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Public-images-osm logo.svg entrance
SF City Hall door.JPG
To mark the location of an entrance. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
[[Rect.svg ; Entrance main.svg ; Entrance.svg ; Rectdiag.svg|]]
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

The entrance=* key describes the point where you can go into a building or enclosed area (such as a zoo, theme park, cemetery grounds etc). Different values are used to denote the importance or type of entrance. The entrance node should be placed on the building/area's way (i.e. its outline).


Key Value Element Comment Carto Rendering Carto Rendering Photo
entrance yes Mf node.png An entrance exists at this position to a building or enclosed area. Carto entrance yes.png Rect.svg
Wien - Opernring - Entrance Burggarten - View NE on ´Der Alte´ (Franz Joseph).jpg
entrance main Mf node.png The main entrance of a building or enclosed area. Carto entrance main.png Entrance main.svg
SF City Hall door.JPG
entrance service Mf node.png A backdoor to a building or enclosed area often only for employees or for delivering. Rect.svg
Victoria House, Bloomsbury (1) Service entrance at night.jpg
entrance exit Mf node.png It is not an entrance, it is a one-way out of a building or enclosed area. You find it at some larger shops, museums or theme parks.
Ausgang Vivarium DA.JPG
entrance emergency Mf node.png An emergency exit is a one-way out of a building in case of fire. It is often combined with a fire alarm box. See also exit=emergency for these.
PublicInformationSymbol EmergencyExit.svg
entrance staircase[1][2] Mf node.png Door to staircase. Rect.svg
Madeira - Door and staircase in Câmara de Lobos.jpg
entrance home[1] Mf node.png Door to a private house, home or an apartment. Rect.svg
Sam Brown House, door.JPG
How to place nodes tagged with "entrance".

Please use the access=* values to describe who is allowed to enter.

  • access=yes The public has an official, legally-enshrined right of access.
  • access=delivery Access only for delivering goods to or from a customer.
  • access=private Access only with key, keycard or similar. Look here for additional subtags.
  • access=no Access is not allowed.

If you don't need a key to go out from a building or restricted area, you can mark this with exit=yes. This tagging has sense, if rules for exit are different from rules for entrance.

Accessibility combinations

  • Use wheelchair=yes to describe the entrance possibilities for a wheelchair user.
  • You can add width=* to indicate small doors for wheelchair routing.
  • You can add automatic_door=yes to indicate automatic doors for wheelchair users and to warn visually impaired / blind users.


Entrances and addresses

Main article: Addresses

If address is related not to whole building, but to individual staircases/entrances, tags entrance=main/staircase/home, addr:housenumber=* and addr:street=* should be added to main entrances to staircases (or to houses). Use ref=* for marking "inner" number of staircase (not to be confused with "outer" address, which some staircases have - for such addresses we should use addr:housenumber=*). addr:housenumber=* is put to one of entrances to staircase, ref=* can be marked to several entrances (also to service entrances to staircases).

Use addr:flats=* for marking all flats inside the staircase, for example, addr:flats=1-20. (This entrance leads to flats/apartments with numbers from 1 to 20 inclusive). If there is only one flat behind the door, the number is the value: addr:flats=14. If there are gaps in numbering, use semicolons: addr:flats=3-7;10;14;16-18.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 This value is not in original proposal, but is widely used.
  2. Actually, it was discussed in the Talk page of the proposal. But has a different meaning than described on this page.

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