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Public-images-osm logo.svg razed:building
Recently demolished building.jpg
Recently demolished building. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: lifecycle
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: in use


This tag is using razed: lifecycle prefix. It is used for buildings that have been demolished, sometimes without any traces left.

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.

It must not be used for buildings gone and unlikely to mapped by accident. Such objects should be not mapped and deleted if mapped. OpenStreetMap is mapping current state of the world, not its past.

Consider using more popular demolished:building=* instead of this key, it has exactly the same meaning. Additionally "razed" is less well known word than "demolished", especially among people using English as secondary language. Additionally "razed" and more popular word "raised" sound very similar leading to an additional confusion.

Projects for mapping nonexisting buildings

For mapping buildings that were demolished a long time ago and for archiving demolished buildings, please see and use OpenHistoricalMap instead.