Tag:access=private

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Public-images-osm logo.svg access = private
Private road - sign - geograph.org.uk - 1300550.jpg
Description
The way is not to be used by the general public.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
See also
Status: In use

The access=private tag is generally used in combination with the road network tags to indicate that the road is not to be used by the general public.

Usually used for Private driveways (in the city) and country lane ways, where the road just leads to a private home. Routing programs would be able to detect this tag, and knows to avoid these roads when routing.

The alternate tags to ensure that ways are actually public would be access=yes for roads and motor_vehicle=yes for motorways. But those tags are only useful if needed to override the national traffic laws which OSM obeys generally.

See access=* for an overview of access tagging and also UK public rights of way for the legal situation in the United Kingdom.