Naming and registering government websites

Guidance for local and central government on how to apply for a 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
  • 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.