Some new changes have been introduced by the relevant authorities in regard to the ICP license application and requirements. More specifically:
1) During the application, the website must be offline (403 or 404 status)
2) Previously, it was possible to run the website on a Hong Kong or oversea server while the license was being processed. That is not allowed any more.
3) Successful applicants must display and maintain their ICP license in the footer of their website homepage with a link to the relevant government website. This was always the rule but enforcement was lax. Now it is a hard requirement and not doing so can result in the cancellation of the ICP license.
4) It is not allowed to park or forward domains without ICP license towards websites that have valid ICP licenses. To do so, the parked or forwarded domain must also have an ICP license.
You can learn more about these new rules and more details about the ICP license application procedure and requirements at www.sinohosting.net/icp.php