NOTICE: help.openstreetmap.org is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum

In apartment complexes and in new neighborhoods in parts of the US, residential mail delivery is to block mailboxes in a centralized location. For larger residential units, these are often inside a building (or at least covered); for smaller area, they are often a free-standing unit at the side of a road. There will often be an outgoing mail receptacle with block mailboxes, but it's not usually a free-standing post box, and is typically for low-volume use.

Amenity=post_box seems only for outgoing mail. Further, it seems too broad for the (limited) collection capability at most block mailboxes.

How should these be tagged?

asked 09 Oct '12, 17:54

Bellhalla's gravatar image

Bellhalla
11223
accept rate: 0%

It's used for incoming as well.

(11 Oct '12, 01:59) Baloo Uriza

Canada as an established tagging scheme for those. Until it, these use the normal amenity=post_box (because the Canadian ones, at least allow mail to be posted there, though smaller than at the traditional boxes), with the type=cmb identifying them. Here's one.

permanent link

answered 17 Oct '12, 00:14

Circeus's gravatar image

Circeus
58391426
accept rate: 7%

The question highlights a deficiency in the tagging of post boxes / letterboxes that should be "addressed" (pun not intended!).

There does not appear to be a tag for a mail box used for inbound mail. In Australia we refer to such things (outside houses and groups of apartments) as "letterboxes" - they are small privately-owned boxes for inbound mail - located on private land, usually just off the sidewalk. Here, the postal service never collects mail from letter boxes.

The wiki assumes an amenity=post_box is a larger box provided by the postal service (often placed on public land such as a sidewalk), where a community deposits outbound mail.

In the absence of tagging for a residential "letterbox" function (or more accurately, a combined postbox/letterbox in your case), I'd consider adding some custom tags to post_box like... amenity=post_box type=residential (or private) inbound=yes outbound=yes

You could also add the street address to the node... and there might be a way to add the range of unit / apartment / flat / lot numbers that are serviced by the group of letterboxes. The address tags for building entrance nodes cater for ranges of apartment (flat) numbers, so perhaps a similar adoption in this case is appropriate.

permanent link

answered 09 Oct '12, 19:07

wolftracker's gravatar image

wolftracker
47541015
accept rate: 33%

3

The wiki assumes an amenity=post_box is a larger box provided by the postal service (often placed on public land such as a sidewalk), where a community deposits outbound mail.

Let's keep it that way and find a completely different tag for inbound mailboxes.

(10 Oct '12, 19:32) cartinus

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here

By RSS:

Answers

Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:

×930
×5

question asked: 09 Oct '12, 17:54

question was seen: 5,124 times

last updated: 17 Oct '12, 00:14

NOTICE: help.openstreetmap.org is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum