3.5.1. Rules for drawing addresses

When drawing addresses, the following rules should be followed:

Don't duplicate addresses linked to the same item.

For example, there should not be two addresses named “1” that are linked to Iunost Square in Zelenograd.

Address points should be placed inside the building polygons (footprints) they correspond to.

However, some address points are exempt from this rule, such as:
  • — Address points corresponding to buildings not shown on the map (e.g. because they lack a satellite photo)
  • — Address points corresponding to an area rather than a specific building inside the area
Also see point

An address point should be placed inside its building's footprint whenever possible.

Address points should not overlap with one another or other map points (such as organizations). Overlapping makes it difficult to display and edit map items. Also see Section 2.5.1. Places: drawing techniques.

If an address point overlaps with an item of the “Places” category, the address point should be placed in the center of the building's footprint, while the item should be moved from the center.

If an address is not assigned to the entire building, but rather to each of its individual entrances (such as in Kaliningrad), then all address points should be located on the line that runs parallel to the longest side of the building:

If one address is linked to several buildings in an industrial zone, then place the address point at the main (administrative) building.

If one address is linked to several buildings connected by a passageway, then place the address point at the building where the main entrance is located:

If one address is linked to a building with separate wings, then place the address point at the main building.

If an address point corresponds to a building with a complex shape, the point should be placed on the part of the building that runs along the road (picture on the left). If there is no such part (or the object's shape is too complex), place the address point closer to the building's center (right picture).
If two or more addresses correspond to the same building:

If a building has two or more addresses, and its footprint has a shape of a square or rectangle, place the address points next to each other in the footprint's center:

If a building has two or more associated addresses which correspond to different streets and its footprint is made up of rectangles (e.g. it's T-, U-, or L-shaped), then the address points should be placed on the footprint's edges in a such a manner that each point is “closer” to its associated street.

If a building is demolished and erased from the map (see p., the associated address point must also be removed.

If an area is vacant after its buildings have been demolished but still retains its address according to official sources, then its address point must be kept as is. However, if the area itself becomes inaccessible after the subsequent redevelopment, then the access point should still be removed. See also point

Don't mark addresses whose numbers are not known.

There should be no address points with the “no address attributes” attribute on the map.

You can put addresses that are assigned to an area (territory) on the map, even if there are no buildings there.

For example, this could apply to newly formed cottage settlements where no construction has yet taken place.

Addresses for garage co-operatives are only mapped if those addresses correspond to associated roads and administrative areas. Do not map addresses that are directly linked to garage co-operatives.

If an address doesn't have an official name but does have a local one, you can place an address point provided the address meets the following criteria:

  • the address isn't a copy of another official address linked to another building
  • the building linked to this address doesn't have an officially assigned address, or the officially assigned address is linked to another item (street, block, and so on), or the unofficial address belongs to a part of the building
  • the validity of the address can be confirmed by a sign located in the area, official documentation, or website of a company located at the address
  • the address is linked to an item that exists officially and can be put on the map
  • the address only includes numbers and letters of the language used in the area, as well as standard address information (sub-building, premises, etc.), which is added according to standard rules


    Standards for specifying address details may differ based on the country. If you want to learn more about writing address details in Russia and ex-USSR countries, see section

If both the local address and the official address are linked to the same item, then the local address must be set as a synonym for the existing official address.