The community in the ARIN region decides how ARIN will manage and administer Internet number resources. These community decisions are recorded as polices. The ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) is the repository for all policies.

Policy development is an open and transparent process. Anyone may participate in the process – a prior relationship as an ARIN member or customer is not a requirement nor is it a requirement for a person to become a member. The Policy Development Process (PDP) describes the process structure and details how a proposal becomes a policy.

The ARIN Board of Trustees evaluates a Recommended Draft Policy for adoption once it is received from the Advisory Council. In its review, the Board of Trustees evaluates the policy with respect to the Policy Development Goals of the PDP including specifically whether the ARIN Policy Development Process has been followed, and whether the policy is in compliance with law and ARIN’s mission.

The Policy Proposal Archive contains the status of active proposals as well as complete information concerning previous policy proposals. A comparative overview of all RIR policies is maintained by the Number Resource Organization (NRO).

Number Resource Policy Manual

The Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) is the repository for all policies. It is updated when new policies are implemented. The change log shows the history of this document.

Policy Development Process

The ARIN Policy Development Process (PDP) is the process by which all policies governing the management of Internet number resources in the ARIN region are developed by and for the ARIN community.

Draft Policies and Proposals

View Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion as well as information about all previous Draft Policies and Proposals.