Changes and additions to the Mapping Rules

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  • The rule for drawing the indoor map level polygons was clarified. Such a polygon can include the polygons of buildings adjacent to the main building of a shopping or transport object, if these buildings are visually perceived as part of this object, even if they are isolated from it.

    See Section 3.18.2.

  • The rules for placement of item placemarks in the “Place” category were clarified.

    See Section

  • We changed the rules for adding attributes to relief point objects. Now it's permitted to specify the height of such objects.


  • We clarified the descriptions for the business categories of Location and organization classification. ATX and communication facilities where customer service is not offered were moved to 6.2.10. Engineering infrastructure.

    See Sections 6.1. Services and utilities and 6.9. Mail, communication services.

  • It was clarified that it's allowed to draw items of such categories as “Religion” and “Courtyard and park infrastructure” on the restricted areas.

    See Section

  • Updated that surveillance cameras on pedestrian crossings should be classified as Intersection traffic control.

    See Section Speed camera: add.

  • Updated that the names of administrative units are indicated in accordance with the State Catalogue of Geographical Names.

    See Section Name.

  • Updated that the brackets in the names of administrative units are used in accordance with the State Catalogue of Geographical Names (or similar documents in other countries).

    See Section

  • “Expressways” are excluded from the definition of motorways (class 1 roads).

    See Section


Specified in which cases the effect of prohibitive signs does not apply to cyclists.

See Section

  • Updated the criteria for short sections of road in localities.

    See Section

  • Updated the rules for setting speed limits in cases when different restrictions apply to different lanes.

    See Section

  • Updated the algorithm for managing map inaccuracies: clarified cases for when comments included in an inaccuracy card are marked with an exclamation mark icon.

    See Section 2.11.2. Fixing possible problems.

  • Section 1.13.7. Picnic area now includes new items in its Location and organization classification: furnished rest areas equipped that are located along highways and indicated with 7.11 Rest area road signs.

    See Location and organization classification

  • Changed the list of types for former or closed organizations that should be displayed on the map if they are local landmarks.


  • The list of abbreviations to be used in addresses (for Russia and other former Soviet countries) now includes “PO” (post office). This should only be used if omitting “PO” creates a duplicate address.


  • Added a rule for road sections that are named based on diagrams and internal documents of parks, nature reserves, and similar items: their sections only include pedestrian sections of road.



Updated rules for naming monuments (for Russia and other former Soviet countries).

See Section Rules for defining names of sites.


Updated a rule for drawing boom gates on roads: don't draw them on road sections only accessible by public transport (or only accessible by public transport as well as pedestrians or cyclists).

See Section 3.3.4. Road signs.

  • Updated rules for drawing indoor maps of the following locations:
    • Escalators, elevators, store counters, and rooms under stairwells.
    • Vending machines and currently uncategorized locations.
    • Airport boarding gates.

    See Section 3.18.6. Places (organizations as items).

  • Updated the rules for adding attributes to administrative divisions in Turkey: they shouldn't be assigned the “City” status.

    See section 4.4.2.

  • You can no longer draw “Location” items (such as electoral districts) on the map if they are permanently located in one place but do not operate on a regular basis.


  • Updated the rules for drawing entrances to gas stations.

    See section

  • Updated the rules for drawing organizations located within closed territories of organizations (Places).


  • Changed the rules for setting the “Residential area” attribute and access restrictions for public roads restricted by a sign in one lane.

    See Sections Residential area and 3.3.4. Road signs.

  • Changed the rules for specifying “official” names for items that have their own name, number (if applicable), and item type. Applies to all items of the following types: Food, Auto, Trade, Finance, Yard and park infrastructure, Sports, as well as Drugstore and Optician subtypes.

    See Name formatting.

  • Added a description to the Accessible by wheelchair attribute, which can be set for certain types of organizations.

    See Section The Yandex Business Directory block.

  • You can now name items related to polygon hydrography if their names have been brought up in media or on official websites (applies to Russia and other former Soviet countries).


