What makes a high-quality PokéStop?

Eligible Nominations

High-quality PokéStops nominations are those that help Trainers discover and enjoy their community. To be considered an eligible PokéStop, your nomination must meet at least one of the criteria below.

A location with a cool story, a place in history or educational value

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Interesting story behind the location/object
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Signboards with educational information
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Historical (apart from just being old) or cultural significance
 

A cool piece of art or unique architecture

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Statues, sculptures, murals, paintings, mosaics, light installations, etc.
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Venues that showcase fine art (e.g., performance art theaters and museums)
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Buildings designed by renowned architects or structures famous specifically for their architecture
 

A hidden gem or hyper-local spot

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A popular local spot that you would take a friend visiting your community for the first time
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A popular spot where locals gather, but may be lesser-known outside the community
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Tourist spots that showcase local flavor and culture and that make your city/neighborhood unique
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More off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions (i.e., if you weren’t a local, you wouldn’t necessarily know to go here)
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Adventurous tourist attractions - think lookout towers, observatories, signs or markers atop mountain peaks, etc.
 

 

In addition to using the above criteria, we also like to see nominations in the following categories which highlight networks and places that connect people around the world.

  • Public parks

    Public parks are great, high-quality places for PokéStops: they are common all around the world and encourage players to walk, exercise and enjoy public spaces. However, park benches, picnic tables, or other common features might not meet criteria unless there is something significant about them.
  • Public libraries

    Public libraries encourage education and discovery. This includes little free library locations, provided they are not on private residential property but does not include mobile libraries.
  • Public places of worship

    Public places of worship are often meeting spaces for the community. This does not include places of worship that also host child care centers, preschools, or primary/secondary schools.
  • Transit stations

    Transit stations connect and unite people around the world. Submit transportation hubs (like Grand Central Station), but not every single small transit stop (like a subway station or a bus stop).

Ineligible Nominations

The following are considered as low-quality nominations and will NOT be eligible as a PokéStop. Please do not submit these nominations.

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Nominations that do not have pedestrian access
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Nominations on the grounds of primary/ elementary schools, secondary/high schools, preschools, kindergartens, or child care centers
Universities and higher education institutions are acceptable.
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Nominations within a private residential property (including farms)
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Nominations that obstruct the driveway of emergency services and may interfere with the operations of fire stations, police stations, hospitals, military bases, industrial sites, power plants, and air traffic control towers
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Nominations that are not permanent, including seasonal displays that are only put up during certain times of the year
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Nominations that do not have a fixed location (e.g., operational boats/trains, food trucks, or mobile libraries)
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Nominations that are not an object but a photo of people, body parts, or animals.
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Nominations with a photo or other materials to which you do not own the copyright
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Nominations with a low quality photo(e.g., pitch black/blurry photos or photos taken from a car)
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Avoid Nominations that are a cemetery, gravestone, or burial ground
Do not submit gravestones unless the object belongs to famous/historical figure, is more than 50 years old, and is open to the public. Memorials that do not contain burials are acceptable.
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Nominations that are mass produced art pieces or objects. Don’t submit these unless the nomination has some cultural significance.
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Nominations that are natural features. This includes nominations where the subject is a lake, river, stream, mountain, volcano, waterfall, etc.
Photos that include man-made points of interest (plaques, signs, etc.) near natural features are acceptable.
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Nominations that are adult-oriented stores or services (such as liquor stores, adult entertainment, shooting ranges, firearm stores, etc.)
Establishments that serve alcoholic beverages like bars and pubs are acceptable. 
 
 

Guidance on potentially confusing nominations

The following examples cover situations that have generated questions and confusion on whether these nominations should be submitted or not.

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Graffiti tag
While spray-painted artworks and murals are acceptable, graffiti tags that just include the graffiti writer's name or initials are ineligible. Additionally, graffiti tags are often regularly removed so they may also be ineligible under the non-permanent criteria.
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Generic local business locations
Generic local businesses don’t meet criteria on their own without having historical/cultural value, community significance, or distinctive architecture.
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Street art or urban art
Informal artworks and works created with spray paint are eligible so long as they represent cool pieces of art.
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High-quality object with a low-quality image
A nomination that would otherwise be accepted is ineligible if the photo submitted is low quality.
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Sculpture on a roundabout without pedestrian access
Regardless of any other criteria, if a nomination doesn’t have pedestrian access it is not eligible.
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Nominations with photos that unnecessarily include people
As a general rule, don’t submit photos that include people if you can avoid it. If you can’t (like at a crowded tourist attraction), you may submit the photo with people so long as they aren't the focus or posing for the camera.
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Nominations with photos that include people
You may submit photos with people so long as they aren't the focus or posing for the camera.
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Decorative parking bollard
Objects like this are mass-produced and have no cultural significance, therefore, do not meet eligibility criteria.
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Nominations that are indoors
Indoor nominations are eligible so long as they are accessible to the public in some capacity. Note that these nominations are less likely to be approved because they more likely to be on private residential property (see the ineligible nomination criteria above) or to not be areas in which groups can congregate and play comfortably.
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Nomination is private home that is a registered historic landmark
Regardless of historical value, if the location is being used as a private residence it is ineligible. 
 
 

 

For detailed instructions on how to submit a PokéStop nomination in Pokémon GO, view the Submitting a PokéStop Nomination article.


Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we are unable to provide specific details for each nomination that is ineligible. New PokéStop nominations deemed ineligible by the player community will not be overturned. If you believe your PokéStop nomination should have been eligible, we suggest re-submitting the PokéStop nomination after improving the title, description, and/or photo.

Some nominations may be deemed eligible by the community of reviewers for inclusion into Niantic’s location database but not necessarily added into every Niantic game. After the nomination is approved by the reviewers, there is an additional automated review that determines whether the nomination would be an appropriate fit for each particular Niantic game. Each game has its own set of criteria for this step so some nominations may be accepted into one game but not another. All eligible nominations may be used in future Niantic games too.

The most common reason that an eligible nomination is not added to Pokémon GO is because the nomination is too close to existing PokéStops or Gyms. If an existing game location is removed or the criteria changes, the nomination may appear within the Pokémon GO at a later time.

PokéStops may not be able to go live if they are too close to another live PokéStop or Gym. If your nomination is deemed ineligible for this reason, we recommend submitting nominations in areas that do not have as many PokéStops or Gyms.

At this time, you will not be able to nominate Gyms. Some nominations will turn into Gyms in Pokémon GO. Locations are automatically designated as Gyms using a number of different factors.

Yes, you may submit nominations that are indoors so long as they are accessible to the public in some capacity. However, these nominations are less likely to be approved because they are more likely to be on private residential property (see the ineligible nomination criteria above) or not to be areas in which groups can congregate and play comfortably. Additionally, it is often difficult for reviewers to verify the location of an indoor nomination.

If you do submit an indoor nomination, be sure to include where the candidate is located in the description and to add a supporting photo that shows the nomination in context to its surroundings.

 

Yes, we will accept PokéStop nominations as long as they are safe and accessible, in some capacity, to the public.

No. Don’t include any text or images that are from third-party sources.

At this time, nominations can only be reviewed by qualified players in Ingress, another game offered by Niantic. This Ingress community reviews nominations for inclusion into Ingress as well as Pokémon GO and other Niantic games. However, keep in mind that not all Ingress Portals will become Pokéstops or Gyms in Pokémon GO. In the future, we hope to make the nomination review process available to Pokémon GO players.