IRS - Operational Testing Environment (OTE)

IRS Registrar Guide 7.21 (download PDF)

URL servers, and Ports




IRS Portal





Testing (OTE)



Further access and information regarding the TBR (to-be-released (TBR) server) will be released later during March

With the IRS portal admin user account provided you will be able to set up and manage other registrar users of the Portal as well as EPP API.

Registrar accounts

Account type



can manage registrar information, registrar contacts, users, droplist connections and IP allowlist cannot manage domains, contacts, or hosts


has access to the EPP interface to execute commands;


can view registrar information and registrar financial reports;


can view registrar information domains, contacts, hosts, but cannot change any settings;


has access to registry lock service options; this role must be assigned by a registry user;


can manage registrar information, domains, contacts and hosts; cannot manage users or IP allowlists.

IP whitelisting

Registrar are able to manage your own whitelisting for Portal, EPP and TBR use:

In the IRS Portal, click on the Admin menu. Click on Registrar settings. Scroll down to the bottom on the right hand side, there will be an IP Allowlist Settings.



Further access and information regarding the TBR will be released later during March

About IRS OTE environment

It is important to note that the IRS OTE environment is not complete and some settings may change. If you encounter any issues or problems please let our support team know.

This OTE has no production data or any test data pre-seeded for you. You will need to start with creating contact and host objects and then create some domains to do your testing.

Please note:

In the event that we need to rebuild this environment, you may lose your test data, we will try to give you plenty of advance notice.

The documentation included is still under development, please let us know if you find anything missing or if you find anomalies.

To assist in testing please refer to the IRS Registrar Guide 7.21 (download PDF)

Domain lifecycle settings

  • Grace period for renewals, and registrations have been set to 1 day (they are 5 days in production).

  • The auto-renewal grace period has also been set to 1 day (45 days in production)

  • The Redemption Grace Period (Pending Release) has been set to 2 days (90 days in production).

This has been done to assist you to simulate lifecycle testing in a shorter timetable.

EPP extensions

The following are the XSD extensions supported by IRS:

  • contact-1.0 - RFC 5733

  • domain-1.0 - RFC 5731

  • epp-1.0, eppall-1.0, and eppcom-1.0 - RFC 5730

  • #fee-0.9 - RFC Draft: brown-epp-fees

  • fee-0.11 - RFC Draft: regext-epp-fees

  • host-1.0 - RFC 5732

  • idn-1.0 - RFC Draft: eppext-idnmap

  • launch-1.0 - RFC Draft: regext-launchphase

  • mark-1.0 and signedMark-1.0 - RFC 7848

  • rgp-1.0 - RFC 3915

  • secDNS-1.1 - RFC 5910


Launch/Mark/SignedMark are all extensions for Launch phases. We are not planning on using them for .nz.

#Fee 0.9 is an earlier version of the Fee extension and 0.11 is the latest version

The following are the Fury-specific custom extensions:

  • fury 2.0 - Generic properties

  • fury-rgp-1.0 - RGP

.nz specific customisations

see Technical Changes from Legacy SRS to IRS

Version Release and updates

With each release we will add new feature documentation here.

During a release the OTE will have some outage time which will be communicate to registrars in advance along with a change log.

Questions and Queries

Please forward any questions or queries to You can also ask questions over the Slack channel