To host a website on a server in Mainland China, individual and enterprise applicants must apply for an ICP License (‘Bei’an’ in Chinese) from MIIT. Obtaining an ICP filing number means your website is verified and allowed to be accessed in Mainland China. Corporate websites with the purpose of generating income or providing a platform for others to generate income must apply for an ICP filing.
• Can only be used for informational purposes and not for generating revenue. (example: a portfolio, customer support, etc)
• Generate revenue (example: e-commerce) or providing a platform for others to generate income (example: Airbnb, UpWork).
Eligible entities: Chinese-owned enterprises and joint ventures that are at least 50% Chinese owned.
ICP Filing Procedure
1. Obtain a local hosting provider for your website
Register an account at a reputable hosting provider, purchase a hosting plan and domain name.
2. Submit the required documentation
Submit the required documentation to your hosting provider:
ID of the individual filling out the application
ID of the website administrator
Business license of the organization
Photo of yourself holding the required documents
Letter of authorization (from MIIT)
Domain name holder certificate (from hosting provider)
3. Wait for host + MIIT review
Your host provider will review your ICP application first before submitting it to MIIT. If the application is rejected, the reasons for rejection will be comminicated to you by your host provider and you will be able to make the necessary changes to your application.
Under normal circumstances, it takes 20 business days to receive the ICP License.