To build a website, you must specify the instance and access information, website information, and entity information. To apply for an Internet Content Provider (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 limits 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 by using 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 apply for an ICP filing across provinces must submit a copy of the residence permit of the corresponding province. Some provincial authorities support this method. You can also choose another province to apply for an ICP filing.

For more information about the regulations of authorities in different provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions.

Instance service type

To obtain an ICP filing for your domain name by using the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, you must first purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance that is deployed in Mainland China. For more information, see the "Supported instance service types and maximum number of supported websites" section in the Prepare and check the instance and access information topic.

Service identification number The quantity of service identification numbers that can be applied for each supported instance varies based on its service type. For more information, see the "Supported instance service types and maximum number of supported websites" section in the Prepare and check the instance and access information topic.
Note
  • If you have already used a service identification number to obtain an ICP filing, you cannot use the service identification number again. You can apply for only 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 each supported 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, you must purchase a new instance to apply for a new service identification number.
Website information Website name Name your website based on 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 relevant authority before you apply for an ICP filing. For more information, see Pre-approval.
Note If the authority that you have consulted informs that a pre-approval is not required, you must provide remarks or submit statements as proof in the preliminary review based on the reviewer's remarks. For more information, see Provide remarks or submit statements.
CDN If your website hosted on an instance that is deployed in Mainland China uses Alibaba Cloud CDN to accelerate content delivery in Mainland China or global regions, 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 you modify the information about the website involved in the ICP filing information.
    • If a website has only one domain name, such domain name must not be changed. Other information such as the contact information and email address can be modified.
    • If a website has multiple domain names, such domain names can be deleted but must not be changed. Addition of domain names is also prohibited. However, other information such as the contact information and email address can be modified.
  • Beginning from April 22, 2019, all provinces have limits 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 only through IP addresses You can apply for an ICP filing only 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, log on to the filing system of the local communications administration to apply for an ICP filing.

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 You can use an Alibaba Cloud account to apply for ICP filings for only one entity, either an organization or an individual. However, an entity can apply for ICP filings for multiple websites, except in Hubei and Hunan provinces.