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An office building Edit or translate this description.
Group: Buildings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: de facto


This tag is a popular way to tag office blocks. It is preferable over building=commercial as commercial buildings include not only offices but also broad range of other building types - ranging from self-storage warehouses through cinemas to hotels and buildings intended as restaurants.

Office block typically houses companies, but offices may be also rented by any other kind of organization like charities, government, any NGO etc.

Note that additional tags may be useful in some situations - for example amenity=townhall, or amenity=courthouse).

Use building=retail if the building consists primarily of shops.

building=office is frequently inside landuse=commercial.

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