Registering "UK" Domain Names

Severnserve Ltd - Terms of registration and use


Initial selection of a UK domain name,  and collection of your contact details etc for submission to Nominet - Nominet is the UK domain registry that ultimately control the registration and use of UK domain names of which Severnserve ltd is a member - and thus authorised by register domain names in accordance with their terms and conditions, (which can be seen on our website) , and also at:

Our terms and conditions applying to the registration of "UK" domain names  (, .uk,,  etc) are as follows: 

Initial selection of domain name, and our collection of the necessary informaton from you ( name of registrant, contact details, address, email etc)

All domain names registered by Severnserve are actioned by personal interview only.  In this way - we can verify that your details are correct, and that the domain name you have requested is one that is most suitable for your business (or personal) operation

Also - you agree that any domain provided by Severnserve can only be hosted by us. 

Should you wish to host elsewhere, this means that we cannot protect your interests in controlling the domain usage direct for web or email content. 
Should you wish to host the domain elswhere, your only recourse of action is to register the domain at, (or transfer the domain to) another registrar.


Allowance for future changes to domain name registration practices

The domain name system and the practice of registering and administering domain names is continuously evolving.  You must be aware of this,  and as a result, Severnserve may modify this Agreement as necessary from time to time to comply with any agreements by which Severnserve may be bound. We will notify you of these changes by e-mail or in writing  to refer You to the amended provisions. Continued use of the registered domain name for either email or webhosting or both, constitutes acceptance of this Agreement and  any amendments. 

By registering a "UK" domain name(s)  with Severnserve, you are also entering into a contract with nominet who is the controlling authority for the registration of UK domain names. Nominet terms and conditions can be found on our website, (See nominet terms and conditions on top level "domains" menu navigation) and also on nominet's Website at:

If at any time, you do not agree to or abide by  these terms and conidtions, your sole remedy is to request that your domain name registration be cancelled or transferred to a different domain name registrar.


UK Domain Name Registration 

Severnserve has been granted the right by nominet ( as a "tag holder")  to register names with the toplevel domains  such as:, .uk, top-level domains. Nominet oversees the,, and top-level domains.

When you register a domain with Severnserve' after the receipt of domain name registration information from You, Severnserve will submit the information to the nominet registry, who will also verify that the details you have provided  ( name /address etc ) are correct. You can see this by going to the "whois" service eihter on our website , or at


Correct registration and subsequent use of the domain

You specifically agree that : to the best of Your knowledge and belief, neither this registration of a domain name nor the manner in which it is directly  or indirectly to be used infringes the legal rights of a third party and, further, that the domain name is not being registered for nor shall it at any time be used for any unlawful purpose whatsoever.

By registering or renewing a .uk top-level domain and agreeing to these terms & conditions, You agree that You have read and agree to:

Nominet terms & conditions

If You are registering the domain for a third party, You warrant that the third party for whom you register the domain name have read and agree to the Nominet Terms & Conditions - and that the third parties name appears as the registrant of the domain -and those third party's details are dislcosed to Severnserve PRIOR to the domain name being registered.

In respect of  Severnserve providing domain name registration Services to You, You agree to pay Severnserve, prior to the succesful registration of the desired domain name the agreed annual fee for  initial registration and subsquent annual renewals. Our prices for registration and renewal of domain names may change from time to time -and we will inform you of these changes as and when they occur by email or direct contact.

We will not register your domian name, nor make any hosting of the domain name live - until Severnserve receives cleared funds in  payment of the registration fee. If however, by prior aggreement  - Severnserve registers a domain name in anticipiation of payment, Severnserve will not activate hosting of that domain until cleared funds are received in repsect of payment of the agreed fee

If payment is not received within 90 days of the domain being registered - then Severnserve will cancel the domain registration.In that event you will still be liable for the registration fee. In general - all fees for domain registration (and hosting thereof) for the complete year of operations must be prepaid and are non-refundable. The subsequent and following years of registration of the domain and its use form a new annual contact - again subject to all these terms in full - for each and every year.

Payment for domain registration must be made either by cheque, bank transfer, or by us collecting payment by direct debit - in which case Severnserve will provide you with a direct debit mandate form.



This Agreement shall remain in full force for one year from the date of your domain name registration(s) as agreed.

