Guidance

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.

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This sets out the rules, principles and process for registering and managing government domain names.

The guidance for central government covers:

  • government departments
  • agencies
  • 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
Last updated 28 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. GSI-family domain names (GCSX, GSE, GSI, GSX) must no longer be used by March 2019. Guidance updated in Central government: naming and registering websites (section 6. Using subdomains of GCSX, GSE, GSI, GSX) and Local government: naming and registering websites (section 21. Using subdomains of GCSX, GSE, GSI, GSX). Links to JISC guidance on making changes to registered domain names and cancelling domains updated for both central and local government.
  2. Guidance about inclusion of 'www' in URL made more clear in attached HTML publications: Central government: naming and registering websites (section 7.3 Communicating URLs ) and Local government: naming and registering websites (section 8.1 Communicating URLs).
  3. Process for making changes to or cancelling .gov.uk domain names updated.
  4. Updated Government Secure intranet (GSi) application process and contact details.
  5. Local government guidance updated
  6. Updates to Central government: naming and registering websites
  7. Updated attachments
  8. Updated Local government guidance relating to community, neighbourhood and villiage council names.
  9. Updated JANET contact details
  10. Guidance updated to clarify eligibility criteria for .gov.uk domains.
  11. Updates to attachments
  12. Added guidance to the 'conditions of use' sections on migrating content hosted on a non-public sector domain to GOV.UK.
  13. Removed references to regional government from 'Local government: naming and registering websites'.
  14. Suffixes 'alc', 'ala', and 'aptc' removed from the local and regional government guidance.
  15. First published.