2021
  • Consultation on the Future Management of the Isle of Man Crab & Lobster Fisheries in Isle of Man Territorial Waters

    Future Management of the Isle of Man Crab & Lobster in Manx waters (12 nautical miles [NM]) . More
    Closed 7 December 2020
  • Introduction of a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in the Isle of Man - Business

    The Department is seeking views on proposals to introduce a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in the Isle of Man. The United Kingdom (UK) have operated a FHRS since 2010. Restaurants, takeaways, cafes, pubs, hotels, schools and other places where people eat out or buy food are given a hygiene rating of between ‘0’ (urgent improvement necessary) and ‘5’ (very good). Further information about the UK Food Hygiene Rating Scheme can be found here ... More
    Closed 26 November 2020
  • Introduction of a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in the Isle of Man - Public

    The Department is seeking views on proposals to introduce a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in the Isle of Man. The United Kingdom (UK) have operated a FHRS since 2010. Restaurants, takeaways, cafes, pubs, hotels, schools and other places where people eat out or buy food are given a hygiene rating of between ‘0’ (urgent improvement necessary) and ‘5’ (very good). Further information about the UK Food Hygiene Rating Scheme can be found here ... More
    Closed 26 November 2020
  • The Introduction of Water Quality Objectives and Environmental Quality Standards

    The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is seeking views on proposals to introduce Water Quality Objectives (WQO) and Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) to assess water quality and monitor compliance for inland, coastal and bathing waters in the Isle of Man. Water quality can be affected by many factors including agricultural run-off, domestic sewage and heavy metals from historic mining activity. The proposed new Environmental Quality Standards (EQS)... More
    Closed 7 October 2020
  • Climate Change Bill Consultation

    This consultation is about the development of the Climate Change Bill, a fundamental part of climate action on the Island, necessary to meet the Chief Minister’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. More
    Closed 1 September 2020
  • Proposed legislation to comply with the Isle of Man's commitment to the Montreal Protocol, EU Ozone-Depleting Substances and Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations

    The proposed Regulations will be of particular interest to all undertakings, as defined in Article 3(26) of the EU ODS Regulation [1] or Article 2(30) of the EU F-Gas Regulation [2] , which produce, recover, recycle, reclaim, use, destroy or trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) or Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-Gases); or which operate refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat pump equipment, or fire protection systems, which contain ODS or... More
    Closed 14 May 2020
  • Reform of the Planning System - Proposed Amendments to Increased Permitted Development

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposed changes to secondary legislation to enable certain types of development to take place without the need for a specific planning application (sometimes called ‘Permitted Development’). More
    Closed 30 March 2020
  • Area Plan for the North and West- Call For Sites

    Call For Sites As part of the preparations for the Area Plan for the North and West the Cabinet Office is undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ for land within: Ballaugh, Jurby, Andreas, Bride, Lezayre, Ramsey, Maughold, Patrick, German, Michael, Peel. The Department invites developers, landowners, local authorities, government Departments, Statutory Boards and others to identify any sites which they wish the Department to consider allocating for a... More
    Closed 28 February 2020
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