USA/New England/Places/Main Discussion History

Minimum Acceptable Information

All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:

  • Place Name
  • Proper Category
  • Address (including address numbers)
  • Placed in the correct location on the map

This is the minimum acceptable amount of information for inclusion on the map, unless the location intrinsically does not have an address.

Locking Standard

All Places that have complete information are to be locked at Level 2. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.

New England Region Place Lock Level Standards
National & State Parks and Monuments 5
Military Installation / Airport 5
Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept 4
Gas Stations / Charging Stations 3
Schools / Universities / Colleges 3
Government Buildings / Consulates 3
Subway, Commuter, and Passenger Rail Stations 3
City and Local Parks 2

If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.

Problem Categories

It is recognized that the available place categories within WME frequently do not provide a clear matching category for some types of venues. The following table provides some regional guidance for the more common questions. Whenever necessary, please confer with the community on additional problem venues.

"Problem" Categories - Click to Expand ---->>>>
These types of places have been problems in the New England Region. Suggested categories and other notes are provided.
Place Type WME Category Notes
Arcade Game Club
Auto Parts Store Shopping/Service Add "Garage/Auto" if provides maintenance services
Bowling Alley Game Club
Equipment Rental Shopping/Services
Firearm Ranges/Shops Shopping/Services
Funeral Home Other
Hair Salons Personal Care
Learning Center Other
Liquor Store Shopping/Services
Long term housing Other Named apartment complexes, assisted and senior living facilities, should not be listed as "Lodging" as the Wazer would normally be expecting short term housing options for that category. Use "Other" for the named complex, and "Office" for leasing office if there is a separate one.
Mailing Services (UPS, FedEx, etc) Shopping/Services "Post Office" category should only be used for US Post Offices
Mini Golf Culture/Entertainment
Pawn Shop Shopping/Services
"Pot Shops" Shopping/Services Enter "Marijuana Dispensary" and/or "Medical Marijuana" in the description, as appropriate
Self Storage Facilities Shopping/Services Enter Staffed Rental Office Hours; if staffed self-service hours differ, provide in the description
Tattoo Shop Personal Care
Trade School / Flight School Other
Truck Weigh Station Not Mapped Parking lot roads leading to and from a weigh station may be mapped.
Vape Shop Shopping/Services
Phone Numbers

If a phone number is entered in the Place information, the following format is preferred: (###) ###-#### Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.

Area Editing

Area Mapping

When creating an Area, map it to the "fence line" of the area.

For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.

If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school.

RHODE ISLAND: The only exception to this in Rhode Island are schools that only have one major building on the property (such as public primary/secondary education schools). In these cases, the area should be drawn to match the general shape of the building, as most of these schools have unique enough shapes to meet the requirements for single structure area places.

Contact an AM, SM, CM, or Champ if you need assistance.

Hospitals / Urgent Care

The New England Region follows the USA national guidance for mapping Hospitals and Urgent Care centers.

Hospital Mapping

A special Category of Hospital / Urgent Care is used for Hospitals, Medical Centers and Urgent Care facilities. ONLY Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use this category. Clinics and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, and any other appropriate category, instead.

Set the Stop Point over the Main Entrance to the facility. Additionally, map the Emergency Entrance with the same category name, but place it over the Emergency entrance location. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points, and named in the following fashion: ER - Hospital Name

Layered Areas

Places which are part of a larger encompassing place (i.e. place points for lot in a university area, Separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "ER - Generic Medical Center"

Parking Lots

The New England Region follows USA guidance for Parking Lots. In general, Parking Lot Areas (PLAs) should be added for all lots, including businesses with small parking lots (fewer than 10 spaces). Any improvements are helpful, but editors are encouraged to start with popular lots with heavy usage, map problem or update request flags.

In addition to the guidance provided in the USA page for Parking Lots (above), the following description should help clarify the type of lot which should be used. In general, the cost of parking at a lot is independent from the type. Public, Restricted, and Private lots might be free, or may require a parking fee.

