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Revision as of 20:05, 20 November 2014


This new page is currently undergoing modifications. The information presented should be considered a draft, not yet ready for use. Content is being prepared by one or more users. Do not make any changes before you post a message in this forum.

This forms part of UK Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines. Please read in conjunction with the generic page on Places, which has more specific information about how to use the editor and moderate Update Requests.

Only actual "Landmarks" should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their bearings.

Generally, area places should be drawn as simply as possible. Most structures can be represented by a basic rectangle. Do not attempt to accurately match the shape of a building or parking lot, as much of the detail will be lost on the client.

General Guidelines

Area Places

Global Guidelines say: If buildings form a unified complex or campus with an overall identity, the boundaries of the Area Place should encompass the entire property (i.e., "mapped to the fence line").

Area Places whose property lines are substantially identical with a single destination structure may be drawn, if desired, to approximate the structure's outline or footprint.

UK Guidelines

  • If there is a cluster of related buildings, then surround them with a single shape.
For example, schools and hospitals
  • If a place relates to a single building, then only map the building
  • Draw outline with as few points as possible - client will only show simple shapes
  • Buildings below 1600m² (40m x 40m) should be mapped as a Point instead
  • Position the navigation point on the nearest Parking Lot Road, near to the entrance if possible

Point Places

  • Individual businesses should be points, unless they occupy the entire building
  • Points should be positioned over the entrance for that place
  • Ensure that it is close enough to the appropriate street or PLR for correct navigation


  • Natural features (parks, forests, should be locked at 3
  • Proper car parks and gas stations should be locked at 3
  • Any places which have been edited with correct name, category and address, lock at 2.
This forces any updates from low rank users to appear as requests

Special Landmarks

Car Parks

As per the Global Guidelines, there are three principles that govern whether a given car park should be mapped as an Area Place:

General Public Use

All Car Park Area Places must be legally and locally condoned for at least short-term use by the general public.

General Purpose Use

Drivers who leave cars in a Car Park Area Place should be entitled to walk or take other transportation to any destination of choice, and this should be a common occurrence.

Distinctive and Significant

Overuse of Area Places quickly leads to map clutter. A Car Park Area Place must mark a parking facility that would be distinctive and significant to passing drivers, including those not seeking parking.

Parking that does not satisfy all three principles shall NOT be marked as a Car Park.

UK Guidelines

  • Do Not Map Car Parks, unless they are public access car parks
i.e. car parks which are not tied to a specific business or purpose
  • Name them with their full name, e.g. Queen Street Car Park. Do NOT use [P] prefix
  • If a private car park, start with company name, e.g. NCP Tanner Row Car Park
  • Car parks should be mapped to edge of drivable tarmac
  • Do Not Add "Car Park" as a secondary category; instead, tick the ‘Customer Parking’ option under Services
  • Special car parking areas, for example airports or malls, can be mapped with Points, E.g. car park A/B/C, short stay, long stay, drop off, pickup

Parking Roads

  • Draw in the minimum required Parking Roads to allow navigation in and out of the car park
  • Do NOT draw every single row within the car park - these will be deleted!
  • Parking roads should NOT be named, as it looks better to have a label on the landmark
  • Parking roads should NOT be marked as a "Toll Road"
  • Park and Ride places should also include Bus Station category

Lay-bys should not be marked with a landmark, but should instead be mapped in accordance with the How to classify and name roads Wiki Page.

Shopping Centres / Malls

  • Draw the outline of the building, and name it according to the name of the centre or mall
  • Add Point places for each business within the place
  • Enter the name of the building in the address for the point places within it. This means put the name of shopping centre as the street name in the address
  • If there is a Pharmacy or Optician within the store, add it as a category (not point)


  • large mall
  • large shopping centre

Exception: High Streets

A typical in-town shopping district will be wall-to-wall buildings, with very many different businesses. It would look odd to map only a few of the buildings, or to map all of them. They often also have limited or no access/parking available.
Only use Points for these businesses


  • Supermarkets should be a single area place, covering the main building
  • Do not include the car park or petrol station
  • Supermarket car parks should be mapped with minimum of PLRs (as per usual)
  • Navigation point should be moved to as close to the car park entrance as possible


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Petrol Stations

Petrol Stations should be mapped according to the following guidelines:

  • A Landmark of "Gas Station" type should be placed over the entire forecourt, so it's visible on the map and prevents any Wazers from creating a false Map Problem.
  • Routes in and out should be mapped with roads of "Parking Lot Road" type, they should not be named (city name is optional) and they should have appropriate directions and turn restrictions.
  • The landmark should be named appropriately (not just Petrol Station or Shell etc).
  • The brand should be selected correctly.
  • Include full street name in address, with road direction where applicable
  • The phone number should be added if known.
  • Also add other applicable categories, e.g. shop, atm, car wash

The example below shows a properly mapped Petrol Station and can be found here:

UK Petrol Station Example 1.jpg

Private / Residential

  • Residential Places with addresses will also create House Numbers on that street
  • When reviewing a Place Update for a Residential (Private) Place:
    1. verify that the house number is correct using Street View
    2. accept the Update
    3. adjust the location if necessary (don’t forget to adjust House Numbers too!)
    4. review the attached photo, and delete it if it does not clearly show the residence


  • When editing places, ensure you have selected the EN GB language in the editor
  • Do not use category groups for the category of a place!
E.g. Car Services, Professional and Public, Shopping and Services, etc
  • Many Hotels are incorrectly categorised as Hostels


  • Community Centre → use Conventions / Event Centre
  • Village Hall → use Conventions / Event Centre
  • Garden Centre / Nursery → use Flowers / Gardening
  • Dentist → Hospital / Medical Centre
  • Newsagents → use Shop


Pet store and Veterinary Services (these are quite different and shouldn't be together)

Note: After the UK Conference Orit confirmed that Waze had no plans to add extra categories or change any of the existing ones ‘at this time’. (Email to dave on 7/Sep/2014)


  1. decide what to do about Junctions (copy in, make own page, or scrap)
  2. copy in section on Service_Areas, or move to own page
  3. move Railways to Roads page
  4. re-arrange all pages to United_Kingdom/Roads, United_Kingdom/Cities, etc