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Minimum Acceptable Information

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

  • Proper Category
  • Place Name
  • 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 (e.g. a beach).

Phone Numbers

If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please utilize the following formats:

  • (###) ###-####

Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.

Locking Standard

Maine Place Lock Level Standards
Military Installation / Airport 4
Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept 4
National & State Parks and Monuments 4
Gas Stations / Charging Stations 3
Schools / Universities / Colleges 3
Government Buildings 3
Passenger Rail Stations 3
City and Local Parks 2

All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 2 (unless the place intrinsically does not have an address, e.g. a beach). 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.
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.

Place Name Harmonization

In an effort to standardize Place Names, Maine uses the following list of Common names. Please note the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. SUBWAY discounts). The script WME Placename Harmonizer simplifies this work.

View this list full-screen in Google Sheets

Point Places

Boat Launches

Boat Launches can be mapped as a Point Place with a PLR to the parking area. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry created a statewide inventory of 576 boating launches. It can be accessed here.

Guidelines are:

Name: Boat Launch – {Water Body Name} – (location if needed) For example,

Boat Launch - Aroostook River - Lower Lyndon St

Category: Seaport/Marina/Harbor


    Access Type – Boating, Fishing, Boating/Fishing
    Boat Size – Small, Medium, Large, Carry-on
    Ramp Type – Gravel, Concrete, Concrete Plank
   (If a launch has a fee, or any restrictions, include the details in the description)

External providers – Link to boat access if available

Lock: 2

Create a corresponding PLA

Name: Parking – Boat Launch – Water Body Name

Area Places

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. Contact a AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.

Hospitals / Urgent Care
Hospital Mapping
A special Category of Hospital / Medical Center 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: E.R. - 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 "E.R. - Generic Medical Center"

Parking Lots

The Parking Lot Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. Currently, the details are covered in Places/Parking lot.

Unless you have permission from the State Manager, please only map the following types of parking lots:

  • Public parking lots (Indicate that they are public lots in the description)
  • Named lots around an arena/theater/venue (advise SM when you do these)
  • Park and Ride lots/structures
Gas Station
Gas Stations

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

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.

You will often encounter "orphaned gas stations" that were imported from a master database in 2013. These are small area places, usually in the middle of a road somewhere without a full address. Here's one in Verona Island:

Orphaned Gas Station

If at all possible, DO NOT DELETE these orphans, because these are linked (invisibly) to the mechanism that updates gas prices. Instead, figure out where the gas station actually is located and drag the orphan (and its stop point) to the correct location. WME limits how far Places can be moved, so you may need to move the Place a few hundred yards then save; repeat as necessary. If there is already a Place for the gas station in its proper location, copy over the information into the orphan and delete the other. Then complete all the info for the Place and lock to L3.


Those with historical significance or useful as navigation aid can be mapped. Cemeteries with no identifying information (usually from base map import) should either be deleted or additional information added. Internal roads should be mapped using the Parking Lot Road type if roads are warranted.

Bodies of Water

Not mapped. All rivers, lakes, bays, etc. are mapped in the non-editable Water layer of Waze.