Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2020-8

Clarify and Update Annual Renewal Fee

Status: Implemented
Shepherds: Joe Provo, Owen DeLong

Current Text (23 February 2021)

AC Assessment of Conformance with the Principles of Internet Number Resource Policy:

This Draft Policy is fair, impartial, and technically sound. This draft policy replaces language identified as problematic by ARIN staff via the Policy Experience Report WG with a proper definition to keep the NRPM focused on numbers policy.

Problem Statement:

The January 2020 Policy Experience Report highlighted that the existing language in Section “Annual Renewal” references fees. Fees are not considered a member qualification criteria. Since fees aren’t referenced elsewhere in community policy, the wording was reviewed by the PEG.

Policy Statement:

Given that the Registration Services Agreement (RSA) already contains language regarding fees, the AC Shepherds recommend to eliminate entirely and add:

2.X Registration Services Agreement (RSA)

Number resources allocated or assigned by ARIN under these policies are subject to a contractual agreement between ARIN and the resource holder. Throughout this document, any and all forms of this agreement, past or future, are simply referred to as the Registration Services Agreement (RSA).


The AC’s understanding is that community policy should not include language referring to fees, as such language is already present in the Registration Services Agreement (RSA)

Registration Services has informed us that “Section contains language detailing fee due dates, encouraging on-time payments, and mentions potential revocations. It also contains a reference to web documentation that has evolved significantly since this policy was implemented, and may continue to do so. Essentially the entire section is made of language that is already in the Registration Services Agreement, and is generally fee-focused, making it outside normal scope for Internet number resource policy.”

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

Anything Else: Community input since adopting draft has informed this direction. The 2.X placeholder is used as this seems like it might be foundational enough to not be 2.17 but the Shepherds would rather not upset current indexing arbitrarily.

Version Reviewed: 15 January

Staff Understanding:

This Draft Policy would remove Section in its entirety and insert a new subsection into NRPM Section 2. Definitions. Section focused on annual renewal fee payments and potential for revocation, including references to public pages, which are subject to occasional relocation and change. The new subsection text for NRPM Section 2. Definitions regarding the Registration Services Agreement (RSA) is clear and understandable.

Implementable as Written? Yes

Impact on ARIN Registry Operations and Services:

This Draft Policy would cause no operational or service changes.

Legal Review:

The policy does not create any material legal issues.

Implementation Timeframe Estimate: Three months

Implementation Requirements:

  • Staff training
  • Updated public documentation
  • Updated internal procedures and guidelines

History and Earlier Versions

Action Date
Proposal 18 August 2020
Draft Policy 20 August 2020
Revised 20 November 2020
Revised 15 January 2021
Recommended Draft Policy 23 February 2021
Last Call 20 April 2021
Advanced to the Board of Trustees 25 May 2021
Adopted 12 July 2021
Implemented 12 August 2021