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Icon proposal

Here is the image:


(A SVG version is also available, but I've not yet found out how to upload SVG files)

<tag k="amenity" v="townhall"/>

--audifahrer 23:07, 12 February 2007 (UTC)


I would like to raise one note of caution. Locally, in Baldock, Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City we have Townhalls, and in Ickleford we have a Village Hall, but in none of these cases are these administrative buildings. In Baldock and Letchworth Garden City the Townhalls were once administrative centres but no longer, but in Hitchin and Ickleford, the buildings were never build for administrative purposes, but as community facilities. -- Batchoy 14:46, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Ok, I didn't know that. In germany "townhall" is the translation of "Rathaus". And as I know there's only one "Rathaus" in villages. I couldn't say this for big cities. Perhaps cities have multible townhalls and perhaps also "old" no longer official used townhalls. So how is the building named in your country where the mayor (german: Bürgermeister) sits?--audifahrer 11:56, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
Maybe that's true for villages (wouldn't it be villagehall then?) Government is much bigger nowadays then it was several hundreds of years ago. Thus we have a "old Rathaus" here - e.g. for representation and as a touristic highlight. It may be used e.g. for weddings while there's not necessarily a mayor's office. There's a "new Rathaus" (which again may be several hundred years old, although it would be newer than the old building), accompanied by a "technical Rathaus" where certain departments are located. BTW there are four mayors for different departments (building, school, econonmy, ...), one "Oberbürgermeister" (chief mayor?) and some successors of mayors from former town parts which merged with the town, but still got their old townhall and some kind of special status with a kind of town part mayor. Thus there may be many different kinds of townhalls within a town. --traut 13:10, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
In response to Batchoy's concerns, which I also thought about, there is another proposal that started life as Proposed_features/Civic_centre, which caters for administrative centres, leaving town halls to denote, well, town halls. In the UK administrative centres have commonly moved from the town hall into different buildings, but the original buildings retain their name. TomChance 21:22, 26 March 2007 (BST)
I've an addition for the people who mentioned there're several townhalls in a city. If there are several townhalls you could use mayor=true to tag the townhall where the city mayor works. But this is a later discussion. For now we simply need a townhall tag.
Apart from mayor=yes (not true, please; let's stick to common wording), one could set disused=yes to old town halls that are not used as town halls anymore. Gmunden in Austria for example has its Rathaus as well as the two buildings used prior to the current one. So tagging all of them with townhall, but the old ones with disused, would serve the purpose as well. -- MapFlea 11:00, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

So what does it mean? Is it a community centre, is it where the mayor has its office, is it an administrative building for the municipality, something else? --Skratz 17:03, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


  • I open the vote and approve the proposal. --spaetz 22:06, 25 March 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal. --andreas99 22:06, 25 March 2007 (BST)
  • approve: yes, let's have this, with the understanding that it refers (in the UK) to be municipal building known as a "town hall" whether or not the council meetings are held there... Morwen 23:40, 5 April 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal in the same vein as Morwen, it shouldn't imply that it has any local government function. Leave that for the other proposal (linked above). TomChance 09:37, 6 April 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal. --Gregoryw 18:05, 21 May 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal. --Proximacentauri 13:17, 27 May 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal. --EdoM (Parliamone) 12:29, 1 June 2007 (BST)
  • I approve the proposal. OlivierB 13:33, 16 October 2007 (BST)
  • I disapprove the proposal. I feel the icon is not suitable. --traut 13:12, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
  • I disapprove the proposal. It's not clear what it means, also the icon looks like a courthouse. --Skratz 17:01, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

spelling query

Shouldn't it be two words (town hall)? and the tag be town_hall (not townhall) to be consistent with every other amenity?