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Policy Development

What is a policy?

A policy is a documented decision made by the ARIN community that determines the management of Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System numbers) in the ARIN region. These policies are incorporated into the Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM).

What is ARIN's policy development process?

The Policy Development Process (PDP) is how the ARIN community proposes, discusses, and adopts policies. The PDP is cyclical and consists of five basic steps. They are:

  • Need: A community member submits a proposal after seeing a need for a new or revised policy.
  • Discuss: The ARIN Advisory Council develops technically sound and useful draft policies and forwards them for community discussion on the Public Policy Mailing List and at Public Policy Meeting(s).
  • Consensus: The Advisory Council evaluates consensus and, if found in favor, recommends ratification by the Board of Trustees. The Board ratifies a draft policy after ensuring the PDP was followed and conducting an examination of each draft policy in terms of fiduciary risk, liability risk, conformity to law, and adherence to the ARIN Articles of Incorporation and ARIN Bylaws.
  • Implement: The new policy takes effect.
  • Evaluate: ARIN community and staff members evaluate all policies for relevance and unintended consequences based on implementation experience. This continuous review may result in additional needs.

Who can participate in policy development?

Anyone! Any interested party is welcome and encouraged to participate in ARIN's policy development process.

How to Participate

Subscribe to the Public Policy Mailing List (PPML) and join in the discussions. The community uses this public forum to raise and discuss policy-related ideas and issues surrounding existing and proposed ARIN policies. All new policy proposals are introduced and discussed here.

Find subscription information on the Mailing List Information Page

Attend bi-annual ARIN Public Policy Meetings or participate remotely through the meeting webcasts. Current policy proposals are presented and discussed at each meeting.

Meeting information is available through the Meeting Section of the website.

Submit a Policy Proposal to create new policy or revise current policy. Read the Policy Development Process (PDP) to understand the proposal process, and follow the template instructions to submit your proposal.