Talk:Tag:amenity=public building

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"public building" or "public_building"

I think it's less practical to add an underscore. Must an underscore be used, or can I simply type "public building" as the value for the key "amenity"? Logictheo 19:04, 9 August 2008 (UTC) Sorry. This was for potlatch. Now that I've gotten used to the project in general I'm using another program: JOSM and it becomes successively very easy to add tags. Logictheo 09:34, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

mapnik doesn't include it as a building

Adding building=yes needed if it is a building. In mapnik so far I've not seen it as a building. When I removed building=yes , then it didn't show up as a building anymore, but it is, so I had to re-add it. Logictheo 11:39, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

What is this?

What is this key about really? I thought "public building" was a property of a building (say, the entrance hall of an airport, or a railway station is a public building: you have the right to enter it and -- certain exceptions aside -- can't be forced out of it). --Eimai 12:21, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Public building type

Would it make sense to indicate the type of the building? Some examples I encounter are community centers and health centers (Quebec CLSCs). That seems to be a good usage. I wonder if a new tag request is necessary for this. --Fsteggink 00:46, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

What's this?

Is it something like a police station, or every shop where everyone can go in? Or a hotel or ...?

A short description would be nice. Thanks. --westfa 11:27, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Isn't this covered by other tags? The only public buildings I can think of are: amenity=townhall, amenity=library, amenity=police, amenity=hospital, amenity=school, leisure=sports_center. It is than more practical to use a tag public=yes in addition to other functions in the rare cases where it is needed. IMO should also be used together with building=yes when possible. Maybe more fruitful to get building=public accepted..... --Skippern 19:03, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

public building as...


Can we use public builgding as buildings that belongs to certain public administrations (the administration buildings (for example, Social Security, Consejos), casas de barrio in Spain)? . Sorry I don't have a translation. Definitively, can we use public_building for public building which are not libraries, .... ?

Regards,--Xan 08:54, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

I'm thinking the same thing. There are no good tags for administration buildings like that, and it's something many are looking for. In example here someone just put in the names of some of the institutions as name= and that looks ugly and is not very searchable. /Grillo 18:21, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
Is office=* (+ building=office if appropriate) not suitable for these? Aceman444 (talk) 11:03, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Why abandonned? =

I don't really get why it has been declared abandonned - has there been more discussion about it than what's documented here? If yes, can anybody point me to that discussion? What I see here are mainly two individual uncertainties about how to understand the word "public" in this context, and there's a very simple answer to this: If there's a public body inside, funded by tax money, it is public_building. If not, it isn't. This can't have been the reason for abandonning this tag, can it?

I'm aware that there are better ways to tag public buildings, but for a new user looking for directions how to tag the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Tax office or the Citizen's office, this article is probably more confusing than helpful. And I don't want to get into editing it (even if it's only links to non-abandonned feature pages) before I know why exactly the tag has been abandonned.

Emilde 10:51, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

There is a preferred replacement! Page should be redirected to building=public! Warin61 (talk) 22:22, 9 January 2016 (UTC)