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Compliments, Feedback and Complaints

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It’s always nice to know when we get things right, but equally we also want to know when there is an opportunity to improve. We welcome your compliments, complaints and suggestions.


Compliments and Feedback:


We would like to know if we have done things well and to hear your suggestions. We share the compliments and feedback with our staff to continue to improve our services. To share your comments with us, please complete the online form (link at the right hand side of this page) which will be submitted for consideration or e-mail


For service requests, such as street lighting issues, graffiti or fly tipping, please use our online “Report a Problem” function at or e-mail




Douglas City Council aims to meet the needs and requirements of the people of Douglas. We may not get everything right the first time and if you do not feel satisfied with any part of the services we deliver to you please follow our complaints procedure.


Please do not try to use this procedure if the matter is a request for service; that can be dealt with more effectively through the “Report a Problem” function under “Services” on the Council’s website, by attending the appropriate counter, or by requesting through the Council’s enquiries e-mail address:



If the complaint is about a member of staff and their conduct the complaint will be forwarded to the relevant manager so that it can be investigated in accordance with the Council’s internal procedures, as applicable, so that the matter can be addressed and resolved.


If the complaint is about a political Member of the Council, there is a separate form available on request from the Assistant Chief Officer (Democratic Services), City Hall, P.O. Box 2, Douglas or email


For all other complaints about administrative or service failure, the Stage 1 Complaints Form on this page may be used or you can contact the relevant service. The Council has in place a four-stage process for dealing with concerns / complaints, as follows:


Stage 1 - Resolution


In the first instance please contact the relevant service who may be able to resolve your issue. They will acknowledge your service enquiry and you will be provided with a response within 15 working days. Please refer to the below table for stage 1 point of contact: 



Bye-laws / Borough Wardens / Car Parking (Shaw’s Brow & Bottleneck Only) / Dilapidated or Dangerous Structures


Community & Enforcement Manager

Telephone - 01624 696326



Housing Issues / Rents / Arrears / Property Maintenance



Housing Office
Telephone - 01624 696435



Henry Bloom Noble Library



Library Staff

Telephone - 01624 696461





Telephone - 01624 696394



Building Control



Telephone - 01624 696376






Rates Office

Telephone - 01624 696347



Waste & Recycling / Eastern Civic Amenity Site



Refuse Office

Telephone - 01624 696445



Parks / Open Spaces



Parks Service

Telephone – 01624 696330






Bereavement Team

Telephone – 01624 696329



Public Toilets



Refuse Office

Telephone – 01624 696445



Street Lighting



Electrical Services

Telephone - 01624 696433



Douglas City Centre Management


City Centre Manager

Telephone - 01624 696304



Isle of Man Local Government Superannuation Scheme




Telephone – 01624 672730




Stage 2 – Investigation


If you feel that your service enquiry or complaint has not been resolved, please contact the relevant Officer below by using the Complaints Form on this page. The Officer will then either investigate the complaint or refer it to another appropriate person to investigate.


It is important when submitting your complaint that you provide as much information as possible to help us understand the issue and to contact you. For Example:


  • Your full name and home address.
  • Telephone number and contact information.
  • A detailed description of your complaint and what you think we should do to resolve the problem.


What will happen next?


An acknowledgement of your complaint will be issued within 3 working days of receipt.


Where possible we will deal with your complaint within 15 working days. However, if this is not likely to be possible we will contact you to let you know the expected timeframe for a response.


Stage 3 - Review


If at the end of the process you are not satisfied with the way the matter has been dealt with, you may write to the Chief Executive at the following address who will arrange for the matter to be reviewed.


Ms. K.J. Rice, BA (Hons)

Chief Executive

Douglas City Council

P.O. Box 2


Isle of Man

IM99 1AD


An acknowledgement of your communication will be issued within 3 working days of receipt. Where possible the review will be dealt with within 20 working days, however if this is not likely to be possible we will contact you to let you know the expected timeframe for response.


Stage 4 – Tynwald Commissioner for Administration


If, after the review, you remain dissatisfied with the way in which the Council has handled and reviewed your complaint, under the provisions of the Tynwald Commissioners for Administration Act 2011, you may write to the Tynwald Commissioner for Administration seeking their consideration of the matter.


The Commissioner will consider a complaint made no more than 6 months after a final decision of the matter was received by the complainant from the Council.


Your complaint must be made in writing and sent using either of the following methods:




By Post: Tynwald Commissioner for Administration

Office of the Clerk of Tynwald

Legislative Buildings

Finch Road


Isle of Man



Information regarding the remit of the Tynwald Commissioner for Administration can be found via the following link:





Handling of Your Complaint


The Council is committed to dealing with all complaints fairly, impartially and in a timely manner, however, we reserve the right to protect our staff against any behaviour by customers that is unacceptable such as abusive, offensive or threatening behaviour in line with our policy for managing vexatious complaints, correspondence and behaviour.


Data Protection


The information you provide when you make a complaint will only be processed for the purpose of dealing with your complaint. Our Privacy Notice explains how we collect, store and handle your personal data in line with current data protection legislation as applied in the Isle of Man. If you would like to find out more please visit our website at





Last modified on Friday, 12 April 2024 15:44

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