NOMINET – Release of reserved short domain names update

Release of reserved short domain names update

Following a series of policy recommendations and a full public consultation held earlier this year we are changing the rules for registration of domain names to allow the release of 1 character, 2 letter and other previously reserved domains. Notice of the rule change is given with full details on our web site at:


We are also outlining the release process for these domain names. In order to respect prior rights and to ensure an orderly and fair release we will hold a two stage sunrise and landrush process. You can read more about this


We aim to start the first stage before the end of 2010 and will publish full details of the release process on 1 November 2010.

A full list of the domain names that are being released is available at:

Interested parties will be able to apply for domain names via Nominet registrars. Registrars can read details of how to process these applications and how to ensure that they are included in a list of registrars able to process reserved short domain name applications here:


We are also seeking expressions of interest from parties potentially acting as rights verification or auction partners. If you are interested in either of these roles, please respond to by 30 September 2010.

If you have any questions about any of this information, please email