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Description
Identifies which branch (of a local, national or international group) this object represents.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Status: In usePage for proposal


This key is used to describe the name of a branch, usually a unique name or identifier to help distinguish physical locations operating under a single larger brand name. The original proposal.

Rationale

When querying for nearby shops, restaurants, fuel stations, etc in navigators such as Osmand, various branches of say the restaurant chain McDonalds often all show up in the resulting list under the same name, distinguished only by distance. If you are travelling in a specific direction and would prefer to visit a branch close to your general route this can be rather unhelpful.

Usage

To be used with tags such as amenity=bank. If there is a number associated with a branch, the ref=* would be better suited.

Examples

The name of a branch can take various forms. For smaller towns with only one branch, it could be the name of the town. For cities with multiple branches, it could be the name of a neighborhood, street or intersection. Names of people are also sometimes used.