Find out why you need a domain name administrator and the responsibilities of the administrator.
Appoint a trusted domain name administrator
The domain name administrator has the authority to request significant changes to the .gov.uk domain name, potentially affecting services or applications associated with it.
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.
Responsibilities of the domain name administrator
The domain name administrator must:
choose a registrar and ask them to apply for a .gov.uk domain name
provide a role-based email contact when applying so the Government Digital Service (GDS) can contact them in the future
renew domain names
manage domain names
Choose a registrar
You must choose a registrar who will apply for your .gov.uk domain name on your behalf. Read the guidance on choosing a registrar.
You should choose a registrar that offers you multi-factor authentication (MFA). You should also check and make sure that your registrar uses MFA to connect with the .gov.uk registry.
Provide your registrar with correct contact details for your application
The domain name administrator must provide the registrar with a role-based email address when applying for a .gov.uk domain. For example,
If your organisation does not have an appropriate role-based email address, then you must get permission to use a role-based email address from your parent organisation. If this is not possible, you can apply using your registrar’s contact details during the sign-up process. However, you must update these contact details once your domain name is active.
Renew domain names
The domain name administrator is responsible for renewing .gov.uk domain names. You must make sure that administrator contact details are up-to-date with your registrar so you can receive renewal notices.
GDS recommends renewing your domain name at least one month before its expiry date to avoid any issues with the renewal.
If you do not renew your domain name before it expires, the domain name will be automatically suspended and removed from the internet.
Manage domain names
The domain name administrator is responsible for making sure domain names: