If your application is rejected

Every application for registration of a .swiss domain name is subject to assessment. The whois service (https://www.nic.swiss/nic/en/home/registrieren-sie-ihre-swiss-domain/whois.html) enables you to determine if the application is being processed, whether the domain name has been assigned or whether the application has been rejected.

An application is rejected when the conditions for assignment are not met. The reason for the rejection of an application is confirmed to the registrar in all cases. To obtain information concerning the rejection of your application, please contact the registrar or reseller you used to submit your application.

Details of the main reasons for the rejection of an application are given below. As far as possible, indications which enable submission of a new application which meets the assignment conditions are also provided.


Absence of an objective relationship between the domain name and the applicant

Code "rejNoRelat" / "rejNoNexus"

An application is rejected if it has not been possible to confirm the objective relationship between the applicant and the requested domain name.

For a .swiss domain name to be assigned, there must be an objective relationship between the applicant and the requested name. In particular, this is the case when the domain name corresponds to the name of the organisation submitting the application or to an applicant’s trademark.

A new application can be submitted via your registrar or reseller, noting the following aspects:
 
If the relationship is not obvious, any new application by you must include precise details. Your registrar can mention this information in the field "Intended use" of the application. You can also send this information directly to the registry by email (domainnames@bakom.admin.ch), before submitting a new application via your registrar or reseller. In this way, your information can be supplemented with supporting documentation.

Taking into account the objective relationship requirement, the application cannot be submitted by an intermediary (trustee, web or marketing agency, for example) but only by the organisation which can demonstrate an objective relationship with the name.

If a company applies for a domain name corresponding to one of its directors, managers or employees, the relationship is not sufficiently objective and the application must be rejected

A domain name corresponding to a third party's trademark or product name will not be assigned without their explicit consent.

The Business Identification Number (BID) shown in the application must correspond to the applicant for the domain name. You can check your Business Identification Number (BID) in the BID register [https://www.uid.admin.ch/search.aspx?lang=en].


Business Identification Number (BID) does not match

Code "rejRegOrgNotSet"

An application is rejected if the Business Identification Number (BID) shown in the application does not correspond to the applicant.

You can submit a new application via your registrar or reseller, ensuring that the Business Identification Number (BID) shown in your application corresponds to the name of your organisation.

You can check your Business Identification Number (BID) in the BID register [https://www.uid.admin.ch/search.aspx?lang=en]. You can obtain a BID number from the Federal Statistical Office [https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/registers/enterprise-register/enterprise-identification.html].


Invalid Business Identification Number (BID)

Code "rejNoValidUID"

An application is rejected if the Business Identification Number (BID) provided is invalid or if it is missing.   

A new application can be submitted via your registrar or reseller which should ensure that the Business Identification Number (BID) shown in your application corresponds to the name of your organisation.

You can check your Business Identification Number (BID) in the BID register [https://www.uid.admin.ch/search.aspx?lang=en]. You can obtain a BID number from the Federal Statistical Office [https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/registers/enterprise-register/enterprise-identification.html].


Generic name

Code "rejGeneric"

An application is rejected if the requested domain name corresponds to a name with a generic nature. These are names which refer to or generally describe a category or a class of goods, services, people, groups, organisations, products, technologies, sectors or activities.

A .swiss domain name corresponding to a name with a generic nature is subject to special assignment conditions (Art. 56 of the Ordinance on Internet Domains
(OID; [https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/20141744/index.html]).

It is assigned exclusively to an organisation which represents all or a major part of the community concerned by this domain name, or which is supported by this community. This may be, for example, an umbrella association of the sector referred to by the domain name, not a priori a company active in this sector.

In principle, a .swiss domain name corresponding to a name with a generic nature cannot be assigned to a specific participant in the market which would use the name designating this market in its own interests rather than those of the community concerned and/or would enjoy a competitive advantage over the other participants in the market.

A name of a generic character may be completed so that it is sufficiently individualised to no longer describe or refer to a category or a class of goods, services, persons, groups, organisations, things, techniques, sectors or activities. Examples: hotel-paradiso.swiss, carrosserie-michel.swiss, hxq-stahl.swiss. In such cases, the domain name can be assigned. However, an objective relationship must exist between the domain name thus formed and the entity applying for it.

Information on the conditions and the assignment process can be found on our website https://www.nic.swiss/nic/fr/home/registrieren-sie-ihre-swiss-domain/bedingungen-fuer-generische-namen.html.


No entry in the Swiss commercial register

Code "rejNoRegistrationCommercialRegister"

An application is rejected if the applicant is not registered in the Swiss commercial register.

You can submit a new application, ensuring that the organisation shown as the applicant is in fact registered with the Swiss commercial register.

However, there must be an objective relationship between the applicant and the requested name. If the connection is not obvious, any new application by you must include precise details. Your registrar can mention this information in the field of the application. Alternatively, you can send this information directly to the registry by email (domainnames@bakom.admin.ch), before submitting a new application via your registrar or reseller. In this way, your information can be supplemented with supporting documentation.

If the applicant is an association which is not registered in the Swiss commercial register, the statutes, the official minutes of the founding assembly and the list of the members of the committee must be supplied to the registrar by email to the address domainnames@bakom.admin.ch before a new application is submitted.


No office in Switzerland

Code "rejNoEffectiveSeatlnSwitzerland"

An application is rejected if the applicant does not have an office and also an effective administrative base in Switzerland.

These two conditions are cumulative.

A branch of a foreign company registered as such in the Swiss commercial register is therefore not eligible, since it does not have its own legal personality and moreover the base is that of the parent company located abroad.


Name of municipality

Code "rejPoliticalCommune"

An application for a domain name corresponding to the name of a Swiss municipality is rejected if the applicant is not the corresponding municipality.

The explicit written consent of the corresponding municipality is necessary if the domain name is to be assigned to a third party.


Name of a canton

Code "rejCanton"

An application for a domain name corresponding to the name of a Swiss canton is rejected if the applicant is not the corresponding canton.

The explicit written consent of the corresponding canton is necessary if the domain name is to be assigned to a third party.


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Last modification 15.06.2018

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