Add, edit, or delete a place


Add a place


Add establishments and certain types of buildings and boundaries. Before adding a place, first search to ensure it does not already exist on the map.
How to add a place 
Click Add New tab on the top of the window. 
Select Add a Placefrom the drop-down menu. 
Select the Satellite view and zoom in to the appropriate location. Drop the marker by clicking the map at the entrance of the place or on top of the building. 
Select a category from the drop-down menu, or start typing in the box to search for a category. 
Enter the name and click Continue to add more details in the left panel. 
Click Save to finish. 


You can discard your edit by selecting Cancel at the top left of the map.




How to associate a place


A place can either be inside a building(s) or can be an independent space covering building(s) and ground(s). You can associate the place with a building or create an outline of the place: 
Add or edit a place. 
In the details section on the left, select the Building/Boundary attribute. 


Choose the options which describes your place the best: 
This place is entirely inside a building
This place occupies grounds and buildings
I don’t know - Select this option if you do not have any information about the establishment or you're not certain which option best describes it. 


Choose the building(s) or draw an outline of the grounds: 
Click Select a building and choose the appropriate building(s) from the map. 
Click Draw Area Outline to mark the outline of the feature/grounds. 




I can’t see the building:


The building(s) you’re associating the feature should be already mapped. If not, add the building's outlines separately and, once your edits are published, associate them with your feature.


Learn more about how to add a building outline.
Save a draft


If you want to continue editing at a later time, you can save the edits you have made as drafts by clicking on Save as draft and continue later at the bottom of the page. These drafts are accessible from the My Activities tab on the Activity Stream.
Best practices 
Make sure that the boundary is consistent with the satellite imagery. 
For multiple places within a building, place the marker close to the region of the building where that place or listing exists. 
If a new business replaces the old, delete the existing feature with the reason This Place is Closed, and create a new feature with the new business name. 
Do not add P.O. Box numbers, as they're not the physical address of the business or feature. 
Buildings inside the boundary can be named only if they are called by specific name. Otherwise, leave these unnamed. 












Edit a place


Edit details for a place 


Find the feature that you want to edit. 
Search for the feature 


OR 
Center the map on the location of the feature you want to edit, click Edit on the top panel, and select Select a Place from the drop-down menu. Use the circle cursor to select a smaller portion of the map and find your feature 
Click Edit and then select Edit this Place from the drop down. 
Edit or add a name, address, category, location and other details in their respective fields in the left panel. 
To help your edit get approved, add a comment in the “Comments to the reviewer” field. 
Click Save to finish. 




Move a marker


If you notice that a place marker has been placed incorrectly, you can easily correct its location on Map Maker by following the steps below: 
Search for the feature that you'd like to move. 
In the info window that appears, click Edit and select Move Location from the drop down menu. 
Move the marker by dragging it to the new location. The old location will appear as a gray marker and the new location as a red marker on the map. 
Click Continue to verify the details. 
Click Save in the left hand panel to finish. 


Best Practices: 
Place the marker on the correct side of the road and at the exact location as specified in the feature’s address. 
Place the marker at the entrance or on top of the building. 
If you are moving a marker for a feature located at incorrect city, state or country, delete the feature and create a new one at the correct location. 




Edit pending features


You can edit places while they are still awaiting review. The new edit will be logged as a separate edit. Edits are automatically saved as a draft until you cancel or submit.


To view all pending changes of a feature, click the History tab. To view your own edits, click the My Activities tab.

Delete a place


If you see a place/listing on Maps that no longer exists (or never existed!), you can delete it: 
Search for the feature that you'd like to delete 
Select the feature, click Edit, and choose Delete this 
Select your reason for deleting and use the “Comments to the reviewer” section to provide additional details 
Click Delete to finish. 




If you find inaccuracies in the existing feature, it is better to edit the feature than to delete it.
Reasons for Deletion: 
Feature does not exist: Indicates that the feature does not exist, or is a fictional place. You may also use this option to delete private listings. 
A duplicate of this feature exists: Indicates that the place already exists on the map. To help the reviewer, provide the link of the duplicate feature. Make sure you delete the feature that contains less information. 
The feature is spam/abuse: Indicates that the feature contains inappropriate or malicious information that has been deliberately added. 


