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Public-images-osm logo.svg Prefix demolished:*
Recently demolished building.jpg
Namespace for features that have been demolished, without any traces left. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: lifecycle
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: in use
taginfo: demolished:*

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This page describes a key prefix rather than a simple key.

demolished:*=* is used for features that have been demolished, without any traces left.

However, prior to 12/2014, it may have been used for things like ruins=* or when the feature is almost but not completely invisible.

There is some dispute over the use of this and other lifecycle tags, with the main argument being that OSM is for features existing on the ground. This tag, however, is useful for preventing other mappers from inadvertently remapping demolished features that are still visible in aerial/satellite imagery currently available in OSM editors. (The note=* key may be a slightly less controversial alternative for this purpose.) Use sparingly.

See nonexistent features for more general discussion of mapping no longer existing features.

demolished:building=* building:demolished=* demolished:highway=* highway:demolished=*

Possible tagging mistakes

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

See also

  • razed:*=* - Namespace for features that have been completely removed
  • removed:*=* - Namespace for features that do not exist anymore
  • destroyed:*=* - Namespace for features that have been destroyed by an event other than intentional demolition, such as a natural disaster
  • ruins:*=* - Namespace for a feature that is in ruins, but still useful for navigation and visible in the landscape
  • ruined:*=* - Namespace for features that are in ruin, but which are still useful for navigation and visible in the landscape
  • no:*=* - Namespace for features that don't exist but have an high probability to be re-added by a non surveyed edit
  • Comparison of life cycle concepts