|amenity = letter_box|
|Private mailboxes where mailmen or other people deposit letters to specific addresses.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
A letter box is a private mailbox where mailmen or other people deposit incoming mail to specific addresses. It's often near a door or a gate of a building or access road. Do not confuse it with an amenity=post_box, which has the opposite function (outgoing mail).
How to map
Add a node on the position of the letter box and add amenity=letter_box. If the box is attached to or built into the wall of a building, insert the node in the building's contour. Also add the address, see #Postal address below.
Mailboxes for several addresses are regularly combined in one place (for example per street in rural areas, or at the front door of an apartment, for a group of trailers in a trailer park) — then use just one single node instead of 20 separate ones.
You can map the address the mailbox is for. Use the common addr:*=* scheme, BUT use the prefix
post instead of
- post:unit=*: for the bus/apartment number if the node represents one single mailbox
- post:flats=*: for the bus/apartment numbers if the node represents multiple mailboxes
If you map multiple mailboxes as one node, it's likely that they have more than one housenumber. Follow the generic addr:*=* rules for that: separate the numbers with semicolons, such as post:housenumber=3;5;7B; create ranges like post:flats=13-24.
Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan):
United States (Jacksonville, Florida):
United States (Phoenix, Arizona):
- amenity=post_box - A box to deposit outgoing postal items
- amenity=post_office - A place where letters and parcels may be sent or collected
- amenity=parcel_locker - An automated machine with lockers for picking-up and/or sending parcels
- letter box page at Wikipedia