Renew or cancel a domain name
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) automatically renews all domain names every 12 months. You can cancel domain names that are no longer needed.
Renewing domain names
The DIA automatically renews all domain names for 12 months on the anniversary of their original registration.
However, we encourage agencies to take a long term, strategic and user-centred approach to their use of domain names.
This helps to manage the number of individual domain names held by government and the impact on maintenance of the .govt.nz name space and New Zealanders’ ability to find government information.
Cancelling domain names
You can use the domain name portal to cancel a domain name that's no longer needed.
Once a .govt.nz domain is cancelled, it does not automatically become available for other agencies to use. Another agency will have to apply to the DNS service for the name through a business case.