For describing the primary use of areas of land.
- See also Landuse
Mainly used for describe the primary use of land by humans. For general information on mapping/classifying land areas see Land use and areas of natural land. See Landcover for general information on tagging the physical appearance of land and Proposed features/landcover for a proposal to more clearly separate the concepts.
More detailed tagging for land uses is available in amenity=*, leisure=* and tourism=*, including amenity=college, amenity=hospital, leisure=park, amenity=parking, leisure=pitch, amenity=school, amenity=swimming_pool and amenity=university. In some cases these more detailed tags may be used for the primary landuse, in others they may provide supplementary information. For example a school within a residential area or a car park within a retail area.
See below for commonly used values for landuse:
|landuse||allotments||A piece of land given over to local residents for growing vegetables and flowers.|
|landuse||basin|| An area of water that drains into a river.
Together with basin=* for stormwater/rainwater infiltration/detention/retention basins.
|landuse||brownfield||Describes land scheduled for new development where old buildings have been demolished and cleared|
|landuse||cemetery||Place for burials. You can add religion=* (values listed in the place of worship page). Smaller places (e.g. with a church nearby) may use amenity=grave_yard instead.|
|landuse||commercial||Predominantly offices, business parks, etc.|
||Protected areas (Not approved) Alternate tagging of same thing: Tag:boundary=protected_area, Key:protected_area|
|landuse||construction||"Under construction" site, should become something different once the construction is finished|
|landuse||farm||An area of farmland used for tillage and pasture (animals, crops, vegetables, flowers, fruit growing).|
|landuse||farmland||Synonyme for farm, used in JOSM because farm was considered ambiguous. Farmland has been used more often as of 2013-02-21 (610 472 tags vs 453 935). See ticket #1579.|
|landuse||farmyard||An area of land with farm buildings like farmhouse, dwellings, farmsteads, sheds, stables, barns, equipment sheds, feed bunkers, etc. plus the open space in between them and the shrubbery/trees around them.|
|landuse||forest||Managed forest or woodland plantation (Other languages).|
|landuse||garages||One level buildings with boxes commonly for cars, usually made of brick and metal. Usualy this area belong to garage cooperative with own name, chairman, budget, rules, security, etc.|
|landuse||grass||For areas covered with grass. Consider landuse=meadow for pasture. Note that this is actually a Landcover tag, not a landuse tag and there is a proposal to deprecate it.|
|landuse||greenfield||Describes land scheduled for new development where there have been no buildings before. A greenfield is scheduled to turn into a construction site|
|landuse||greenhouse_horticulture||Area used for growing plants in greenhouses|
|landuse||industrial||Predominantly workshops, factories or warehouses|
|landuse||landfill||Place where waste is dumped. Other languages|
|landuse||meadow||An area of land primarily vegetated by grass and other non-woody plants (Other Languages).|
|landuse||military||For land areas owned/used by the military for whatever purpose|
|landuse||orchard||intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production|
|landuse||plant_nursery||intentional planting of plants maintaining for the production of new plants|
|landuse||quarry||Surface mineral extraction (Other languages)|
|landuse||railway||Area for railway use, generally off-limits to the general public|
|landuse||recreation_ground||An open green space for general recreation, which may include pitches, nets and so on, usually municipal but possibly also private to colleges or companies|
|landuse||reservoir||Stores water, may be covered or uncovered; for a covered reservoir see also man_made=reservoir_covered (Other languages). See water=reservoir for alternative tagging.|
|landuse||residential||Predominantly houses or apartment buildings|
|landuse||salt_pond||A place where sea water is evaporated to extract its salt|
|landuse||village_green||An area of common land, usually grass, in the centre of a village (quintessentially English - defined separately from 'common land' under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and the Commons Act 2006).|
|landuse||vineyard||A piece of land where grapes are grown.|
|landuse||user defined||All commonly used values according to Taginfo|
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