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Description
Boundaries mark the borders of areas, mostly political, but also of other administrative areas.
Tags

boundary=*

Area The original accepted usage was to only apply this tag to areas.

Relation+Way However there now seems to be a consensus of using the boundary key also on linear ways, with relations used to aggregate these ways if needed.

Also see the boundary relation.

Administrative values

See main article Tag:boundary=administrative

The following values are possible, though might be old due to the new admin_level tag

National

boundary=administrative
+ admin_level=2 

marks country borders, such as the border between Austria and Germany. The names of the countries is specified through the tags "left:country", "right:country", if used on a linear way rather than an enclosed/area way.

There is some controversy about what is the exact meaning of country. For the sake of clarity, only political entities listed on the ISO 3166 standard are to be considered countries.

Subnational

boundary=administrative 
+ admin_level=3 to 10

marks subnational borders. The names of the subnational entities involved is specified as with national borders, with "parish", "district", "region", "province", "state"

Other

boundary=maritime
for marking maritime borders (rather than land areas normally assumed by boundary=administrative and following the coastlines)
boundary=political
is approved, should be documented in each country where they are used. Can be used for electoral boundaries, or administrative areas not covered by the strict hierarchical model in specific countries (because they don't create exclusive partitions).
boundary=vice_county
for marking vice counties in Britain and Ireland.
boundary=national_park
marks the borders of a national park.
boundary=protected_area
a more recently introduced tag with a more verbose tagging scheme which can deal with all kind of protections and protection levels. It encompasses both nature reserves and national parks.
boundary=religious_administration
trial for dioceses, parishes... see FrViPofm/Tag:boundary=religious_administration
boundary=national
is approved, but not documented, can somebody check tagwatch for usage?
boundary=civil
is approved, but not documented, can somebody check tagwatch for usage?
boundary=metropole
trial: When metropolitan areas don't match with an administrative subdivision (sometimes even country borders are crossed), this tag could be used.

Proposed values

See also

  • place=* for toponyms, human settlements and fractions of them.

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