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Policy: Isle of Man Authority


Just between Britain and Ireland sits the little Isle of Man. Vikings made their home over a millennium ago. Famed for the exhilaration of the TT Races and the more sedate Thomas the Tank Engine. Recently a client told me they would like to scatter the ashes of their partner, whilst at the Races and wondered what the legality was.

In response to their question I went and asked the Isle of Man Government what their policy was. This is was the Environment and Health Department said:

We get involved in any public health issues related to the disposal of human remains. However, as cremated ash is sterile, there is no public health significance to the disposal of same. The only proviso would be that, if the remains are scattered on private land, the prior consent of the landowner should be sought. We would not, therefore, get involved and rely on the personal nature of such an event to be conducted in a dignified manner. 

I hope this helps.

So there you go, proceed with respect.

10 thoughts on “Policy: Isle of Man Authority

  1. Reply
    Barry - 21st February 2024

    Is water cremation legal in the Isle of Man

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 28th February 2024

      Hi when you say water cremation – do you mean ashes scattered in water after a cremation? or the process of restormation, otherwise know as water cremation?

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    Michael - 24th January 2023

    I think you will find that under Part 2 of the Isle of Man Water pollution Act 1993 that ANY disposal at sea requires a licence from the Department of Infrastructure (Harbours Division) as the waters and seabed to the 12 Mile limit is their responsibility.

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      Richard Martin - 25th January 2023

      Fair enough Michael I freely admit I was unaware of that specific Act, I was being lazy and not checking for Isle Man specifically I naively presumed they would transpose English / Scottish law in such matter.

      Therefore if you are reading this post, please refer to Michael’s knowledge in this department and follow the required course of action.
      Yours (rightfully admonished)

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    Simon - 31st October 2022

    Can I scatter ashes at The White Bridge, Ramsey ?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 31st October 2022

      That should be a problem if you scattering into water, don’t forget to record at the

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    Jill Heysmond - 3rd September 2021

    Can we scatter mum and dads ashes in the sea at Laxey beach as my dad is Manx but moved to Nottingham later in life

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 8th September 2021
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    Renie Fairhurst - 8th March 2019

    Could I have my brothers ashes scattered in the pits area at the TT races in August, and who would I have to see to do this.

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 13th March 2019

      Dear Renie
      As far as I can work it out the race organisers are Duke Marketing Ltd, Tromode Business Park, Champion House, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1DD. Tel: +44 (0) 1624 640 011
      This might be a good place to start.
      Kind regards

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