  • Updated the rules for linking winter roads and ice crossings to administrative divisions.

    See section

  • Updated the rule for setting the “Structure type” attribute for sections of road passing through underground parking lots (don't set the “Tunnel” value).

    See section

  • Added a rule for setting speed limits indicated by temporary signs that have been installed for more than half a year.

    See section

  • Updated the standards for including causeways as parts of larger roads.


  • Added an exception to the rule that mandates wide pedestrian streets to be connected to road networks.

    See Section Class.

  • Updated the rule for drawing well-equipped land transport stops: place the icon in the center of the passenger shelter. If there isn't one, place the icon in the equipped waiting area instead. If there is no equipped platform, place the icon in the center of the road widening meant for public transport parking.

    See Equipped stops.

  • Added a rule for deleting items in the Location category placed in buildings with indoor maps.

    See section

  • Updated the rule for writing the word “kilometer” in the official names of administrative divisions.


  • Added a rule for naming indoor map levels: their names can be a number without letters or a combination of numbers and letters.

    See Section 3.18.2. Indoor map levels.

  • Added permission to complement the names of newly formed administrative divisions with the names of abolished regions and districts assimilated by the new divisions. The complementary names should receive the “Also known as, historical” type until 15 years after the new administrative division has been established.

    To learn more, see section Also known as, historical

  • Added rules for drawing new types of speed cameras.

    See Speed camera: add.

  • You can now draw pedestrian roads that go through interiors of security checkpoints that lead to restricted areas.

    See section

  • Added a rule for adding attributes to constructed roads that are not going to be put into service: such roads should receive the Class 7 status and be set as unaccessible to all types of transport.

    See sections and

  • Added a feature that allows users to create maintenance sections that ensure all water transport lines are in operational condition.


  • Updated the rules for drawing rooms within their indoor map level.

    See Section 3.18.3. Rooms.

  • Buildings with indoor maps cannot be edited.

    See Section 3.4. Buildings.

  • Updated the rule about drawing traffic conditions near “No traffic” signs that close off areas with only one entrance.

    See Sections and 3.3.4. Road signs.

  • Updated the rules for setting values for the “Residential area” attribute.

    See Section Residential area.

  • Updated the rules for naming items (Places) that belong to the following categories: Healthcare, Education and research, Finance, Trade, Government, Religion, Food, Auto, Sport, Culture and recreation, Businesses and services.


  • Updated the rules for naming items (Places) of the “Yard and Park infrastructure” type).

    See section

  • Updated the rules for naming items that have a proper name and/or number.

    See sections and Name formatting.

  • Updated the rules for naming independent organizations subordinate to parent organizations.

    See section Name formatting.

  • Added rules for drawing Indoor maps and adding attributes to them.

    See Section 3.18. Indoor maps.

  • Updated the rules for naming places whose categories are linked to Yandex Business Directory.

    Now you don't have to specify an item's caption name if it's the same as the official name.

  • Temporarily disabled feature for editing road accessibility for cargo trucks and adding turns exclusively for trucks.

    See Sections Available for and 3.3.4. Road signs.

  • Expanded the list of cases when you can draw roads that lead to multi-level and underground parking spaces.


  • Updated the Location and organization classification:
    • Added categories for infrastructure-related items: 12.2.37. Industrial infrastructure, 12.11.14. Agricultural infrastructure, 6.2.10. Engineering infrastructure, 9.1.20. Transport infrastructure. The descriptions of these items' former categories have been updated accordingly.

    • The “Perinatal care” category was moved from category 2.3. Medical facility to category 2.1. Hospital, clinic.
    • Removed categories “Election commissions and polling stations” and “Hotel booking”.
  • The Status attribute used for buildings received a new possible value: Planned (such buildings have not yet been constructed, but the official construction plan for a residential complex or cottage settlement lists their specifications). Currently this value is being tested and isn't accessible through edit mode.

    See section

  • Streets considered pedestrian (like the Tallinn downtown) must now receive attributes that make them accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists.

