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Research and scientific offices and institutes

I offer to tag such places as office=research.

Political parties are not NGOs!

We need a tag for the (local or federal) headquarters or offices of political parties. office=government doesn't fit because the party is not necessarily in power, and even if it is, we need to differentiate between government issues and party business. office=ngo (a tag often used in Germany in OSM) is ruled out by this Wikipedia definition: "The term is usually applied only to organizations that [...] are not overtly political organizations such as political parties" ([1]). amenity=public_building is discouraged (for good reasons). Therefore I think that we should introduce something like office=party or office=political_party. --Head 00:36, 31 August 2010 (BST)

I agree, what about office=campaign ? -- JohnSmith 03:43, 31 August 2010 (BST)
In many countries the offices of the political parties does nothing with campaigning, but generally membership issues, archives, and other internal issues, and in addition might be a seat for party board meetings. In both Norway and Brazil campaign offices are mobile, and only open during election campaigning (2-3 months before election day until day before election) --Skippern 04:28, 31 August 2010 (BST)

At the time of making the initial subsets of government, quango and ngo, I would have fitted a political party office into a non-government organisation. As it appears now that is not the way to go, I'd put office=political_party. office=party would not be specific enough.

I agree, office=political_party is good idea. Kempelen 20:36, 29 May 2011 (BST)


There are places specialized in providing wedding services: catering, decoration, photographer/videocameraman, illumination, gifts, flowers...

This is a proposal to add this value to the shop tag: office=wedding_planner.

It will cover bussiness that provides wedding organization services. It is not to cover places wich provides only wedding dresses, which will be best covered by shop=clothes with clothes=wedding or, as it is actually being discussed in the mailing list, shop=bride_dresses. --Envite 14:32, 28 September 2010 (BST)

Hi, Aren't the same companies arrange other kind of events, parties, company parties, concerts, weddings, etc? I don't know the correct English term, but directly translated from Hungarian it would say: program_organizer, or could be event_organizer? I can imagine there are a few who does weddings only, but most of them do all kind of events here. Kempelen 20:29, 29 May 2011 (BST)


Is it worth to add office=surveyor or should it belong to office=architect? -- AndiPersti 14:50, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Seems reasonable to me, they are 2 different jobs. -- JohnSmith 00:37, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
office=surveyor can be a governmental agency (official land survey), part of risk and damage evaluation for insurance purposes, or public opinion and statistics. I guess a private / government-detached company working within one of these three fields could defend using office=surveyor - I do a little freelance surveying when I have time (shipping/offshore related, often part of risk or damage evaluation for insurance and warenty) and much of these jobs are through companies working only within these fields (one of them have some 50 offices in close to 30 different countries). --Skippern 18:52, 12 September 2012 (BST)


There are many state, administrative, supervising institutions and inspections that are related to local authorities, not government. I offer to tag them with office=administrative.


What about vehicle registration center/offices? I would suggest "office=vehicle_registration"

  • I would tag it as office=administrative, because these are district institutions (at least in Germany). --Head 10:41, 8 August 2011 (BST)

church administration office

We need a value for church offices. I'm not thinking so much about offices in every parish, but office of a church body, diocesis etc. What about office=church?--Geogast 22:30, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

I think the word "church" limits it to Christian institutions. What about office=religion? Then you could combine it with religion=* and denomination=*. --Head 17:51, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes, you're right! It's better that way--Geogast 09:33, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

International organizations

Currently the wiki page does not tell how the offices of international organizations should be tagged. There exists office=government but international organizations are not part of the local government. Therefore, I think we should use a generic value for international organizations.

I propose to use office=international_organization. The tag is already in use (but not widely):

([ use of "international_organization" according to Taginfo)

What do you think? Should we include international_organization in the list of values? --ALE! (talk) 14:55, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

How to tag a labour union?

What tag would you propose to tag a labour union? I thought about office=labour_union, office=ngo or office=association. Which one do you prefer?--U715371 (talk) 15:45, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Secret Services

I will use the tagging office=secret_service to map an office of a secret service (for example the Verfassungsschutz).--U715371 (talk) 15:11, 3 September 2015 (UTC)


There are lots of offices that will sell you a custom built house.

They are definitely not office=estate_agent since estate agents just sell existing goods.

They are not architects, since they don't necessarily have the required diploma although they are capable of designing small simple houses, and the job of the architect is over when he has delivered the drawings whereas their main job begins when the drawings are available.

They just organize and supervise the activity of all craftsmen and corporations who build the house.


Needed to cover shared offices, often upper floors above shops, subdivided and rented out short term with maybe shared conference areas etc. Map shops with normal shop fronts as normal shops. Individual office occupants should not be individually listed unless they have external street-visible signage equivalent to a shop front. In fact this criteria should probably be applied to all kinds of office to avoid spamming the map with work-from-home businesses with no physical visibility. If we can't see them from the street, then they shouldn't be mapped.

--Harg (talk) 10:25, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

I understand serviced offices as a company that provides space and facilities (printing, meeting rooms, front desk, mail) out to smaller companies. Similar to coworking spaces, but the later being more trendy and the former more traditional. Aharvey (talk) 12:12, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
I agree this seems missing. I suppose this might ideally be mapped as many little office=* elements for each of the occupants, but that's a lot of detail, and I think some serviced offices will see rolling changes to the occupying companies happening too frequently to keep up with. An alternative might be to call it office=mixed I suppose, but no... I agree we want an option to only map the serviced office provider name.
I just used it for this place for example (Despite them giving it the trendy "coworking" label, it seems like they mostly have classic small company occupants)
-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:48, 9 June 2022 (UTC)


The tag office=therapist does not distinguish between different types and offers of therapists. Isn't it better to use ONLY the key healthcare=* instead office=therapist? It has more specific values al occupational_therapist, speech_therapist, physiotherapist, psychotherapist. What do you think? --Lukas458 15:25, 06 January 2019 (UTC)


Is office=security_office good for a police station that is instead filled with security guards, not police? Jidanni (talk) 15:17, 22 December 2019 (UTC)

There are no descriptions for both, but I'd always prefer the shorter one ; office=security (217 vs. 25 usage). And that it's an office has already been mentioned ? user:rtfm Rtfm (talk) 20:22, 22 December 2019 (UTC)
There's also amenity=security_booth which has about the same usage and is better IMO. As it fits with amenity=police and security places are more like an amenity then an office. But it's always up to the editor as far as which tag to use. My personal preference would really just be amenity=security, like there is already for police. As the fact that they are in an office sometimes doesn't really matter that much I don't think. --Adamant1 (talk) 08:57, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Values not listed in English, but list in Spanish

I have seen the following values are not listed in the table of possible combination of Office; however, they exist in Spanish, and the corresponding page also exist:

I haven't included because I do not know the reason of this difference.

--AngocA (talk) 18:46, 5 September 2021 (UTC)

@Angoca: Thanks for mentioning these omissions; I think it was just an oversight. I added them by editing Template:Map Features:office. – Minh Nguyễn 💬 20:59, 5 September 2021 (UTC)

Cemetery office

How to tag a cemetery office?

Seems rather important, because lots of people finally end up under its governance... Jidanni (talk) 02:10, 26 September 2022 (UTC)