[Tagging] landuse for government offices ?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 19:26:49 UTC 2018

What appears to be practice here, although I have only a few mapped
examples, is to have office=government appear on the (multi)polygon
representing the grounds, and not just on the building. I concede that
if you have a single large campus with offices of many agencies, the
subtags don't work, so I'm not opposed to a new tag for the landuse.
I'm simply concerned whether the handful of local examples that I
managed to turn up were mistagged.

The landuse also is perhaps better in that it's a more appropriate tag
for 'government' facilities such as a highway maintenance garage. In
some of the villages around here, the highway maintenance, police,
fire brigade, and village government are all in the same building.
I've paid a traffic ticket in front of a justice of the peace who was
seated at a judge's bench in the corner of a firehouse, with the
engines backed out into the car park while court was in session. Got
to love a village of four hundred souls in the middle of nowhere.
On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 1:35 PM OSMDoudou
<19b350d2-b1b3-4edb-ad96-288ea1238eee at gmx.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> The "landuse=commercial" page [1] says "area may consists of offices,
> administration", whereas the "landuse" page [2] says "Government services
> and businesses should not use this tag".
> How to tag a piece of land where governmental several office buildings are
> situated ?
> For example, a set of Service Public Fédéral (SPF) buildings, which are
> government offices. [3]
> [1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse=commercial
> [2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:landuse
> [3] https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/50.44476/3.95168
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