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Public-images-osm logo.svg building = service
Service building.png
Service building usually is a small unmanned building with certain machinery (like pumps or transformers). Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Area building=yes.png
Group: buildings
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)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

The tag building=service represents a building specially designed to contain constantly working machinery like pumps, transformers or measuring equipment. Usually such buildings are not meant for people to be inside while the machinery is functioning normally.

How to map

Map the building and add the tag building=service and usual additional attributes.
If known, you can add appropriate value for utility=* to state in which activity the building is involved.

Other optional tags for such buildings:

  • operator=* (the name of the company that operates the building, not who owns it)
  • ref=*, name=* (any reference number or name the power company may use to refer to this substation)

It's not unusual to hide those buildings under paintings or artwork, see tourism=artwork.


Photo Location Tagging Note
Service building.png Unknown


A dedicated building hosting a power substation and then involved in power utility.
Pipeline Facility 1.jpg Austria


Service building in a wider pipeline substation, involved in gas transmission through pipelines.
Diedrichshagen alter-Hochbehälter April-2009 SL272183.JPG Germany


Water valve room in front of a covered reservoir deserves to be involved in water utility.

The valve room should be different building than the actual reservoir behind it (see man_made=reservoir_covered).

Telecom fibre service building.jpg France


A dedicated building hosting telecommunication exchange is involved in telecom utility.

Possible tagging mistakes

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

See also