Moving to the Isle of Man is a relatively straightforward process and there are a number of specialist relocation companies (view our useful links to the right › ›) based on the Island who can help make the physical process of moving run more smoothly.
Although you will definitely find the pace and quality of life of the Island to be very different to that of elsewhere, utilities, public services and the general day-to-day running of the Island operate very much as they would in the UK, with some small differences:
- Water and electricity are provided by the Government-owned Manx Electricity Authority and Isle of Man Water. The Island’s gas supply is managed by Manx Gas Limited, a privately-owned company. The main telecommunications provider is the privately-owned Manx Telecom with smaller companies such as Wi-Manx Limited and Sure Isle of Man, also providing a number of services.
- There is no Council Tax on the Island; instead there is a rating system, whereby properties are assessed based upon the annual rental value of their property. These rates are significantly lower than they would be in the UK.
- The Island is divided into 17 districts or ‘parishes’ , each of which is managed by a group of Parish Commissioners – a sort of local council. Commissioners are elected by parish residents to administer a range of local government functions and bring issues to the attention of central government on their behalf.
- The local currency is the Manx Pound, which has parity with and is interchangeable with Sterling.
- Road traffic laws are very similar to the UK, although the major difference is that there is no overall speed limit on the Island. Road tax and car insurance is generally much lower than in the UK and there is no annual MOT requirement. UK and foreign registered vehicles must be re-registered on the Island and you will need to apply for an Isle of Man driving licence. If you have a UK, Eu or Channel Islands driving licence can take them to the Vehicle Licensing Office for exchange. If you are a non EU national you may have to take a driving test; please contact the Vehicle Licensing Office for advice.