Proposed features/highway:minor

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Minor roads
Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Thomas Wood
Tagging: highway=minor
Applies to: linear
Definition: Road smaller than tertiary, to replace highway=unclassified
Rendered as: As highway=unclassified
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 28-Aug-2008
RFC start: 28-Aug-2008
Vote start: *
Vote end: *


A less ambiguous tag as a replacement to highway=unclassified. This proposal aims to find consensus on an appropriate replacement tag. This proposal aims to deprecate the highway=unclassified tag.

Alternative names

  • highway=minor
  • highway=quaternary
  • ...


The highway=unclassified tag is named in a confusing way - following the British classification system, OSM editors outside of the UK initially find it a hard concept to get to grips with.

Tagging Discussion

I am proposing highway=<something else other than unclassified>, as a simple progression from primary, secondary and tertiary.

Feel free to propose alternate tags here

  • highway=quinary
  • highway=local
  • highway=ville
  • highway=street

Further Discussion

To the talk page highway = street

See also