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Infrastructure Announces an Increase to Building Regulation Fees 18 December 2012

The Department of Infrastructure has announced an increase to Building Regulation fees, which were approved by Tynwald on 11th December 2012, and which will come into operation on 1st January 2013.

Copies of the new Regulations will be available after 1st January 2013 to purchase from the Planning and Building Control Division of the Department of Infrastructure, first floor in Murray House, Mount Havelock, Douglas or the Government Central Reference Library in Government Offices, Douglas. Alternatively, you will be able to download an electronic version from our website http://www.gov.im/transport/planning/build/applications/

In general, the fees have increased above the rate of inflation. However, the new structure will still mean that the Isle of Man remains more competitive, and cheaper, in its Building Control fees than many other jurisdictions, including England and Scotland.

Howard Quayle MHK, Department Member with responsibility for Planning and Building Control, explained:

‘It is important that Building Regulations fees are increased to maintain a cost-effective and valued service. The move will help the Building Control Authorities to recover a greater percentage of the costs incurred and achieve a reduction on the burden on tax and rate payers in delivering the service we provide and, as a result, help ensure we can continue to maintain the standards of the service.’

Guidance notes for the Regulations are available now free of charge from the Planning and Building Control Division.

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