To build a website, you must specify the instance and access information, website information, and entity information. To apply for an ICP filing, you must submit the preceding information to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) so that it can verify the authenticity and security of the services provided by your website. This topic describes the restrictions that may apply when you apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

Category Item Description
Instance and access information Instance location To obtain an ICP filing for your domain name through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, you must first purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China.
Cross-province ICP filing application
  • Organizations cannot apply for an ICP filing across provinces.
  • Individuals who need to apply for an ICP filing across provinces must submit a copy of the residence permit of the corresponding province. Some provincial administrations support this method. You can also choose another province to apply for an ICP filing.

To view the regulations of a province or city, click the link of the province or city in ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions.

Instance type

To obtain an ICP filing for your domain name through the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System, you must first purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China. For more information, see Supported instance types and maximum number of supported websites.

Service identification number The quantity of service identification numbers that can be applied for per supported instance varies based on its type. For more information, see Supported instance types and maximum number of supported websites.
Note
  • If you have already used a service identification number and obtained an ICP filing, you cannot use the service identification number again. You can only apply for one service identification number for each product from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace for website building.
  • The quantity of service identification numbers that can be applied for per each instance is fixed. You cannot increase the upper limit by renewing the instance. If all service identification numbers available for an instance are in use and you need to apply for a new service identification number, you must purchase a new instance.
Website information Website name Name your website according to the naming rules.
Pre-approval If the content of your website involves information about industries that require pre-approvals, you must obtain a pre-approval from the specified authority before applying for an ICP filing. For more information, see Pre-approval.
Note If the authority you consulted replies that you do not need to handle the pre-approval documents, you need to provide additional information or submit statements as proof materials in the preliminary review phase based on the reviewer's comments. For more information, see Provide remarks or submit statements.
CDN If your website hosted on an instance in Mainland China uses Alibaba Cloud CDN to accelerate content delivery in Mainland China or all over the world, you must apply for an ICP filing to use Alibaba Cloud CDN. For more information, see Use Alibaba Cloud CDN.
Domain name
  • The top-level domain of the domain name that needs an ICP filing must be approved by the MIIT.
  • The registrar must be approved by the MIIT.
  • The domain name must be valid.
  • You must complete the real-name verification process for the domain name.
  • For enterprise ICP filing application in some provinces, the name of the entity can be the same as the name of the legal representative. In other scenarios, the registrant information must be consistent with the entity information. For more information about ICP regulations of different provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions.
  • Beginning from April 22, 2019, you can apply for an ICP filing for only one domain name of each website. You cannot change or add domain names for your website when modifying the information about the website involved in the ICP filing information. The details are as follows:
    • If a website has only one domain name, such domain name must not be changed. Other information such as the contact information and email can be modified.
    • If a website has multiple domain names, such domain names must not be changed or a portion thereof may be deleted, but modification or addition of domain names are prohibited. Other information such as the contact information and email can be modified.
  • Beginning from April 22, 2019, all provinces have restrictions on the number of websites for which domain names can be filed by each entity when an entity applies for an ICP filing for the first time or for a new website.
Websites accessible through IP addresses only You can only apply for an ICP filing for a domain name instead of an IP address in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

If your website is accessible only through an IP address, you must log on to the ICP filing system of the local communications administration office to apply for ICP filing. For more information about the procedure, choose ICP Filing Process > IP Address Filing Process in the ICP Filing Management System of the MIIT (available in Chinese only).

Website content
  • The website must not contain any illegal content.
  • If the content of the website contains information about an industry or an enterprise, you cannot apply for an ICP filing as an individual.
Entity information Entity Each Alibaba Cloud account supports only one entity, which can be an organization or an individual. However, an entity can apply for ICP filings for multiple websites, except in Hubei and Hunan Provinces.