[Tagging] Access and area type for some (public) objects

Janko Mihelić janjko at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 19:58:13 UTC 2015

Is there a sign "private" or "residents only" or something like that? Then
tag it as access=private, or motor_vehicle=private. Is there only a gate or
a liftgate with no sign? Just add barrier=liftgate/gate.

Access=permisive is a bit tricky, but I wouldn't tag any of your examples
with that tag.


uto, 9. lip 2015. 19:33 Daniel Koć <daniel at koć.pl> je napisao:

> I'd like to ask about access=* values for some objects.
> 1. First is rather easy - there is fenced area with a few big apartment
> houses. You can enter only if you have a key or somebody open it. Should
> the highways inside be tagged with access=private? It's like few hundred
> people inside, so I just want to make sure what is the best approach.
> 2. The second question is harder: what with the access to fenced area
> with some public institutions inside? I think of such places as hospital
> area - I guess highway=service inside it should be tagged with
> access=destination (or maybe access=customers? but it sound strange),
> but what with highway=footway there - there are no gates for
> pedestrians, so maybe it's just public, so anyone can go through this
> big area, or maybe access=permissive, because it's just not intended for
> shortcuts, but nobody will check it?
> 3. There are also some public offices, where you can get inside with a
> car only if you are a employee probably - I don't know if clients are
> allowed or not, but there is a kind of a gate or a lift gate, so there
> is no entry for cars by default. Of course the footways are not limited.
> I have also a problem with guessing what landuse is this - like public
> broadcasting (radio, TV) buildings: is it commercial, because there are
> offices, or what? Public radio and TV are offices with some commercial
> activity, but with strong public background.
> 4. And finally - bus garages for public transport. They can be very
> large and landuse=industrial is more or less clear for me (this is also
> public agency, so not entirely clear...). But maybe it is also the
> amenity=parking space? And what about access there - is it
> access=private for cars/buses? And what about footways - is it dependent
> on if you can pass through (and then permissive) or not (and then
> destination) or it doesn't matter?
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