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Public-images-osm logo.svg building = public
Dominion Public Building.JPG
A building constructed as accessible to the general public (town hall, police station, court house). 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
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

The tag building=public is used for a building constructed as accessible to the general public, for example, to house an amenity=townhall, amenity=police, amenity=courthouse or some type of office=government.

Use amenity=*, leisure=* or office=* etc to specify the current use.

Please, use more specific value if possible. For example building=office for office building is strictly preferable.

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