Key:building:use

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Church of Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Old-Catholic Church) in Cracow, Poland.jpg
Description
The present type of usage of a building Edit or translate this description.
Group: Buildings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Requires
Status: in use

The building:use=* key describes what kind of function a building=* serves. This tag can be handy when the form or original purpose of a building differs from its present use.

Mapping

For example, if a warehouse building serves as a residence, then you could tag it:

building=warehouse
building:use=residential

In fact, there are many examples in the real world where the original building was re-purposed. Dormitory used as apartment building:

building=dormitory
building:use=apartments


The function of a building can usually be expressed by combining building=* with other common tags, such as amenity=*, shop=*, or tourism=*. Imagine a church building used as a library:

building=church
amenity=library

See also

Possible tagging mistakes

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Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!