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How are large, permanent structures that don't have walls or indoor heating labelled?


Seems to suggest something too permanent whereas


is only for nodes, not areas and


suggests something too impermanent.

I'm thinking of structures such as that in the foreground of this photo;

asked 14 Sep '12, 16:55

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In the simple tagging view you can tag it as "building" then in the "Details" tab there is a pulldown option for "Just a roof"

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answered 14 Sep '12, 18:55

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For the sake of reference, this is only in Potlach. This has the effect of tagging it as

(15 Sep '12, 14:05) Tenietz

Even if the wiki suggests otherwise you can use amenity=shelter on ways, too. According to taginfo this has already been done 5 726 times which is 15 % for all amenity=shelter objects.

Another way is to use building=shelter which already has been used 855 times. The building tag is completely fine for the structure shown in your picture in my opinion.

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answered 14 Sep '12, 17:23

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Wiki page fixed now.

(14 Sep '12, 17:44) Vincent de P... ♦

Thanks for your help - I will use


because not only is it attested 145 289 times in taginfo, but it is in Potlatch so I suppose it is semi-official.

(15 Sep '12, 14:07) Tenietz

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