Apply for a domain name
You need to prepare a business case for a domain and submit your request online.
Contact us as early as possible if you're in the process of developing a new government project or initiative, or a new agency or business unit.
We'll talk with you about:
- whether your request meets the eligibility criteria for a .govt.nz or .parliament.nz 3rd level domain name
- whether a 4th level domain name would better meet your needs
- the suitability of potential names, with a focus on balancing your needs and the needs of your users.
Prepare your application
As part of your application, you need to prepare a business case.
1. Read the information about the types of domain names available
You might need a domain name for a project or initiative, or for a new agency or business unit. A 4th level domain might also meet your needs.
2. Check that your request aligns with the moderation policy
The moderation policy has more information about the .govt.nz name space, moderation and registration process.
3. Fill in the application form
The form includes important guidance and context, and will help ensure you've provided enough information for the Moderator to make an informed decision.
Submit your application
Your application can be submitted through the domain name portal by one of your agency’s portal users. Get in touch with the DNS service if your agency doesn’t have access to the portal, or you need to make a manual submission.
Applications will be acknowledged within 1 to 2 working days. Please allow up to 15 working days for the application process.
Approval of applications for names is not automatic or guaranteed. Each decision is made case by case.