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Owned And Operated By F. W. Woolworth Co Sign (29415103122).jpg
The name of the owner of a given map feature Edit or translate this description.
Group: Properties
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Status: in use


The owner tag is used to indicate the identity of corporations, companies, non-profits, governments, organizations (and other entities) or people who actually own a feature.

This tag should only be added to a feature when the owner is verifiable: that is, a mapper can confirm who owns the feature by visiting the area in person. Usually this means there is a public sign which confirm the owner of the feature. If ownership can only be confirmed by visiting a government land ownership database, this tag is should not be used. Note: the more strict aspects of this are currently disputed on the Talk page.

It is also recommended not to add the names of individuals who own private homes or private businesses, due to privacy regulations in some countries.


This is the name of the company, corporation, entity, government, organization or person who owns the map feature. With regards to a particular name, please look for it in taginfo so as to not create different values for the same entity.

Owner isn't necessarily the operator

As a consequence of different strategies and infrastructure lifecycle, the owner can delegate the exploitation of its patrimony (perhaps hegemony) to another entity called operator. Please watch out for this detail so as to use the proper tag.