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Place categories

The Place categories used in Waze are not always directly applicable to the Netherlands, 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 below. It also lists the categories that are available in the app for direct search.

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). Also, there is an indication to the use of a Point or an Area Place. Area Places should have a minimum area size of 500 m2 (e.g., 50m x 10m) to be visible in the client's display.

Car Services

The app offers the possibility to search on Gasoline Station places.

Petrol Station Area L3 {Brand} {Name}
Garage / Car mechanic Point {Brand} {Name} Auto schadeherstel, Autoplaatwerk, e.a.
Car Wash Point {Name}
Charging Station Point L2 {Provider} {MaxPower} ({Amount} {Type}


Airport Area L3
Bus Station Point Bus station Uithoorn, Do not map individual bus stops.
Ferry Terminal Area
Marina / Harbour Area
Underground Station Point {City} {Station Name}
Railway Station Area Station + {Station Name} Station RAI, Station Rotterdam Centraal
Bridge Area
Tunnel Area {Tunnel Name}
Taxi Rank Point
Junction / Interchange Area Robert Kochplein. See also the roundabout page
Rest Area Area
Carpool Spot Area
Transportation Point Hectometre posts along the highway like A1 Li 13,7

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 Amsterdam. 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.
The app offers the possibility to search on Ziekenhuizen en spoedeisende hulp places.

College / University Area
School Area Preschool, Kindergarten, e.a.
Conventions / Event Centre Area RAI
Government Point Draw only large ones as Area
Library Point {City} {location}
City Hall Area {Municipality}
Organisation or Association Point
Prison / Detention Centre Area
Courthouse Area
Cemetry Area
Fire Station Area {City} {department}
Police Station Area {City} {department}
Military Area
Hospital / Urgent Care Area Hospitals, First Aid Posts and other places that offer emergency aid. Use Doctor / Clinic for non-urgent medical care.
Doctor / Clinic Point Use this category for non-urgent medical care. See for urgent medical care Hospital / Medical Care.
Huisarts, Bloedbank, Fysiotherapeut, Gezondheidscentrum, Oogarts, Orthodontist, Tandarts, Verloskundigepraktijk e.a.
Offices Point Law Firm, Real Estate Agent, etc
Post Office Point
Religious Centre Point Churches are often well recognisable and can be drawn as Area.
Church, Mosque, Synagogue, etc
Playgroup / Nursery Point
Factory / Industrial Area Add always to the map when it is mentioned on signs or otherwise if it is big enough to be relevant on the map.
Embassy / Consulate Point
Information Point Point
Emergency Shelter Point
Household Recycling Centre Point Environmental street, recycling platform, etc.
Professional and public Point Assisted living location, Community center, Driving school / Driving course / Theory course location, etc.

Shopping and services

The app offers the possibility to search on Shop, Supermarket and Pharmacy places.

Arts & Crafts Point
Bank / Financial Point {Brand}
Sporting Goods Point
Bookshop Point
Photography Point
Car dealership Point {Brand} {Name} In case there is a gas station, use Gas Station as the primary category
Fashion and Clothing Point
Shop Point AH to Go, Kiosk
Personal Care Point Beauty salon, Drugstore, Hairdresser, Manicure salon, Massage salon, Nail salon, Pedicure salon and others
Department Store Point
Pharmacy Point
Electronics Point Computer shop, etc.
Flowers / Gardening Point
Furniture / Home Store Point
Gift Shop Point
Gym / Fitness Point
Swimming Pool Point Solely public swimming pools
DIY / Hardware Store Point Gamma, Karwei, Praxis, etc.
Market Area {City} {Location}
Supermarket / Grocery Point {Brand} {Location}
Juwellery Point Goldsmith, Watch Shop, etc.
Laundry / Dry Clean Point
Shopping Centre Area
Music Shop Point
Pet Shop / Veterinarian Point
Toy Shop Point
Travel Agents Point
Cash Machine / ATM Point Geldautomaat {Brand}, Pinautomaat, Geldmaat
Currency Exchange Point
Car Rental Point 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
Telecom Point
Shopping and services Point

Food and Drink

The app offers the possibility to search on Drive-thru's, Food and Coffee bar places.

Restaurant Point
Bakery Point
Dessert Point
Coffee shop / Cafe Point
Fast Food Point McDonald's may include drive-thru, then draw Parking Lot Road
Food Court Point Not applicable in the Netherlands
Pub / Bar Point Cafe, e.a.
Ice Cream Point

Culture and Entertainment

Art Gallery Point
Casino Point
Club Point
Tourist Attraction / Historic Site Point If the place functions as a landmark it may be represented as an Area.
Cinema Point
Museum Point
Music Venue Point
Performing Arts Venue Point
Game Club Point
Stadium / Arena Area
Theme Park Area
Zoo / Aquarium Area Kinderboerderij, e.a.
Racing Track Area
Theatre Point
Culture and Entertainment Point Bowling alley and others


Construction Site Area Add if it is relevant on the map. Don't forget to remove it when then houses are build.
Other Point Corona / COVID-19 test- and vaccination locations
Other Point Memorial, Monument and others


The app offers the possibility to search on Hotel en logies places.

Hotel Point
Hostel Point F1 hotel Waalwijk; Used for Motels and Inns.
Camping / Caravan Park Area
Cottage / Cabin Point
Bed & Breakfast Point


The app offers the possibility to search on Park places.

Park Area
Playground Point
Beach Area
Sports Pitch / Court Area
Golf Course Area
Plaza Area
Promenade Probably not used in the Netherlands
Pool Area
Services / Layby Point
Ski Area Area

Natural features

Island Area
Sea / Lake / Pool Area Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads.
River / Stream Area 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.
Forest / Wood Area
Farm Area Farmlands should never be mapped as areas. Editors should remove farmland areas immediately.
Canal Area
Marsh / Bog Area
Dam Area

Tipː for splitting place areas of this category the script WME Split POI can be used.

Car Park

The app offers the possibility to search on Car park places.

Car Park Area A distinctly-marked area where cars can park, separated from the road and with its own driveable segments.

Residential Place

Residential Place Point Contain photos and an exact address, without all the other properties of a Place

Don't map

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