    See section Roads of minimal significance (class 7).

  • Updated the rules for displaying staff entrances: “illegal turns” should be placed at the same points as “Restricted entries” (instead of being placed at nearest intersections).


  • Updated the rules for translating “Places”: you need to fully translate an item's name if doesn't have a proper name and uses its item type as a stand-in.


  • Changed attribution rules for horticultural co-operatives and similar settlements: their attribute value should now be set to No official status.

    See Section Does not have an official status.

  • Updated the rule for drawing piers on stilts: they are drawn as items of bridge type.

    See Section 3.8.1. Road structures. Rules for drawing and adding attributes..

  • Updated the rule for adding attributes to one-way dead-end entrances and exits: two-way traffic must be allowed.


  • Added a condition for connecting a road graph to isolated settlements: an ice crossing or a winter road.

  • Expanded the list of item categories shared with Yandex Business Directory that abide by the new rules: Finance, Trade, Food, Auto, Business, or Services categories and Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optics, and Adult Education subcategories.

  • Updated rules for naming items in the “Location” category:
    • removed the requirement to specify the “also known as” name for cases when the item's “official” name matches its “for caption on map” name
    • names of organizations that used to be abbreviations but became acronyms no longer have to be entered in lowercase letters
    • added a rule that allows writing an organization's name in lower case if an organization is branded as such

    For more information, see Name.

  • Changed the rules for specifying transportation accessibility for roads in settlements that are completely disconnected from the main road network.

    See Sections Available for and

  • Expanded the list of types for fictional stations (stations that ensure the validity of technical documentation) that are users are prohibited from drawing on the YME.

    See section

  • Clarified the cases when an item type must be specified in an official name: organizations (places) of the Finance, Trade, and Food categories.
  • Added a rule for writing compound road names (such as Central Street Large Driveway).


  • Expanded the list of cases when you can draw parking lots in non-urban localities (included parking lanes).

    See point

  • Updated the rules for transcription of street names: do not use transcription for single-letter street notation.

    See section (item 5 in the list).

  • Clarified rules for airport names in Russia.

    See section

  • Clarified the rule for naming items located in post-Soviet states: their item type must always be used in official names.

    See also section

  • The “Design feature” attribute got a new value for road sections: “Access road”.


  • The updated rule for indicating whether roads and sidewalks are accessible for bicyclists in Russia also apply to Kazakhstan.


  • Soft sign transcription rule update: it is omitted when a word is transliterated.

    See Section Rules for transcribing Russian letters.

  • Added a list of standardized names to use with “Food” organizations (places) that have no proper names of their own (depends on the category).
  • Rule update: if the “No traffic” sign is placed on class-8 roads, it is not marked with a Restricted entry road sign.

    See Section 3.3.4. Road signs.

  • Updated the format of writing names for numbered kilometers of routes that are parent items for addresses.


  • For roads that are accessible to pedestrians, you can now draw a passage that connects isolated parts of such road to the larger road network.


  • Removed the clarification about the official languages used in Transdniestria.


  • Added a description of attributing organizations (places) in the “Food” category.
  • Clarified the rule for captioning Food organizations (places) on map: the captions must consist both of their proper names and item type if they are tied grammatically.
  • Added a description of the new road section attribute “Oncoming lane for taxi”.

    See Oncoming lane for taxi.

  • Updated the description of the “Accessible to” road section attribute (added a new type of transport: taxi).

    See Available for.

  • Added a rule for adding the “Taxi” value in the parameters of road section accessibility.


  • Updated the rule for setting the accessibility of a road section to cyclists: it is disabled at T-junctions of class-8 road sections if they are located between the sidewalk and roads that are not accessible to cyclists.

    See Section

  • Changed the rule for drawing u-turn sites for public transport.


  • Updated the rule for drawing parking spots. See point
  • New rule added: crossroads and small at-grade junctions with proper names can now be drawn as level-6 administrative divisions (Named territories). You can either use a placemark with no polygon or draw a polygon around the placemark.

