[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

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Tue Mar 26 16:13:35 EDT 2024

On 21 March 2024, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) advanced the following Draft Policy to Recommended Draft Policy status: 

* ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

The text of the Recommended Draft Policy is below, and may also be found at: 


You are encouraged to discuss all Recommended Draft Policies on PPML prior to their presentation at the next ARIN Public Policy Consultation (PPC). PPML and PPC discussions are invaluable to the AC when determining community consensus. 

The PDP can be found at:


Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at: 


Eddie Diego
Policy Analyst
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

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

Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: Draft ARIN Waitlist Qualification Update, conforms to the principles of the ARIN Policy Development Process. This draft policy is found to be fair, impartial and technically sound. Based on community feedback and AC discussion we motion to move ARIN-2023-6 Draft ARIN Waitlist Qualification Update to Recommended Draft. If adopted this policy aims to clarify qualification requirements for the IPv4 waitlist based on Section 4 Policy. This is achieved by adding a sub section in Section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist.

Problem Statement:

Since the depletion of ARIN’s IPv4 address free pool, ARIN now issues general purpose IPv4 addresses exclusively from the Waitlist, which is described in section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist. Currently the text found in section 4.2 Allocations to ISPs (Requirements for Requesting Initial Address Space), 4.3 End-users - Assignments to End Users, and 4.5 Multiple Discrete Networks, might give some readers the impression that meeting these conditions is sufficient to justify the issuance of IPv4 addresses. Indeed these requirements do serve to complement section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist policy, as necessary - but not sufficient - conditions.

This proposal aims to make explicit the relationship between waitlist policy and the qualification for waitlist space based on section 4.2 for ISPs, section 4.3 for End-users, and section 4.5 for organizations making use of multiple discrete networks.

Policy Statement:

Add: Qualification

ARIN staff will evaluate all Waitlist requests against the requirements of otherwise applicable Section 4 policies.


The working group evaluated the possibility of removing or collapsing 4.2 and 4.3 and their respective subsections. However, there are differences between ISPs and End Users which remain relevant, and ARIN staff references these respective sections when processing Waitlist requests.

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

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