|building = house|
|A single dwelling unit usually inhabited by one family.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
This building tag is used for structures built for inhabitation by a single household, such as a single family or small group of people sharing a kitchen and living space, but some may have a different current use or be empty. This tag is useful when it's difficult to determine a more specific building type. In most cases, alternatives are preferred.
Houses lined in a row, commonly referred to as terraced houses, rowhouses, or townhouses, are one of the few common uses of this tag and should include both the building=house and house=terraced tags.
- The tag building=detached is more common for houses that are free-standing (not sharing any walls with other house)
- The tag building=semidetached_house is more common for houses sharing one wall with a neighboring household.
- For other residential accommodations, see building=residential and building=apartments.
- A row of terraced houses (i.e. houses which share two walls with adjacent houses) can initially be tagged as building=terrace, but it's preferable to then split them into individual houses. Make sure neighbouring houses share at least two nodes.