What to do when your .gov.uk domain name is approved.
Set up your domain name
Ask your registrar or domain name system (DNS) provider to correctly set up your domain name.
For more information on DNS configuration you can follow guidance on keeping your domain name secure.
Your proposed .gov.uk domain name must not:
host a website with persistent errors or security issues
redirect to a non-public sector domain like
pose an immediate security threat or interfere with the secure and stable operation of the .gov.uk domain or the GOV.UK ecosystem
infringe on the intellectual property rights of another individual or entity
advertise products, commodities or services for private individuals, firms or corporations
be used for party political purposes
violate any UK laws, regulations or policies
violate the privacy or publicity rights of another individual or entity
Standards you must follow when running your .gov.uk domain name
Once your domain name is active, all digital services and applications including websites and email which use the .gov.uk domain must meet the:
RFCs and W3C standards
Minimum Cyber Security Standard (only applies to central government organisations)
Keep your contact details up to date
You must make sure the contact details of the domain name administrator are up to date with your registrar.
If your contact details are not kept up to date your domain name may be referred to the Naming and Approvals Committee for review and withdrawn.
Contact the Domain Management team
If you have any concerns about your domain name you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for help.
The Domain Management team may contact your organisation to help to make sure domain names are securely managed. The team may contact you to:
- confirm that your contact details are up to date
- let you know about any issues related to your domain name
- ask about your usage and awareness of government services