Disclaimer: The content on this website may be outdated by the 3rd & final proposal on 20/11/2013

According to Nominet’s Revised Proposal for Direct.UK a number of domain names will be reserved for the Government and government agencies, in line with the Government Digital Strategy.

Many bodies currently using domains will no longer be able to do so under the Government Digital Transformation Programme, which will consolidate the domains under We propose to reserve the affected domains (using 1 July 2013 as the cut-off date for registrations).

Among the domains reserved for Government use are (a premium high-value domain name) and

The developments around awarding will be symbolic of the battle that is about to engulf the .UK namespace for the supremacy of direct .UK names: is used by a leading UK Newspaper is “used by arms-length bodies, independent inquiries and other suitable temporary sites” associated with the Government.

However not all .GOV.UK names are being reserved in the .UK space:
For an overview of all .GOV.UK names in existence see the Government’s own list of GOV.UK names or download the latest list published by the Government.

Nominet’s proposed list of reserved names contains 41 names reserved under .UK, 40 of which are names and one of which is an active website with a matching name not in use (, see

However, there are a total of 3683 domain names in existence, of which only 40 are being considered for the special measure of grandfathering into the .UK second level.

Among the 3643 domains NOT being considered for special treatment by Nominet are:

GovUK_Domain Registrant The Attorney General’s Office Department for Work and Pensions Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Criminal Records Bureau Welsh Assembly Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Department for Education Department of Health Prime Minister’s Office Welsh Assembly Government

(a complete .xls list of all existing names with the reserved names at the bottom of the table is available for download from our site here.)


Please note the content on this website may have been written before the final version of the release rules by Nominet. There were two consultations in October 2012 & July 2013 and the final version was published in November 2013. Dot uk was launched on 10th June 2014 and the official current .UK rules can be found here: