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Hi all, I'm trying to improve the address tagging for this apartment complex.

Here are the facts on the ground:

  • The whole complex has one house number, 23411 Summerfield.
  • Within the complex there are around 50 buildings, each with its own building number, e.g., Building 12
  • Apartments' postal addresses are based on a building number and unit letter. So an example address would be 24311 Summerfield Apt. 42B.
  • Mail to the building management office is just addressed to 23411 Summerfield, with no unit number.
  • In most buildings, each unit has its own building entrance.
  • Many units have both a pedestrian entrance and a garage entrance. Some units have an assigned garage in a separate building.

Currently we have ways for the complex as a whole and for each building, and I expect we'll want to add entrance nodes for apartments with private entrances. Also there are currently address tags on the buildings but they were imported and I claim they're incorrect.

So my questions are:

  • What address tags, if any, should be populated on the landuse=resedential node linked above?
  • What address tags, if any, should be populated on the individual buildings? Note that with the exception of the management office, no building corresponds to a single postal delivery point.
  • What address tags, if any, should be populated on pedestrian apartment entrances?
  • What address tags, if any, should be populated on garage apartment entrances?

asked 15 Apr '22, 20:02

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edited 15 Apr '22, 20:11

The addr:* scheme of OSM is technically only directed at postal addresses, so applying this principle rigorously reduces the problem: neither the buildings themselves, nor the garages have postal addresses. So from an addressing perspective, I would ignore these two aspects right now (how to tag the house number on a separately located garage is an intricate question in itself). I see no reason why you cannot tag the buildings with a name tag, or alternatively a ref tag (depending on how they are marked on the ground).

For the standard apartment units I'd use addr:flats or addr:unit (usage differs between US & Europe where unit tends to be used for business premises) together with the street address, and map these to the doors (pedestrian entrances).

The management office can then have the standard street address.

You will notice that this does not solve the complete problem, but as I don't believe these have been solved for OSM as a whole, it's rather easier than trying to create a new scheme.

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answered 17 Apr '22, 13:57

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