How we Develop Policy

Our policies are developed in consultation with a wide range of interested parties and stakeholders and there are many ways you can get involved. You are welcome to suggest existing. UK policies for review, new policies for development, or you can give your feedback regarding ongoing policy discussions.

We publish consultation documents for comment and will often provide additional research and analysis so that both stakeholder contributions and our decisions can be informed by evidence.

We welcome a range of views and may reach out to particular stakeholder groups to gather input, issue calls for expert views on specific topics, or invite affected stakeholders to attend roundtable forums or webinars to discuss specific policy issues in more detail. These processes allow us to ensure that our policy decisions are informed by an understanding of how changes might impact upon different stakeholder groups.

When a consultation process closes we will usually publish a summary of the feedback received along with individual responses where we have consent. You can see a list of any policy discussions that are open for feedback and contribute your views.

The Nominet Stakeholder Committee

We are supported in our policy work by a committee, which includes experts from the domain name industry, business, the public sector, consumer organisations, and academia. The committee meets quarterly.

The role of the committee includes:

  • Being advocates of the .UK policy process and our open consultative approach to policy development
  • Supporting Nominet in its management of the .UK policy process by:
    • helping to raise awareness of our policy discussions
    • identifying stakeholders who may be interested in a specific policy discussion or be impacted by a particular policy decision
  • Horizon scanning and advice identifying policy issues relevant to the environment Nominet operates in across all its business areas and acting as a sounding board for Nominet’s assessments of these policy issues and impacts

Who are the committee members?

Stakeholder Committee Meeting Summaries

What we’re consulting on at the moment

Following the conclusion of a comment period relating to GDPR, we have announced a number of changes that will come into effect on 22 May 2018, and have published a summary of feedback and our response.

Accordingly, the following policies and contracts will come into effect on 22 May 2018.

dotUK Rules of Registration
WHOIS Contract Terms
Ts and Cs of Domain Name Registration
.UK Registrar Agreement (to be renamed .UK RRA)

You can view details of previous consultations


Contact us


You can contact us regarding specific .UK policy issues by emailing us at [email protected] or calling us on +44 (0) 1865 332211