Guidance

Get permission to apply for a .gov.uk domain name

Find out who to get permission from to apply for a .gov.uk domain name.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) will check you have permission from a senior stakeholder in your organisation when you apply for a .gov.uk domain name.

Central government departments or agencies

You must get written permission from your Chief Information Officer or equivalent if you’re applying on behalf of a central government department or agency. Use this template to get permission and submit this with your application.

All other government organisations

You must get written permission from your Chief Executive or equivalent non-elected high-ranking officer if you’re applying on behalf of a local authority or other public sector organisation. Use this template to get permission and submit this with your application.

Published 7 October 2019
  1. Step 1 Check if your organisation can apply

  2. Step 2 Appoint a domain name administrator and choose a registrar

    You must appoint someone to register the domain name. The Government Digital Service (GDS) must be able to contact them.

    1. Appoint a domain name administrator
    2. How to choose a good registrar or Domain Name Service (DNS) provider
  3. Step 3 Choose your domain name

  4. Step 4 Apply for your domain name

  5. Step 5 Appeal your rejected domain name application

  6. Step 6 Use your domain name

    You must follow the Cabinet Office guidelines when your domain is live, or GDS will withdraw it. For example, you must keep your contact details up to date.

    1. Set up, use and protect your domain name
  7. Step 7 Manage your domain name

    You can make changes to your .gov.uk domain name.

    1. Renew, modify or transfer your domain name

    If your organisation no longer needs a domain name, you must take steps to protect it.

    1. Stop using your domain name