Naming and registering government websites
Guidance for local and central government on how to apply for a .gov.uk domain, the naming conventions and the conditions of use.
This sets out the rules, principles and process for registering and managing government domain names.
The guidance for central government covers:
- government departments
- non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), also known as arms’ length bodies
The guidance for local and regional government covers:
- fire services
- local authorities
- devolved government
- territorial police forces
- police and crime commissioners
- joint authorities, joint committees and partnership bodies including one or more of the above
These guidelines apply to all new requests for registration.
Published: 17 June 2014
Updated: 12 April 2017
- Process for making changes to or cancelling .gov.uk domain names updated.
- Updated Government Secure intranet (GSi) application process and contact details.
- Local government guidance updated
- Updates to Central government: naming and registering websites
- Updated attachments
- Updated Local government guidance relating to community, neighbourhood and villiage council names.
- Updated JANET contact details
- Guidance updated to clarify eligibility criteria for .gov.uk domains.
- Updates to attachments
- Added guidance to the 'conditions of use' sections on migrating content hosted on a non-public sector domain to GOV.UK.
- Removed references to regional government from 'Local government: naming and registering websites'.
- Suffixes 'alc', 'ala', and 'aptc' removed from the local and regional government guidance.
- First published.