Proposed features/Tag:amenity=toilets

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The Feature Page for the approved proposal toilets is located at Tag:amenity=toilets.


Reworking of Amenity=Toilet Tagging
Status: Approved (active)
Proposed by: brycenesbitt
Tagging: amenity=toilets
Applies to: Node,Area
Definition: Toilet facilities accessible to the public.
Rendered as: varies
Drafted on: 06-19-2013
RFC start: 06-24-2013
Vote start: 07-06-2013
Vote end: 07-20-2013

Use amenity=toilets to identify the location of a toilet open to the public. Related names for toilets include: ‹ privy › ‹ head › ‹ restroom › ‹ bathroom › ‹ lavatory › ‹ water closet › ‹ toilets › ‹ latrine › ‹ outhouse ›.

How to tag

Place a node centrally at the location of the toilet amenities and tag it amenity=toilets. Alternatively draw an area over the toilet building, tag it building=yes and amenity=toilets. Then consider annotating with:

  • toilets:disposal=
    • toilets:disposal=flush toilets that move waste away from immediate area using a liquid (usually water).
    • toilets:disposal=pitlatrine waste falls into a lined or unlined pit.
    • toilets:disposal=chemical waste falls into a lined pit filled with a chemical.
    • toilets:disposal=bucket waste drops into a container which is periodically removed by hand.
  • toilets:position=* one or more of seated, squat, urinal (e.g. "seated;urinal" if the facility supports both use positions).

Toilets can have complex access rules. Those rules useful to toilets include:

  • access=public explicitly public and open to whoever walks up (a fee=* may still apply).
  • access=permissive while nominally private, no visible attempt is made to restrict access, and casual use appears to be tolerated by the owners.
  • access=customers while open to the public, the clear policy is to require a purchase prior to use.

Useful combinations include:

  • description=*
  • drinking_water=yes/no/seasonal if a drinking water source is immediately associated with (usually outside) the toilet. Note: if you have detailed tagging needs, it is cleaner to create a separate node as amenity=drinking_water.
  • fee=yes/no
  • indoor=yes if the toilet entrance is indoors. Outdoor entrances are otherwise assumed.
  • name=*
  • opening_hours=*
  • operator=* name of entity responsible for toilet (e.g. "City of X").
  • supervised=yes/no/interval if the toilet is staffed. Note that a cleaner might expect a tip.
  • wheelchair=yes/no/limited

Especially for visually impaired users, you can tag a building node with:

  • entrance=yes
  • female=yes/no for tagging a female-only entrance or area.
  • male=yes/no for tagging a men-only entrance or area.
  • unisex=yes/no for tagging areas or entrances available to all.

Toilets within places

Facilities such as shops and pubs often have toilets inside them for customers, and sometimes free for the public as part of a scheme (e.g. Richmond Council). On the usual tags of amenity=pub, building=yes, shop=* add the following tags and use the 'toilets' namespace.

Please do not use toilet=yes (singular). In general please do not map toilets that are inaccessible to the public. Many buildings have toilets inside for workers or owners, but mapping these could create needless conflict or unrealistic expectations. Use toilets=no for places you might expect to find a usable toilet (e.g. a railway station or trailhead) where no public toilets are made available.

Other proposed or emerging keys for toilet tagging

Examples

A toilet hidden in an advertising column
WC-Anlage.jpg

Vote

Please use {{vote|yes}} or {{vote|no}} and give your reasons for opposition or support. Use ~~~~ to sign your user name & date.

  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Brycenesbitt (talk) 06:29, 8 July 2013 (UTC) (project proponent)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Viking81 (talk) 21:16, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. erkinalp 05:42, 18 July 2013 (UTC) It will be very helpful for tourists who do not know the town well.
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Dieterdreist (talk) 19:38, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. -- Richard Welty Nfgusedautoparts (talk) 00:05, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Hedaja (talk) 08:28, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Imagic (talk) 09:26, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. For now. Some objections:
    • Please drop access=inquiry. It means essentially the same as access=private, and access=* is for legal access rights, not practical door locking mechanisms like keys or codes. Please replace it with something like locked={yes|no|system_name}.
    • toilets:position=* should be toilets:position:*={yes|no}. Rationale: there will more than one type in a huge number of larger toilet facilities worldwide. Urinals along with stalls are common in the majority of gents here, for example. The semicolon is best avoided if we can think of better methods, and using sep[a]rate tags is easier for JOSM preset writers. Actually, as an afterthought: toilets:position*** could be replaced with capacity tagging entirely. --achadwick (talk) 12:50, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
    • This proposal does not yet allow for the number of toilets within a block to be recorded. Please update it to suggest using capacity=* for the total number, and capacity:<position>=* for recording the specifics, much like the parking=* suggestions.
If these objections are addressed, please go ahead with this rewrite. --achadwick (talk) 11:08, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --ElliottPlack (talk) 15:50, 24 July 2013 (UTC) Very detailed, looks good.
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Janko (talk) 14:27, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Paul Johnson (talk) 23:16, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Woorldwidewolford (talk) 15:39, 07 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. -- --Sarchittuorg (talk) 05:44, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal.--voschix (talk) 07:05, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. How to tag pissoir only (men only!) toilets? It would make more sense to say toilets:urinal=yes|no, toilets:seated:yes|no, toilets:men=yes|no, toilets:women:yes|no. Also, wheelchair=limited makes no sense for toilets. Either there is a toilet usable for a wheelchair or there is not. /al 07:16, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
please note that pissoir has become vulgar in French, if not regarded as slang. urinoir is the appropriate word. --Papou (talk) 09:18, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
wheelchair=limited comes from the wheelmap.org community. It means "awkward but possible", but as it is a tag drawn from other use it is outside the scope of this proposal. Brycenesbitt (talk) 00:45, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Fanfouer (talk) 07:55, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. even if it's a bit much to read before use when one is in a hurry ;-) Papou (talk) 09:02, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. L30 (talk) 09:50, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. Aighes (talk) 16:20, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. --Defonion (talk) 18:09, 14 August 2013 (UTC)