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Access permission for boats Edit or translate this description.
Group: Restrictions
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Status: in use

Legal access restriction for boats. In the sense of OSM these are small boats and pleasure crafts, including yachts, canoes and rowing boats.

In CEVNI (regulations for inland waterways, also used either formally or informally outside Europe, see Implementation document) small craft are defined as less than 20 m long.

See the hierarchy as mentioned in access=* for Water-based transportation:

  • boat=* (covers the following small boats and pleasure crafts, including yachts) Notice A1.png
    • motorboat=* (boats and yachts using motor, on way also for sailing boats using the motor*) Notice A12.png
    • sailboat=* (boats and yachts using sails, on way doing way with sail, not using the motor*) Notice A15.png
    • canoe=* (boats without sail or motor, such as dinghies, canoes, kayaks, rowboats etc.) Notice A16.png

* according to the definition of the Colreg and CEVNI)

The tag is also used to indicate if a river is practically navigable or not for boats, however, this is ambiguous, as it does not provide any information about the boat types for which this is valid. Access limitations can however also be constituted by legislation which might refer to on-the-ground factors factors such as date, water level, or damage to the surroundings caused by using the waterway.


See also access=* for values.

  • boat=unknown The access conditions are unknown or unclear. This is the default value for most features.
  • boat=yes The public have official, legally-enshrined right of access, i.e. it's a right of way.
  • boat=designated The route is marked as being a preferred route, usually for a specific vehicle type or types.
  • boat=permissive The owner gives general permission for access.
  • boat=private The owner may give permission on an individual basis.
  • boat=no Access by this transport mode is not permitted, they don't have a right of way.

See also

International regulations

  • Colreg Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • CEVNI United Nations - ECE- European code for inland waterways