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Public-images-osm logo.svg barrier = gate
A section in a wall or fence which can be opened to allow access.
Group: Barriers
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

A gate is a section in a wall or fence which can be opened to allow or restrict access. They are usually made of wood or metal.

How to Map

On a node

Simply add the tag barrier=gate to the node where the gate is.
This can be placed on a linear barrier, in the intersection node of a linear barrier and a highway way, or at a highway way node.
Avoid tagging highway intersections as that does not make clear which way has the impediment.

On a way

Tag a way with barrier=gate on the real position and width of the gate.


Based on the location below, the gate node should be the end of a way. A new way starts with the gate node and it should have the access set to private if the access is restricted.

  • x = node
  • O = node with barrier=gate
  • ------ default way
  • +++++ way with access=private

Additional details

There seems to be the key gate:type=* in use to specify more details for the gate type. Have a look at Taginfo until some definitions get agreed on and documented here. Most common values are currently:

  • turning
  • rolling

More info about gate at barrier=*


Tag Type Sample Location OsmaRender/t@h Mapnik
barrier=gate Node 40° 26′ 46″ N, 3° 47′ 41″ W Barrier gate osmarender.png

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