Places are searchable destinations in the Waze map, just like the "Points of Interest" found in certain popular GPS devices. They can be added from the client, but also in the Waze Map Editor (WME). How to create a Place is described in the Quick Start Guide. For a description of the different types of places, see the Place categories page.
A Place can be a Point or an Area. Depending on size an situation Area Places can be visible in the client. A Point Place is never visible, but both types can be searched and navigated to. There is also a third kind of Place called Residential, which are private addresses.
The Waze routing server will navigate the Wazer onto the segment which is physically closest to the center of the Place. If this is undesirable, you can adjust the navigation goal by adding an entry point.
Point Places don't show on the Wazers device, but are listed in the search results. They can be used to help Wazers find locations, especially when they are not or wrongly listed in other search engines.
In WME, a Point Place appears as a small circle:
Modified point, pending for approval
The Point Place is to be positioned at or close to the segment that should be used in the navigation. Typically, this will be the (main) entrance. Try to imagine where you would stop to drop someone off for this location. If this location differs a lot from the geographical location, you can add an entry point.
Area Places appear in the Waze app. Too many of them can clutter the map, creating large gray zones that do not help Wazers orient themselves. Therefore, it is important to use Area Places only when they are distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers. See also the paragraph on how to determine Area or Point. Care should be taken not to snap to road segment nodes, because this makes it more difficult to edit the place and/or segments later on.
There are 3 form factors of Area Places:
- Individual buildings - larger businesses such as supermarkets, cinemas, and stadiums, should be mapped to the edge of the building lines only.
- Building clusters - locations that consist of multiple buildings such as hospitals, schools, retail parks, should be mapped to cover all of the buildings in a single area.
- Campus complexes - buildings that form a unified complex or campus with an overall identity such as universities, and zoos, should be mapped to encompass the entire property, usually the property lines.
- Generally, an Area Place should be drawn as simply as possible as Waze will substantially simplify the shape before displaying it in the App. You will be wasting your time mapping every little corner and change of direction. Consider mapping with a basic rectangle.
- Natural features such as forests, parks, and lakes are drawn to the visible contours.
- If the Area itself needs to be modified, click on the place to select it. Use the geometry nodes to adjust the shape. To move an area place without changing its shape, drag the Move Handle icon.
- The different types of Area Places show in different colors in the Waze app. The colors vary slightly, depending on your display. Generally, Natural features show green (e.g., Park) or blue (e.g., River).
- When the center of the Area Place is not closest to the desired navigation destination, define the navigation goal by adding an entry point. This point can be moved to where you should arrive, or where to park. Again, try to imagine where you would stop to drop someone off for this location.
Residential or Private Places
Residential Places are a special kind of Point Places shown as triangles in WME. When arriving, Waze proposes to take a picture of your destination. In this way, many private Places are uploaded. For these private Places, the category Residential is used. Private Places will not be searchable, and the identity of whoever created them will not be exposed. Private Places only contain photos and an exact address, without all the other properties of a Place. The pictures will only show to people driving explicitly to that address. Waze editors can use the pictures and exact locations to improve the house numbers database.
Public Places can be turned into private Places, but private Places cannot be turned into public Places. Use the link located under the buttons for Point or Area in the menu, to convert Places mistakenly labeled as public into private.
More on this topic see the Residential Place page.
By default, Waze navigates to the segment that is closest to the centre of the Place. For Point Places this is obvious, for Area Places it is rather guessing. You can change the destination for the navigation by adding an entry point.
Add the entry point from the menu left.
Adding it will show a blue dot with moving arrows at the center of the Place (picture left). Drag it to the location where Waze should bring you when navigating to this Place. Imagine where to park, or where you would stop to drop someone off for this location.
The set entry point will show like a small blue circle with an arrow inside pointing towards the destination, and a broken line that connects to the Place (picture on the right).
Multiple entry points can be added and named in beta, but the function is not yet stable. For now, better use a combination of Area and Point Places to define multiple entrances.
When to use Area or Point
POIs of +500m2 may be drawn as an area.
If there are different POI's in one building, then only that building is drawn as Area. The diferent POI's will beaddes as point.
Avoid Areas within Areas, as this may become confusing on the client's display. Then, better use a combination of Area and Point as described in next paragraph.
Point Places within an Area Place are allowed and mostly used for shops in a shopping mall, faculties within a University campus, etc..
