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Available languages — Key:landuse
Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse
Osm element key.svg
For describing the primary use of areas of land.
Group: Landuse
Used on these elements
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Documented values: 57
Status: Unspecified


See also Landuse

Mainly used to 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 (note that you should not use landuse=wood):

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
landuse allotments Node Area A piece of land given over to local residents for growing vegetables and flowers.
landuse basin Node Area An area of water that drains into a river.
Together with basin=* for stormwater/rainwater infiltration/detention/retention basins.
Other languages.
Boneyard Detention Basin 2006.jpg
landuse brownfield Node Area Describes land scheduled for new development where old buildings have been demolished and cleared
Former Brickworks ... - - 56268.jpg
landuse cemetery Area 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 Node Area Predominantly offices, business parks, etc.
Cambourne Business Park - - 15908.jpg
landuse conservation Area Protected areas (Not approved) Alternate tagging of same thing: boundary=protected_area, protected_area=*
Landuse conservation.png
landuse construction Node Area "Under construction" site, should become something different once the construction is finished
Landuse construction.jpg
landuse farmland Area An area of farmland used for tillage and pasture (animals, crops, vegetables, flowers, fruit growing).
Rye field.jpg
landuse farmyard Area 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.
Rendering-area-landuse farmyard-mapnik.png
landuse forest Node Area Managed forest or woodland plantation (Other languages).
Fort Nelson Forestry.JPG
landuse garages Area One level buildings with boxes commonly for cars, usually made of brick and metal. Usually this area belong to garage cooperative with own name, chairman, budget, rules, security, etc.
Rendering-area-landuse garages-mapnik.png
landuse grass Node Area For areas covered with grass. Consider landuse=meadow for meadow. and landuse=pasture for pasture.
Note that this is actually a Landcover tag, not a landuse tag and there is a proposal to deprecate it.
Mapnik landuse grass .png
landuse greenfield Node Area Describes land scheduled for new development where there have been no buildings before. A greenfield is scheduled to turn into a construction site
Rendering-area-landuse greenfield-mapnik.png
Greenfields - - 1202824.jpg
landuse greenhouse_horticulture Area Area used for growing plants in greenhouses
Greenhouses westland.jpg
landuse industrial Node Area Predominantly workshops, factories or warehouses
Rehuraisio feed plant in Oulu 2008 001.jpg
landuse landfill Node Area Place where waste is dumped. Other languages
landuse meadow Node Area An area of land primarily vegetated by grass and other non-woody plants, usually mowed for making hay (Other Languages).
Landuse Meadow.png
landuse military Node Area For land areas owned/used by the military for whatever purpose
REUNION 2007 04.jpg
landuse orchard Node Area intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production
landuse pasture Node Area (Proposed in Proposed features/pasture:) An area of land primarily vegetated by grass, used for grazing.
Landuse Meadow.png
Pasture with shelter.jpg
landuse peat_cutting Area An excavation created by the removal of peat. currently not rendered by mapnik
Peat cutting - - 1385530.jpg
landuse plant_nursery Area intentional planting of plants maintaining for the production of new plants currently not rendered by mapnik
Cutchogue - Oregon Road - Plant Nursery.jpg
landuse port Area coastal industrial area where commercial traffic is handled currently not rendered by mapnik
landuse quarry Node Area Surface mineral extraction (Other languages)
landuse railway Area Area for railway use, generally off-limits to the general public
landuse recreation_ground Node Area 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-recreation ground.png
landuse reservoir Node Area 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.
Amagase Dam.jpg
landuse residential Node Area Predominantly houses or apartment buildings
landuse retail Node Area Predominantly shops
Trocadero - London 1.jpg
landuse salt_pond Area A place where sea water is evaporated to extract its salt currently not rendered by mapnik
Salt ponds SF Bay (dro!d).jpg
landuse village_green Node Area 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-village green.png
landuse vineyard Node Area A piece of land where grapes are grown.
739px-Grape vines.jpg
landuse user defined Node Area All commonly used values according to Taginfo

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.