No, You Can’t Even Lease A .NYC Domain Name To Someone Outside New York

On the 4th of August, .NYC entered the landrush phase that will remain open until October 3, 2014 at 15:00.

.NYC has a pretty strict Nexus policy that only allows people and businesses with a valid physical New York address to register a .nyc domain name. Not even a P.O. Box address is allowed.

But I think that the most interesting part of the Nexus policy is the 5th point:

“Registrants may not license, sub-delegate or otherwise transfer .NYC domain names to third parties that otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this Nexus Policy.”

This means that you can’t lease a .nyc domain name to a third party that doesn’t meet the nexus requirements. Even if you do meet them… This could be a bit tricky to enforce though. So even if you fulfill Nexus you can’t lease a .nyc domain to someone outside New York.

And of course you can’t transfer a .nyc domain name to a party that doesn’t meet Nexus requirements. Actually you could but the domain name could then easily being taken away from the new owner.

Here is the detailed .NYC Nexus policy:

The City of New York desires to have only those individuals or entities having a substantive and lawful connection to the City be permitted to register for .NYC domain names (“Nexus Policy”).

  1. Registrants in .NYC must be either:
    1. a natural person whose primary place of domicile is a valid physical address in the City of New York (“Nexus Category 1”); or
    2. an entity or organization that has a physical street address in the City of New York (“Nexus Category 2”).
  2. The existence of a P.O. Box address in the City of New York shall not qualify for purposes of meeting the Nexus Policy.
  3. Registrants must agree in their Agreement with their Registrar and/or Reseller, whichever applicable, that they are in compliance with all relevant Federal, New York State and New York City laws, including the tax requirements for conducting business via the Internet. Registrants may find more information about compliance with the City tax laws at the City of New York Department of Finance’s website (currently at www.nyc.gov/finance).
  4. Registrants must remain in compliance with the applicable Nexus Category for the entire period of such domain name’s registration by the registrant.
  5. Registrants may not license, sub-delegate or otherwise transfer .NYC domain names to third parties that otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this Nexus Policy.
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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

10 comments

  1. More of a reason to stick with a .com. Who needs another tyrant overlooking their affairs?

  2. Agreed, yet another reason to stick with .com. Who needs a board of governors dictating to you what you can and can’t do with your url? Now can we all agree that gtld’s are dead? Or, must me wait another two weeks, just to be sure?

  3. valid psychical New York address?

  4. .yawn

    Yet another soon-to-wither-and-die gtld.

    Who would have ever thunk it?

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