Follow these steps to apply for a .gov.uk domain name.
How to apply
The domain name administrator is usually the person who is responsible for applying for a .gov.uk domain name together with help from a registrar.
For large organisations, the administrator will usually be a civil servant who is part of the domain management team. For smaller organisations like parish councils, the administrator will usually be the clerk or similar.
Step 1: Before you submit an application
You must make sure:
the proposed .gov.uk domain name meets the relevant criteria
you have the appropriate written permission from your organisation
there’s a trusted domain name administrator in place who has chosen a registrar
Step 2: Submit an application
Ask your registrar to apply for the .gov.uk domain name. You must provide the registrar with:
written permission from your organisation showing you can apply for the domain name
an up to date role-based email address like ‘domainmanagement@[your-organisation].gov.uk’ and phone number
GDS will not accept personal email addresses like ‘[your-name]@gmail.com’ or workplace email addresses of individuals like ‘[your-name]@[your-organisation].gov.uk’ for any of the domain contacts.
Step 3: GDS will confirm your identity
The registrar will submit your application to GDS for review. GDS will contact you to confirm your identity before reviewing your .gov.uk domain name application.
Step 4: GDS will review your application
GDS will approve or reject your application within 5 working days. If your application needs reviewing by the Naming and Approvals Committee, this may take longer and GDS will contact you to let you know timeframes and outcomes.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) may refer any .gov.uk domain name application to the Naming and Approvals Committee for a final decision.
Step 5: Appeal an application
You can appeal a decision if an application is rejected.
If you have any questions about the application process, email email@example.com.