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Place categories

The Place categories used in Waze are not always directly applicable to the BeLux, for they are global categories. At this time, it is not possible to adapt these categories to local customs. Waze has several major categories, which includes quite a number of subcategories.

If you choose a main category within WME, you automatically get to see the sub-categories to choose from. It is also possible to directly type in a category. If you cannot find an applicable sub-category, just use the main category. Categories that require special handling are described briefly in this section. A complete list can be found in the table below. It also lists the keywords that can be used in the app to search for the category.

This overview shows the categories used for the Waze Places. It shows examples, lock levels and search strings (scroll to the right of the table). Area Places should have a minimum area size of 500 m2 (e.g., 50m x 10m or 25m x 20m) to be visible in the client's display.

Parking Lot

Sub-category Locking Name Remarks
Parking Lot 2 Name

Car Services

Gas Stations 3 (or more depending on the route where the station is located) {picto} {Brand} {Name} Example (not real): Main name: ⛽️ Shell VanPé (this name can be found on the brand's website) as an alternative ⛽️ Shell Nandrain (locality name if different from the official name).
Garage / Automotive Shop {Brand} {Name} Technical inspection, Tire center, Independent garage, Body Shop. Official brand, choose dealer
Car Wash {Name}
Charging Station 3 {Provider} {MaxPower} ({Amount} Essent 20kW (2)


Airport 3 {picto} {Name} ✈ {Location}
Bridge Use only to represent a named road bridge with local or navigational significance.
Bus Station {Location} {Name} Liège - Terminus STIB
Carpool Spot
Ferry Pier
Junction / Interchange Junction {Name} Place du Tilleul
Seaport / Marina / Harbor
Rest Area
Subway Station {picto} {Station Name} Ⓜ️ Aumale
Taxi Station
Train Station Station + station name Station Antwerpen-Centraal (NMBS)
Tunnel {Tunnel Name}

Professional and public

For public buildings or services such as fire departments, town halls and the like, we set the location of the name after the name, e.g., Stadhuis Antwerpen. For Organisations that have several locations, specify the location after a hyphen, after the general name of the organisation, e.g., UZ leuven - campus Gasthuisberg.

City Hall {Municipality} local name use
College / University
Conventions / Event Center
Doctor / Clinic Use this category for non-urgent medical care. See for urgent medical care Hospital / Medical Care
Embassy / Consulate
Emergency shelter
Factory / industrial
Fire department {City} {department}
Government Only large ones are Area
Hospital / Urgent Care Hospitals, First Aid Posts and other places that offer emergency aid. Use Doctor / Clinic for non-urgent medical care.
Information point
Library {City} {location}
Organization or Association
Police Station {City} {department}
Prison / Correctional Facility
Post Office
Religious Center Churches are often well recognisable and can be drawn as Area
Trash & Recycling Facility

Shopping and services

Arts and Crafts
ATM Geldautomaat {Brand} Geldautomaat SNS Bank, Geldautomaat ING Bank, Geldautomaat ABN Amro
Bank / Financial {Brand}
Car Dealership {Brand} {Name} In case there is a gas station, use Gas Station as the primary category
Car rental Rental-car facilities and returns, including at airports, should be marked as a Point with the “Rental Car” Place category. If the return location is a normal Parking Lot, then mark it with the Parking Lot category and the building with the Car Rental category
Convenience Store AH to Go, Kiosk
Currency Exchange
Department Store De Bijenkorf
Fashion and Clothing
Furniture / Home Store
Gym / Fitness
Hardware Store Gamma, Karwei
Laundry / Dry Cleaning
Market {City} {Location}
Music Store
Personal Care
Pet Store / Veterinarian
Shopping Center
Sporting Goods
Supermarket / Grocery {Brand} {Location} Albert Heijn, Arkendonk, Lidl, Aldi
Swimming Pool solely public swimming pools
Toy Store
Travel Agency

Food and Drink

Coffee shop
Fast Food McDonald's may include drive-thru, then draw Parking Lot Road
Food Court Can be used for a caterer or a wholesaler
Ice Cream
Restaurant {Name}

Culture and Entertainment

Art Gallery
Game Club
Movie Theater
Music Venue
Performing Arts Venue
Racing Track
Stadium / Arena
Theme Park
Tourist Attraction / Historic Site If the place functions as a landmark it may be represented as an Area Place.
Zoo / Aquarium


Construction Site Construction sites are not necessariliy mapped but it may be useful for editors checking roadworks under way. Ask your Country Manager in case of doubt.


Bed & Breakfast
Camping / Trailer Park
Cottage / Cabin
Hostel F1 hotel Waalwijk; Used for Motels and Inns in the BeLux.


Golf Course
Promenade Probably not used in the BeLux
Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint
Ski Area
Sports Court

Natural features

Farm Farmlands should never be mapped as areas. Editors should remove farmland areas immediately.
Forest / Grove
River / Stream Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not map if not visible from nearby roads. Features under approximately 20 meters wide will not be visible in the app.
Sea / Lake / Pool Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads.
Swamp / Marsh

Missing categories

Missing Category WME Category to use
Community centre Conventions / Event centre
Village hall Conventions / Event centre
Dentist Doctor / Clinic
Residential care centers Personale Care


  • WME Split POI script This script adds a button to the WME that allows you to split or cut Places from the category Natural Features into two, keeping the specifics. Can be used for all Natural Features like Island, Sea/Lake/Pool, River/Stream, Forest/Grove, Farm, Canal, Swamp / Marsh, Dam
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