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Public-images-osm logo.svg entrance
SF City Hall door.JPG
To mark the location of an entrance.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
should not be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Documented values: 2
Useful combination
Status: Approved Page for proposal

The entrance=* describes the point where you can go into a building or enclosed area (as a zoo, theme park etc). It differs between its importance or type of use.

The tag building=entrance is deprecated, but still widely used. As of December 2012 entrance=* has overtaken the old tag, see taginfo comparison.


Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
entrance yes Mf node.png An entrance exists at this position.
entrance main Mf node.png The main entrance of a building or enclosed area, where the shoppers or clients go inside. A shopping mall have often more than one main entrance.
SF City Hall door.JPG
entrance service Mf node.png A backdoor to a building or enclosed area often only for employees or for delivering.
entrance exit Mf node.png It is not an entrance, it is a one-way out of a building. You find it at some greater shops or museums.
entrance emergency Mf node.png An emergency exit is a one-way out of a building in case of fire. It is often combined with a fire alarm box.
PublicInformationSymbol EmergencyExit.svg
entrance staircase[1] Mf node.png Door to staircase.
entrance home[1] Mf node.png Door to private house.

Please use the access=* values to describe who is allowed to enter.

  • access=yes The public has an official, legally-enshrined right of access.
  • access=delivery Access only for delivering goods to or from a customer.
  • access=private Access only with key, keycard or similar. Look here for additional subtags.
  • access=no Access is not allowed.

If you don't need a key to go out from a building or restricted area, you can mark this with exit=yes. This tagging has sense, if rules for exit are different from rules for entrance.

Accessibility combinations

  • Use wheelchair=yes to describe the entrance possibilities for a wheelchair user.
  • You can add width=* to indicate small doors for wheelchair routing.
  • You can add automatic_door=yes to indicate automatic doors for wheelchair users and to warn visually impaired / blind users.


Entrances and addresses

If address is related not to whole building, but to individual staircases, tags entrance=main/staircase/home, addr:housenumber=* and addr:street=* should be added to main entrances to staircases (or to houses). Use ref=* for marking "inner" number of staircase (not to be confused with "outer" address, which some staircases have - for such addresses we should use addr:housenumber=*). addr:housenumber is put to one of entrances to staircase, ref can be marked to several entrances (also to service entrances to staircases).

Use addr:flats=* for marking number of flats inside staircase, for example, addr:flats=1-20. If there is only one flat behind door, the number is the value: addr:flats=14. If there are gaps in numbers, use semicolons: addr:flats=3-7;10;14;16-18.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 This value is not in original proposal, but is widely used.