Lot Type Description
Public This type is used in lots where anybody can legally park regardless of purpose or destination.

*** In addition, certain large lots at major destinations (e.g., shopping centers, ballpark/stadiums, colleges/universities, convention centers, etc.) which would ordinarily be Restricted (below) may be classified instead as "Public" if the ability to see these lots would be important to the Wazer.
This is the only type of lot which is currently offered as an alternative destination for place searches in the Waze app.

Restricted This lot type should generally be chosen at parking lots which are owned by, used for, or associated with specific nearby businesses or place points/areas. The parking lots of almost all small businesses will be "Restricted".

These lots are not offered to the driver as an alternate destination, although they are searchable by parking lot name (similar to other categories of places). They are also used for Waze data gathering.

Private This lot type should be used for parking lots which require preauthorization for access. In general these are lots which require an access card, parking sticker, or owner approval prior to arriving at the lot.

These lots are not offered to the driver as an alternate destination, although they are searchable by parking lot name (similar to other categories of places). They are also used for Waze data gathering.

Gas Stations
Gas Station

You should familiarize yourself with the Gas Stations wiki - specifically naming, branding, and stop points.

A single gas station area place can be used for both a gas station and its associated convenience store (add an additional category when applicable) if they have the same branding and same hours of accessibility. If the gas branding is different from the branding of the convenience store, or if they have different access hours, create a place area for the gas station and a separate place point for the convenience store.

Also understand that to provide the best navigation instructions for a Wazer, u-turns should be enabled at each end of the PLR drawn through the gas station.

EV Charging / CNG stations

EV charging stations, CNG (compressed natural gas), and other alternative fuel stations should not be mapped with "Gas Station" category.
EV charging stations should use the "EV Charging Station" category and follow the national guidance.
CNG stations should use the "Others" category and include CNG in the place name.

Fire and Police Departments

Emergency services providing first response such as Police and Fire departments should be mapped using Area Place type (Lock 4). The primary place name should reflect the common local usage for the service ("Police Dept", "Fire Dept", etc) and optionally may include station-specific identifiers.

<Emergency Service Name> - <Municipality>

Alt name may include [station-specific identifier] as well as recognized abbreviations which may be entered as a search term.


   Primary name: Police Dept - Boston  -  Alt name: BPD B2 Roxbury
   Primary name: Fire Dept - Brattleboro  - Alt name: Central Station
   Primary name: Fire Dept - Newtown   -   Alt name: Sandy Hook Vol. Fire & Rescue Co.
Rest Areas

Include "Rest Stop" as an alternative name.

Truck Weigh Stations

Because Waze does not support Truck/Commercial restrictions, highway and freeway weigh stations are not mapped in the New England Region. Parking lot roads leading onto and off of a weigh station may be mapped.


Inactive, unnamed cemeteries are generally not mapped. Named cemeteries, those with historical significance, or useful as a navigation aid can be mapped. Internal roads should be mapped using the Parking Lot Road type if roads are warranted.

New England Region PNH Table - Click to Expand ---->>>>
Please note the listed spelling of the venue name, as well as the appropriate category. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site.
View this list full-screen in Google Sheets

Place Name Harmonization

In an effort to standardize Place Names, the New England Region uses Place Name Harmonization/PNH (expandable table above), a reference table of common businesses and venue names and characteristics.

Helpful Scripts
If you are working on places, a couple scripts can make the editing process a lot more efficient. As always with scripts, be cautious and please reach out to a senior editor with any questions on how they work.

  • WME Place Harmonizer (WMEPH) uses the PNH table (referenced above) to standardize names, format data, provide an easy interface for adding services, and automatically lock a place once the minimum information has been added. For chains, please submit new chain data for any that are not in the database. Note: WMEPH is now available for all editors, including R1.
  • WME Closest Segment helps editors determine the closest segment to the navigation stop point of a place. The script shows a line from a selected point place (or its navigation stop point for area places) to the nearest road segment.