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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse
Changing landuse - - 1137810.jpg
For describing the primary use of areas of land.
Group: Landuse
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 64
Status: in use


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.

Note: Two values of landuse=* may be view as not strictly land use. These are landuse=grass and landuse=forest. Please refer to the pages of these for more information.


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 depot Area An area used as a depot for e.g. vehicles (trains, buses or trams). currently not rendered by osm-carto
RET remise Beverwaard (2).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). Some use this to map an area of trees rather than the use of the land. See the OSM wiki page on Forest
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 An area of mown and managed grass. Some view this as not a landuse, see the main page landuse=grass for information.
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.
landuse meadow Node Area A meadow or pasture.
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.
Use landuse=quarry + resource=peat instead
currently not rendered by osm-carto
Peat cutting - - 1385530.jpg
landuse plant_nursery Area intentional planting of plants maintaining for the production of new plants
Landuse plant nursery.png
Cutchogue - Oregon Road - Plant Nursery.jpg
landuse port Area coastal industrial area where commercial traffic is handled currently not rendered by osm-carto
landuse quarry Node Area Surface mineral extraction
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 religious Node Area Religious territory
Landuse-religious ground.png
Cerkiew w Komańczy by Verid1st 09.JPG
landuse reservoir Node Area There was considerable confusion whether landuse=reservoir is deprecated, but it turned out to be not deprecated and landuse=reservoir is used much wider than "new" way natural=water + water=reservoir. It may be a good idea to tag the actual water body with natural=water + water=reservoir in addition or instead of landuse=reservoir. See also the approved water details proposal and pointers to discussion on talk page.
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 osm-carto
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).
This tag is more used to tag all sorts of mixed vegetation, mostly in urban areas. Hence the above definition probably needs to be adjusted to fit the real use of it.
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.