Tag:highway=residential

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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = residential
Residential.jpg
Description
Road in a residential area
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: In use

This tag is used for roads accessing or around residential areas but which are not a classified or unclassified highways.

This is a useful guideline if you are not sure whether to use residential or unclassified for streets in towns:

  • residential – street or road generally used for local traffic within settlement.
  • unclassified – Unclassified roads typically form the lowest form of the interconnecting grid network (below highway=tertiary roads). Roads serving for interconnection of small settlements. Use residential rather than unclassified on the road section if there are trafic restrictions (such as slower speed limits) or traffic calming features near small settlements. (See also highway=unclassified.)

Note: tagging street relations with this tag may be problematic, including for a single street in a single city, as the street relation may have residential sections and other sections classified as primary, secondary, tertiary or unclassified (sometimes even with pedestrian paths, or tracks or service highways). Don't use this tag on route relations for public transports, or relations created only for addresses (such as associatedStreet). In such case it remains preferable to tag only the individual ways instead of having conflicting tags between the relation and ways. Tag relations only if the tag applies to all member ways.

See also:

  • highway=living_street - a street where pedestrians have priority over cars, children can play on the street, maximum speed is low.
  • surface=* - the surface of the street

How to map

ElementWay.png

To map a residential way nothing else than a simple way is required. Add the highway=residential tag to it and a name=* if appropriate.

Examples

Picture/Description Tags Mapnik
a simple residential way. a way Way with
highway=residential

name=Humboldtstraße

United States – TIGER data import

Further information: TIGER fixup#Wrong highway classifications

The large scale TIGER data input of United States street data overused the highway=residential tag. A significant proportion of these roads could be tagged as highway=unclassified, under the guideline mentioned above, or possibly highway=tertiary.