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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = post_office
Post office Wenigzell, Styria.jpg
Description
A place where letters and parcels may be sent or collected.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Post office-14.svg
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Wikidata
Status: de facto

A post office. A place where letters and parcels may be sent or collected.

Use amenity=post_office on nodes or areas.

How to Map

Set a node or draw as an area along the post office outline. Add the tag amenity=post_office and name=*.

Tags to use in combination

  • name=* - if it has a particular name.
  • operator=* - if a private company operates it.
  • ref=* - could be used if there is a identifying number of the post-agency.
    • ref:FR:LaPoste=* - is used in France for the public post offices operated by La Poste, or shops and public amenities working under contract with La Poste.
  • atm=yes - could be used if there is a automated teller machine present. However, if possible, you should try to place a separate amenity=atm node.
  • change_machine=yes - could be used if there is a automated change machine present.

Related Tags

Potential data source

France

A list of postal public facilities has been released by the French Government initiative for Open Data. Locations indicated in this file seems to be the result of geocoding, and appear to be of variable quality (from very precise to obviously wrong). This is a very valuable input, but it cannot be imported without checking and comparisons from other sources.

However, most post offices have been mapped individually as these are well-known places in cities, and there are not many post offices (frequently not even one per municipality, except large cities that may have several). Most post offices in France are indicated by traffic direction signs; you can't really miss one (except possibly specific postal facilities for businesses or internal buildings for shipping/delivery only, not open to the public).

As many post offices in small villages are now closing, they are replaced by postal services hosted in local shops or other public services: they are more difficult to locate because these services are in other kinds of shops/services (e.g. in oil stations/garages, food shops, cafés, tobacco and newspaper/magazine sellers, ink cartridge sellers, mobile phone sellers, photography studios, hairdressers, or sometimes in the town hall of small villages...) and are no longer separate public amenities. These postal "contact points" are serviced internally by another remote postal facility, not open to the public. All these points do not have a separate postal code (postal codes in France are assigned to central post offices for the final delivery to homes or to postal "contact points", and not necessarily to individual municipalities; specific "CEDEX" codes are also assigned to businesses with large volumes of incoming mails and needing special delivery independently of the actual location of the businesses using these special codes for mails sent to their internal business services). As a result, not all postal codes have their own "post office" amenity open to the public in their area of service (they only have one or more "contact points").

United Kingdom

In January 2018, a long-running FOI and RoPSIR request by User:Rjw62 finally yielded a list of Post Office branches, complete with addresses, postcodes and opening times, that is available to be used in OSM under the Open Government Licence v3. Tools to help compare and improve the corresponding OSM data area available from https://osm.mathmos.net/postoffice/.

United States

In the US. Copyrighted material at USPS White Pages ("Locate a Post Office"). Suggest using this only to provide website link for GNIS data which has been batch uploaded and provide information for association with a particular way; see, for instance, Fort Hamilton Station in Brooklyn, New York. Do not use to create new Post Office locations, nor to pull address data for inclusion in OSM. Copyright status: "Material on this site is the copyrighted property of the United States Postal Service® (Postal Service™)."

Lithuania

Postal codes www.post.lt

Moldova

Postal codes, Post offices and covered address [1]

India

All India Pincode directory has been released by the Indian Government in the Open Government Data Platform under National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) . This data contains Post office name with pincodes, officetype, postal division, region, district, etc.,.

Ukraine

Postal codes and offices: http://services.ukrposhta.com/postindex_new/