Proposed features/camp site pitch

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Tagging of individual pitches within a campground
Status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: n76
Tagging: camp_site=camp_pitch
Drafted on: 2015-05-01

Tagging of individual pitches

One might be interested in tagging individual pitches within a campground. Pitch means (in this context) the free space used to place 1 tent or 1 caravan.


Large campgrounds may have hundreds of identified sites or pitches that are available for camping. Locating a specific pitch within a campground may be difficult especially if access is though a maze of one way service roads. So it is useful to be able to locate specific pitches within the campground both for display and for routing.

Further, amenities dedicated to individual pitches within a campground vary between campgrounds and sometimes within a single campground. It will be very difficult to come up with a single tag that clearly describes all of the facilities that are available to the camper at the pitch.

This proposal builds on the earlier work in tagging individual pitches at Proposed features/Extend camp site but changes tag names to be more consistent in the use of namespace conventions and to use tag names consistent with current practices.

Tag Conventions

To avoid confusion (Who gets confused ?) between the sporting use of the word pitch (see leisure=pitch), a place for pitching a tent or parking a caravan is called a "camp pitch" (camp_site=camp_pitch) and the facilities at that pitch that are dedicated to the use of the pitch occupants use a camp_pitch:*=<value> name space tagging system.

There may be items like tables, water supply, fire rings associated with the pitch. If the item is specifically for the use of the occupant of the pitch, then use pitch name space specific tags. If the item is shared by multiple pitches or by the campground as a whole then it should be tagged using a more general tag.

Tags within the camp_pitch:* namespace follow, as closely as possible, the naming used for the equivalent amenity if it were not dedicated to the pitch occupants. For example, a publically available supply of drinking water is normally tagged amenity=drinking_water so camp_pitch:drinking_water=yes/no is used to indicate whether or not there is an exclusive drinking water supply for that pitch.


A camp pitch is tagged either as a point, located at the pitch identifying post or sign, or a way around the boundary of the pitch. The following tags are placed on the point or way:

Tag Description
camp_site=camp_pitch This is a pitch for a tent or caravan or motorhome.
ref=* If the pitch is identified, usually by a post with a number on it, use the ref tag record the identification.
addr:unit=* If the campground has a street address, then in addition to using ref=* a addr:unit=* should be used. This reflects the similarities between an individual camp pitch in a commercial campground with an apartment unit within an apartment building or complex. However, not all campgrounds have street addresses so using ref=* is more general.
camp_pitch:type=tent;caravan;motorhome The things we can put on this pitch.
camp_pitch:parking=yes/no You can park next to your tent. If parking is shared by more than one pitch, then tag the parking location with amenity=parking instead.
camp_pitch:picnic_table=yes/no There is a table for exclusive use of the pitch occupants. If the table is shared then tag the table location with leisure=picnic_table instead.
camp_pitch:fire=ring/stove There is a fireplace or fire ring for exclusive use of pitch occupants. If the fire ring or fire place is shared then tag the fire location with fireplace=* instead.
camp_pitch:surface=grass/gravel/concrete The surface the tent or caravan will be placed on. Consider using surface=* on a larger area instead if the surface does not change across pitches.
camp_pitch:electric=yes/no There is an electrical hookup for this pitch.
camp_pitch:drinking_water=yes/no There is a water tap for this pitch. If there is a water tap but it is shared, then tag the tap location with amenity=drinking_water instead.
camp_pitch:drain=yes/no There is a grey water drain for this pitch.

Comments / questions

1) Why the need for camp_site=camp_pitch ? Why not: camp_pitch=ref;addr;type;parking;table;stove;surface;electric;water;drain where if the item is listed 'yes' is default.

2) Grass pitches may move - to allow grass to recover from being camped on.

3) It should be clear that the part after "camp_pitch" should not just be made up. Those are OSM tags mentioned elsewhere. Brycenesbitt (talk) 23:26, 1 May 2015 (UTC)