    See,, Name of road).

  • Rule update: the section concerning on-land transportation now has new rules for naming stops that use numbers instead of proper names.

    See section

  • Rule updated: parking lots located along class-8 roads must now be drawn as parallel parking if they are part of an urban paid parking network and don't have their own separate territory.

    See sections and

  • Updated the rules for naming land transport stops.


  • Rule update: Do not add or edit Level attributes to high-speed transport lines.

    See section

  • Translation/transliteration rule update: abbreviation rules of the target language must be taken into account when translating numbers in proper names. If an item name combines a numeral with a letter, do not translate (transliterate) the letter.


  • Updated the rule for drawing land transport stops with new information.

    See section

  • Updated the rules for cases of including a road section into areas of several streets simultaniously.

    See section

  • Rule update: Do not attribute numbers to individual entrances in residential buildings if each entrance has its own address.

    See section

  • Changed rules concerning road sections near checkpoints and toll booths: now you do not need to draw extra road lines to match traffic lanes.

    See points

  • Updated rules for drawing road sections by using two lines: elaborated on cases where tram rails are separated from the car sections by solid traffic lane markings.

    See section

  • Rule update: changed attribution rules for road sections with the Ford “structure type” (see section this road section's class must be the same as all the adjacent road sections. Disable the paved attribute and enable the disrepair attribute.

  • Rule update: do not set the “Residential area” restriction on intrablock roads.

    See section 3.3.4.

  • Rule update for “Place” items: including the item type name in the item's official name is now mandatory for some item types. For all the other types this is also recommended, but not mandatory.


  • Rule update: setting time limits for traffic conditions is now only permitted for “Restricted maneuvers” on motorized vehicle roads, and only under specific circumstances.

    See Road conditions: information update, section 8.

  • Rule update: the “Restricted entry” traffic condition can now be used for displaying the “Residential area” signs.

    See section 3.3.4. Traffic conditions.

  • Rule update: if a road has differing speed limits for different lanes, set the lowest one. If the speed limit changes based on modes of transport, set the one for passenger cars.

    See Section

  • Updated rules for setting addresses in Siberia with new information.

    See section 4.5.8.

  • Rule update: class-9 and class-10 roads are locked out for cycling in cases where the route is impossible or very difficult to travel through on a bicycle.

    See Section

  • Rule update: islands (in oceans, seas, bays, and straits) wholly located inside the polygon of a hydrographic item no longer need to be highlighted by that item's internal polygons.

    See Section When to use internal polygons.

  • Clarified that the “Poor state” can only be set for roads in classes 1-9.

    See Section Poor state.

  • Added the rule for setting addresses in some garage and boat systems (cooperatives) ─ in the format number of cooperative-room garage.

    Also see point

  • Simplification of the procedure for drawing buildings is allowed: for houses in the private sector, as well as for single-story apartment buildings, it is allowed to replace drawing the outline of the building with copying the contour of another building.

    See section

  • Updated the rule according to which jumpers that are extensions of the adjacent road of class 8 or 9 have a class that goes up to class 7. This rule applies to exits.

    See section Class

  • The list of objects that are forbidden to draw has been supplemented with service roads (or special purpose roads) that are located in the closed (service) territory of the airport.


  • Clarified the rule for setting names of routes with a number that does not have its own name.


  • Added rule drawing and attribution of peninsulas, with the name “Island...”: they are drawn and attributed as Islands.

  • Added a rule for the drawing of hydrographic objects in their path should not be exposed to the contours of the peninsulas.


  • Clarified the rule for drawing and attributing organizations that have multiple sites and names that differ only in the types of services provided (and are located in the same room).


  • Clarified the rule for naming organizations: the legal form of the organization in the official name is always written as an abbreviation.


  • The rule for naming organizations that have subsidiaries located in the same or different territories has been clarified.

    For more information, see point

  • Clarified that access to public transport (OT) on the road grades 1-7 may be waived in exceptional situations when it is necessary to ensure the operation of the strings of the public transport routes.