This place is closed: 
Indicates that the feature is out of business or temporarily closed from the existing location. 
Indicates that the feature has relocated from one place to another, regardless of distance. 
Indicates complete name changes (e.g. Sean’s Burgers to Jitters Coffee). 
Indicates rebranding (i.e. any change to the brand name, logo, or image of a product or company). 
Indicates demolished buildings with names. 
Other: Indicates that you’re deleting the feature for reasons other than those specified in the drop-down menu. Provide additional information in support of your deletion in the “Comments to the reviewer” field. 

Restore a place


You can restore places that have been deleted on Map Maker: 
Search the feature that you want to restore. 
Select the feature and click Edit. 
Click Edit this place from the drop-down menu. 
Uncheck Place closed in the left panel. 
Click Save to restore the feature. 


Note: This feature only works for places that have been deleted using the “This place is closed” option.


For any reason other than This place is closed, only the mapper who added the place will be able to restore it. If you’re the owner, you can restore the place by uncheckingPlace removed or Place marked duplicate in the above steps. If you’re not the owner, add a new place.

Duplicates


Once you add a place, Map Maker might prompt you with a list of possible duplicates.


If the place you want to add is already present in this list, select the duplicate item and click Continue.


You may also click (Details) next to feature's name to view more information about the potential duplicates. The changes you've made will be applied to the existing feature. ClickSave to finish.


If the place you want to add is not available in the prompted duplicates list, select the option "This is not a duplicate" and click Continue. This saves the place as a new feature on Map Maker.


What doesn't count as a duplicate: 
A listing for Target Supermall and another listing for Target Pharmacy with same address but different phone numbers. These are both good results and are not considered duplicates. 
A listing for Hilton Hotel Times Square and another listing for Hilton Hotel Times Square: Hard Rock Cafe with different phone numbers. 
Some doctors may share the same office address with other doctors. If the listings have different doctor names, they are not duplicates, even if they have the same phone number. The same goes for lawyers, insurance agents, etc. 
Best practices: 
The only allowed duplicates are water body outlines. You may add a new water outline only when you are unable to edit an existing one that is incorrect. 
Don't mark building or boundary outlines as duplicates of place features, place features as this will prevent the outline from displaying on the map. 

Permitted Businesses and Points of Interest


While Google Map Maker lets you put places you know and love on the map, so-to-speak, these locations do need to meet a few basic criteria. Points of interest should be accessible to the public and businesses should be legal in the country where they’re listed. Both points of interest and businesses should have a real physical presence or fixed location. That’s most places!


Before you start mapping, ask yourself a few basic questions: 
Is this business legal? 
Does this place have a permanent physical location where people can go and complete their business transaction? 
Is this point of interest or business open to the public? 


Note: If you want to add any adult entertainment service, first ensure that the business is legal in that country or region.


Then check the lists below that contain examples of permitted and prohibited types of businesses and points of interest.
Permitted businesses and points of interest


Places that are appropriate for Google Map Maker include, but aren’t limited to, the following:




Type 

Examples 


Government and public institutions 

Libraries 


Kiosks (automated, unmanned transactions) 

ATMs

Movie rental kiosks 


Public home businesses 

Daycare centers 


Public professional listings 

Doctors

Dentists

Lawyers

Real Estate Agents 


Public spaces 

Biking Trails

Hiking Trails

Landmarks (includes minor physical landmarks)

Public parks

Public swimming pools

Tennis courts

Sports fields 


Public transit 

Transit stations and stops

Tunnels 


Rentals

(where the leasing office and managerial staff is permanently on-site) 

Vacation homes 


Semi-permanent places 

Farmer's markets

Recurring performances (Penn & Teller at the Rio) 

Prohibited businesses and points of interest


Places that aren’t appropriate for Google Map Maker include, but aren’t limited to, the following




Examples 


Non-fixed locations 

Businesses closed "temporarily" for more than 2 weeks

Places for rent or sale

Seasonal businesses without a permanent, recurring location

Temporary, one-time events

Vacation homes without permanent onsite management 


Non-permanent listings 

Meeting places

Potholes 


Non-physical presence 

Hotlines

Online-only businesses

Service area businesses listing addresses without a permanent physical address / closed to the public. 


Personal 

Humorous Street View photos 


Private listings and premises 

Celebrity home

Your home