If you decide to renew your domain registration with us on the anniversary date - then these terms and conditions will then re-apply in full for the following year, and so on - until you decide not to continue. If you do decide to cancel part way through a year of contract, then no refund will be given


Annual Renewal of domains

Becuase a domain is not "owned by you" ( it is merely "leased"  from Nominet via Severnserve who acts as your Nominet agent) then:
Unless the domain is renewed on its renewal date, the domain will eventually cease to operate, and will also eventually revert back to ownership by Nominet.

The domain then can be registered by someone else. 

So - to avoid this happening - Severserve operates a postive renewal system.

That is: Your domain will automatically renew for a subsequent period.  If you wish us NOT to renew your domain for a subsequent period, then you MUST inform us in writing either by email to, or by post to our address as shown on our website,

Automatic renewals are not refundable and it is Your responsibility to ensure valid contact and payment details are provided to Severnserve at all times. If for any reason renewal fails, this can lead to suspension or eventual cancellation of the domain.

Severnserve' domain renewal process is automated,  however, it is Your responsibility to check that Your renewal has been successful within one month of the renewal date. You will automatically be charged for the renewal of the domain 30 days prior to its expiry. To check the registration status of  .uk domains  - you can do this using our "whois search", or the whois search at


Ownership of data

You agree and acknowledge that Severnserve owns the following:

(a) all database, compilation, collective and similar right, title and interests worldwide in the domain name database;
(b) all information and derivative works generated from the domain name database;
(c) the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number of the technical contact, administrative contact,and billing contact for the domain name;
(d) any other information concerning the registered domain name that appear in the WHOIS or similar database;
(e) other information generated or obtained in connection with the provision of domain name registration and management Services, other than the domain name being registered, and the IP names and addresses of the primary nameservers and any secondary nameservers.

Outside of your rights, Severnserve does not have any ownership interest in Your specific personal registration information.


Transfer of ownership

The person named as the registrant shall be the owner of the domain name. You agree that prior to transferring ownership of Your domain name to another person, You shall require that person to agree in writing to be bound by all  (and act accordingly with) -  the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Your domain name will not be transferred until we receive  these  assurances in writing. 


Domain name dispute policy

You agree to be bound by the Domain Name Dispute Policy (the "Dispute Policy"), as amended from time to time, which is hereby incorporated and made a part of this Agreement by reference.

The Domain Name Dispute Policy can be found at
The Dispute Policy governs any dispute between you and any party other than us over the registration and use of the domain name.
The specific disputes which are subject to the Dispute Policy are contained in the Dispute Policy.
You agree that you will be subject to the provisions specified in the Dispute Policy in effect at the time the domain name registration is disputed by a third party.
Domain name registration information and its use


Information You are required to Submit

As part of the registration process, You are required to submit to Severnserve and keep updated the following information in connection with Your application for domain name registration:

(a) the domain name to be registered;
(b) the domain name holder's name and mailing address;
(c) the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number of the administrative contact for the domain name; and
(d) the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and fax number of the billing contact for the domain name. 

You shall provide and maintain updated information at all times with Severnserve.
Severnserve at its discretion may refuse to renew any registrations unless You maintain current and updated information at all times.
Severnserve may from time to time request additional information from You. While not obligated to provide the additional information, You should provide the additional requested information to ensure that You will obtain all the products and Services which Severnserve makes available to domain name registrants.

Additional Information Maintained about Your Registration 

In Addition to the information You provide, we maintain additional information relating to Your domain name registration, including:

(a) the original creation date of the registration;
(b) records of account for Your domain name registration, including dates and amounts of all payments and refunds;
(c) the IP names and address of the primary name servers and any secondary name servers;
(d) the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number of the technical contact for the domain name;
(e) the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number of the domain registrant for the domain name;
(f) the expiration date of the registration; and (i) other information regarding all other activity regarding Your domain name registration and related Services.

Obligations Relating to Data Provided by You
If in registering a domain name You provide information about a third party, You warrant that You have provided notice to and have obtained the express consent from the third party to the disclosure and use of the third party's information as provided in this Agreement.


Registrant Data

You must not knowingly provide poor quality Registrant data.