They can also be used to enter several distinctive entrances to an Area Place (e.g., arrival and departure hall of an airport).
Avoid Areas within Areas, as this may become confusing on the client's display.
Any Place - Point or Area - should contain as much useful information as possible.
The General tab for a Place is where you complete all of the basic information: categorie(s), name, description (if adding to the navigation), residential/public, country, state, city, street and house number. Depending on the category more options may be available, like the gas brand for gas stations.
- Places need at least one category to be assigned, but may belong to several others. Always choose the main category first. For example, a Gas Station may also be “Convenience Store”, “Car Wash”, or “Charging Station”. For a more detailed explanation of categories, see the Place categories page.
- The address is especially useful to guide Wazers to the Place.
- The naming of a Place should be done in the formal language of the location where the place is situated. Add other relevant information, such as brand (service stations).
- For a better search of POI's through the app, please add the name of the category followed by the official name.
- Example for a bakery:
- “Bonpin” as the main name and “Bakery Bonpin” as an alternative name (even if the bakery category exists). This is all the more important for businesses that do not have a predefined category such as butchers. in this case, it is better to put as an alternative name: "butcher Sans Os" than only "Sans Os" in the main name. Note that when the name is not confusing (ING, Décathlon, Carrefour, etc.) there is no need to put a category in front of the name.
- In bi-lingual areas, use the alternate name.
- There are 3 icons to replace the following words in the name while keeping the pronounciation (TTS). You can copy them from below:
- ⛽️ Gas station
- ✈ Airport
- Ⓜ️ Metro
- Beware not to use the Description field for notes to other editors. This field is visible in the Waze app, and should only contain details pertinent to the Place itself.
Entry / exit points
- Add, if necessary, Entry / exit points so Waze is able to navigate you to the right side of the place.
- Waze allows you to connect the Place to the POI from external providers. One of the providers is Google Maps. When a Place is linked, drivers can select any destination from search results in the app, whether the result is from Waze or Google, it will always lead you to the navigation goal defined in Waze.
- If the external provider has more than one distinctive places defined for one Place, link to the most important one. Example: Underground station with several separate entrances, use the main entrance. For the others, you can add multiple Point Places if it adds to navigation. Of course, if there are multiple places in the external provider that refer to only one entry, link them all to only one Place.
Note: Linking external providers is available from Level 2and up
In the picture below you see an example of details for the "Stade Roi Baudouin / Koning Boudewijn Stadium".
More Info tab
You can provide the website address and phone number in the “More Info” tab. Here you can also add hours of operation and select optional services, like Wifi, Toilets, or Parking for customers (see also Restricted Parking Lot Place) . Information in this tab is shown in the search results. From there you can click the website address or telephone number and activate your browser or phone function. Therefore, they should be in a usable format:
- The website address is best written as www.address.extension, like www.octaplus.be. Leave out http:// or https://.
- Only one website can be added. If the website is multilingual and a choice has to be made, if possible default to English.
- Telephone numbers should best be written in international format: Generally, the number consists of the land code, followed by the area code (without 0), and than the subscribers number, all without dashes, slashes, brackets and the like. Formatting spaces are allowed but not necessary.
- +32 AA BB BB BB, or +32 A BBB BB BB for landlines,
- +32 4AA BB BB BB or +32 4AA BBB BBB for mobile numbers
- +352 local number (varies in amount of numbers and areas)
Any photos which drivers have added to a Place will appear in the "Photos" tab. Photos can only be uploaded via the Waze app, via a Place update request (PUR). In WME, we can moderate newly added photo's, and view and delete exisiting photos. Make a well thought-out decision about discarding a photo. Once a photo is deleted, it cannot be recovered. Delete only if the photo really is unclear, not helpful and/or inappropriate. For more guidelines on accepting or discarding photo's see the global Wiki page paragraph Place Updates (Moderation).
Please consider that places that are fundamental to the functioning of Waze, such as Parking Lots, are locked to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of submissions. Locking policies vary across the regions, see the page on Place categories.
- WME Place Interface Enhancements (WMEPIE) Script adding functionality Places,such as showing the size and possibility to resize area Places, buttons to zoom and center, quick categorization, auto set address, verify link with GM, etc.
- Place update request
- Flagged place
- Misplaced ad pins form is intended for reporting issues with advertised places that are wrongly placed on the map. Requests of L4 editors are automatically approved by Waze.