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Public-images-osm logo.svg disused:
Namespace for features that have fallen into disuse, but which are still useful for navigation and visible in the landscape. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Lifecycle
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
See also
Status: approved

Use the disused: lifecycle prefix on tags that relate to features that are in a reasonable state of repair but which are currently unused. Examples include vacant or boarded-up dusty shop buildings or unused parking lots.

For features which can only be returned to use with significant repair efforts, use the prefix abandoned: instead. Use of disused as a simple tag is now discouraged (for example disused=yes).

How to tag

Add the namespace disused: as a prefix to all keys which are no longer relevant to the current state of an object. You should treat all the tags on an object as a set of facts about the object, and prefix the keys of those facts which are no longer true as a result of the disuse. For example, a concrete parking area which is no longer used for parking cars but which still carries a name sign might be tagged as

name=West Plain Car Park

which makes it unavailable to programs which find parking, and unlikely to be displayed as parking in any default renderings. The name is still relevant, and will still be searchable. If the area is opened up again, it's a simple matter to undo the prefixing.


Image Tagging Description
Closed down shop.jpg disused:shop=yes A closed-down shop of some sort. If the type of shop it used to be is known, substitute the appropriate value from shop for yes.
Disused-or-abandoned-pub.jpg disused:amenity=pub
disused:operator=The Oxford Pub Company
name=Fox & Hounds
Boarded-up disused public house. It no longer has an operator as such - no beer is sold - but the name is still useful for navigation.
Weiche der ehemaligen Bahnstrecke Herzberg–Siebertal.jpg railway=disused
Historic railway line. Tracks not degraded but overgrown.
Leisurepitchdisused.png disused:leisure=pitch Disused pitch, now somewhat overgrown.

Former use (as a simple tag)

Using disused=yes' as a simple tag is deprecated, but there are many uses of it in the database still. It was used for the same purpose as described above, but the syntax was unhelpful because automated consumers of the data would have had to be rewritten. This, in practice, does not happen. The former notes still apply:

  • Some disused features will be tagged in the database as disused=yes. The addition of this tag implies lots of things about the general level of human activity present in and around the object, but by itself isn't sufficient to describe the object's status consistently. To make the tags internally consistent:
  • You must also make any tags which no longer have current meaning as a result of the disuse unavailable to software which doesn't know about the disused=yes tag. This can be done by prefixing their keys with the namespace disused: — see the examples above.

Updating older tagging

Uses of the simple tag should ideally be updated as follows:

Older scheme (deprecated) Intermediate scheme (discouraged) Current scheme (recommended)

See also

Related keys and tags

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!