Opt out of whois:
"non trading individuals ( that is where domains are used purely for personal use) are currently allowed to opt-out of:  providing their postal address on the WHOIS.  You MUST provide Severnserve with accurate proof that the domain is being used SPECIFICALLY for personal use only ( ie a non-trading use) before Severnserve will enable the “opt out” option.
If we DO NOT receive such assurances of personal use – Severnserve will not enable the optout option .


Limitation of liability

You agree that Severnserve shall, under no circumstances, be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, punitive, exemplary, or consequential damages resulting from loss of profits, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, even if Severnserve has been advised of the possibility of such damages, and in particular Severnserve will not be liable for the following:

(a) suspension or loss of Your domain registration;
(b) use of Your domain name registration;
(c) interruption of Your business;
(d) access delays or interruptions to any web sites accessed by Your registered domain name;
(e) non-delivery, mis-delivery, corruption, destruction, or modification of data;
(f) events beyond the reasonable control of Severnserve;
(g) processing of an application for domain name registration; or
(h) application of the Dispute Policy.

Severnserve shall not, under any circumstances, be liable or responsible for any errors, omissions or other actions by the registry administrator arising out of or related to Your application, receipt of, or failure to receive a domain name registration.

Severnserve's maximum aggregate liability shall not exceed the greater of:

(a) the total amount paid by You for registration of the domain name


Idemnification of Severnserve

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Severnserve and the registry administrator, including Severnserve and its employees, directors, officers, representatives from and against any claim, action, suit, demand, loss, damages, costs (including reasonable legal fees, expert witness fees and expenses), or other proceeding related to or arising out of the registration or use of the domain name. This indemnification is in addition to any indemnification required under the Dispute Policy.

You also agree that in the event a domain name dispute arises with any third party, You shall indemnify and hold Severnserve harmless pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Dispute Policy.


Representations and warranties

You represent and warrant that:

(a) all information provided in connection with Your domain name registration is accurate; and
(b) neither the registration of the domain name nor the manner in which it is directly or indirectly used infringes the legal rights of a third party.

You acknowledge and agree that all domain name registration Services provided to You by Severnserve are provided on an "as is" basis.

Severnserve makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, in connection with this Agreement or its domain name registrations Services, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Severnserve makes no representation or warranties of any kind that registrations or use of domain name under this Agreement will immunize You from challenges to the domain name registration or from suspension, cancellation, or transfer of the domain name to You.


Breach and revocation

Severnserve reserves the right to suspend, cancel, transfer or modify Your domain name registration in the event that:

(a) You breach this Agreement;
(b) You use Your registered domain name to send unsolicited commercial advertisements in contravention of applicable laws or customary acceptable usage policies of the Internet;
(c) You use Your domain name in connection with unlawful activity;
(d) If any instances arise for suspension, cancellation, transfer or other modification as provided in this Agreement
(e) You use Your domain name in connection with material that is slanderous to Severnserve.

You further acknowledge and agree that Your domain name registration is subject to suspension by any registrar (including Severnserve) administering procedures to correct mistakes by Severnserve, another registrar or the registry administrator in administering the name or for the resolution of disputes concerning the domain name

You also agree that Severnserve shall have the right in its sole discretion to suspend, cancel, transfer or otherwise modify a domain name registration after the expiration of  seven (7) calendar days prior written notice, or at such time as Severnserve receives a properly authenticated order from a court of competent jurisdiction, or arbitration award, requiring the suspension, cancellation transfer or modification of the domain name registration.

You acknowledge and agree that:

(a) providing inaccurate information;
(b) failing to update information promptly; or
(c) failing to respond to Severnserve' inquiries concerning the accuracy of contact details within fifteen calendar days of request shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement and will be sufficient basis for cancellation of Your domain name registration.



You acknowledge that registration or reservation of Your chosen domain name, does not confer immunity from objection to either the registration, reservation, or use of the domain name.


Terms and conditions of .uk purchase

Please note that registering a "uk" domain name also qualifies you for the ".uk" equivalent - which  ix automatically reserved until 10th June 2019,

This quallfication for the ".uk" equivalent remains in force until 10th June 2019 - for as long as the domain remains registered to you.

If at any time you decide not to renew your existing qualifying domain, the reserved .uk equivalent will automatically become available for registration by others.


Please note: by signing up for any of our services you agree to be bound by all Severnserve terms and conditions.