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Describes the properties of a fence. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Barriers
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: in use


The key fence_type=* describes the properties of a fence.

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Add this tag to an already existing fence.

This tag must be used in combination with barrier=fence.

Proposal "Fence attributes"

Currently, this tag mixes function, construction type and material of fences. You may refer to Proposed features/Fence attributes for a more structured tagging schema based on fence:type=*.


Value Comment Photo
barbed_wire Barbed wire fence. A type of fencing wire constructed with sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strands. Razor Wire Bunch.JPG
bars A fence made of (usually metal) bars. Metal Fence (27820851).jpg
chain You are encouraged to no longer use this tag as the former definition was confusing. Instead use barrier=chain or barrier=fence + fence_type=chain_link.
chain_link A chain-link fence (also referred to as wire netting, wire-mesh fence, chain-wire fence, cyclone fence, hurricane fence or diamond-mesh fence) is a type of woven fence usually made from galvanized or polyethylene-coated steel wire. Chain-link.jpg
concrete A fence made of blocks or special geometry concrete, it maybe opaque or hollow.
Consider using material=concrete instead
Seeboden Kraut Rumpler 2012 a.jpg Waziers - Presbytères français et polonais de l'église Notre-Dame des Mineurs de Waziers (32).JPG
corrugated_metal Light steel sheets with linear corrugated pattern (wavy, trapezoidal, etc). Забор из профнастила.jpg
electric Electric fence. A barrier that uses electric shocks to deter animals or people from crossing a boundary. XN Electrical insulation Electric fence 00.jpg
metal A fence mainly made of metal. This is a broad definition. Maybe in conflict with 'railing'
Consider using material=metal instead
Alexander Garden Gates2.JPG
pole A fence mainly made of simple poles. Zaun Freilichtmuseum Salzburg 02.JPG
railing A railing for example at the edge of a bridge to prevent persons or vehicles from falling down. Often made of metal or wood. Guildford, Curling Vale - - 704434.jpg
roundpole A roundpole fence is a wooden fence typical of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. It is normally made from unbarked and unsplit youngish trees. Wooden pole fence.JPG
split_rail Split-rail or log fence. A type of fence constructed out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails. Split rail fencing.jpg
wire A fence mainly made of wire. The meanwhile electrified version of 'electric' Spike on welded wire mesh fence.jpg
wood A fence mainly made of wood. This is a broad definition, it may be logs or planks.
Consider using material=wood instead
Wooden Fence - - 1499882.jpgJägerzaun.jpg
krest Typical metalic pedestrian fence PO-1 "Krest". Used in cities of Russia for fencing around crossings. Fence PO-1 Krest. Saint Peterburg.jpg
User defined All commonly used values on Taginfo.

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