Find out if your organisation is eligible for a .gov.uk domain name and what to do if it’s not.
Domain names are a valuable asset and require a long-term financial and operational commitment. The Government Digital Service (GDS) assigns approved .gov.uk domain names on a first come, first served basis on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
Organisations eligible for a .gov.uk domain name
You can only apply for a .gov.uk domain name if you’re a:
central government department or agency - unless you qualify for an exemption
non-departmental body - also known as an arm’s length body
county, borough, metropolitan or district council
parish, town or community council
neighbourhood or village council
combined or unitary authority
police and crime commissioner
If your organisation is not on this list and you think you may be eligible to apply, email email@example.com.
Other .gov.uk domains
Follow the appropriate application process if you need a domain name for:
Temporary domain names
If you request a domain name you know will be temporary, you must tell GDS when you apply and have a decommissioning plan in place.
If you’re outside England or Northern Ireland
If your organisation is in:
Geographic and geopolitical areas that have their own country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) must not use the .gov.uk domain. For example, you should use .im for the Isle of Man or .gi for Gibraltar.