Problems using

For the past few days, every time I try to search, the search request takes a long time and frequently times out. And I’ve been blocked from a couple times because of alleged access policy violations. All I’ve been doing is searching one location at a time. What is going on?

Best wishes,


How are you searching? Are you using any tool?
Please see Usage Policy of Nominatim.

There’s some detail about the problem at . Basically, someone (likely someone ignoring Nominatim’s usage policy) has decided to exploit a “free service” without consideration for others.