  • Added a ban on drawing objects within territories where satellite images are displayed blurry.


  • Clarified the rules for setting addresses in Turkey.

    See Section 4.4.3. Buildings and address points.

  • Sections of roads added a new sign: “Poor state”.

    See Section Poor state.

  • Updated rules for marking accessibility for bicyclists on high-class roads in cities where there are no sidewalks. Now if a road has a curb that bicyclists can ride on, you can mark that road as accessible to bicyclists.


  • Now the “Swamp” and “Outdoor pool” types of hydrographic items can be assigned to items of those types even if their names don't include those distinctions. See

  • Clarified that official pet cemeteries can be added to the map. See

  • Added rules for garage co-op addresses (only map these addresses in cases where they are linked to existing roads in a locality or administrative divisions. Don't map addresses linked directly to garage co-ops.)


  • Updated rules for naming naturally occurring map items in France. See

  • Updated rules for naming ground transport stops. See

  • Updated rules for drawing Location items of the Culture and recreation → Attractions and Monuments, sculptures types. See

  • Added rule that creates a new “Location” item when an organization moves to a new address and leaves a request at the old address to delete the item. See

  • Changed rule for naming motorways in Poland: capitalize road names. See

  • In section 3.9.2. Rules for adding attributes to vegetation items, a description for Urban vegetation was added and the description for Woodland was updated.

  • Point was extended to indicate that turns (or exit ramps) at intersections separated from the main road by a solid line should be drawn using separate lines (i.e. road sections).

  • Point was extended to indicate that streets in a locality that share the same name should be linked to the districts or city blocks where they are located according to official sources. This is an exception to the “Link streets to localities” rule. If you can't find information about a street's location in official sources, then link the street to the district or block that it is generally considered to belong to.
  • Clause Numberless highways that have been assigned their own name have been supplemented with a note that winter roads and ice crossing should also be classified with this type of roads.

  • Point was extended to indicate that road sections should also be drawn with two lines in cases where oncoming-traffic lanes are delineated by a solid line.

  • Rules for word order in certain geographic names have been updated: certain geographic types are written after posessive adjectives. Vankina Guba, Rybachy Peninsula. See section
  • Added rules for naming localities whose names consist of proper names and indications of the organizations that they belong to. See section
  • The Header attribute for organizations has become mandatory (see Cl. Heading).

  • The filling station area type has been changed to the “Retail” type (see Cl. Type).

  • The rules for when you can switch between one and two lines for road drawings have been updated (see point

  • The rules for entering names of the “Also known as” type have been updated for some unnumbered highways with proper names (see point

  • Adjusted the naming rules for road structures (bridges, tunnels, etc.) and the road sections that they are located on: if they are both named, then you should enter both names at the same time (as both road section items and road structure items). See and
  • You can draw free-standing garages on the map if they form a cluster of such garages. See section 1.2.2.
  • Adjusted the rule for changing the type of organizations after they close. For some types of organizations, the type doesn't change; for others, the type changes to “attractions”. See
  • Adjusted the rule for formating caption names for localities of the “farmstead” type: write out the full (unabbreviated) name. See section
  • Adjusted rules governing when parking can be labeled as free: if signs indicate that parking is free more than 40% of the time between 08:00-20:00 during a given month, and parking is forbidden the rest of the time, then you should indicate that parking is free during that time period and forbidden during the rest of the time. See point

  • Adjusted rules regarding what administrative divisions should be assigned to level-5 (city districts). See City district (Level 5).

  • The rule governing the assignment of the attribute has been clarified It is a center: the Region district center is specified for administrative centers, municipal districts, and city neighborhoods (see Center).

  • Changed rules for drawing parallel parking in cities: point now applies to all cities.


Document structure and categories changed:

  • Mapping rules are now divided between global (those that apply to maps of any country) and local (those that only apply to certain countries).

  • Changed the numbering of document sections: it is made end-to-end for the entire document, including sections of groups “1. What is Yandex Map Editor” and “2. Working with a map ”.