You must protect your .gov.uk domain name properly when you no longer need it, to avoid domains and services being compromised. This can include shutting the domain down or defending the domain name by keeping it registered.
If you no longer want to use your domain name but need to protect it from being owned by another organisation, you must continue renewing the domain name and protect the domain name from abuse.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) may delete your domain name if you no longer comply with this guidance.
Your domain name will be deleted and removed from the internet if you do not renew and pay your fees on time.
Before you shut down a domain name, you must evaluate and manage the impact of the domain name no longer being available. Your organisation is responsible for considering the risks and consequences of decommissioning your domain name.