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Exhibition Place water garden locked gate.jpg
Used to mark a gate, barrier or other feature as locked and not. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: barriers
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: approvedPage for proposal

access=* is used to describe the legal permission to travel through a barrier but does not indicate in emergencies what the physical access is.

For example it can be very important to know if a gate on a roadway is usually locked and hence can't be accessed easily without obtaining the key or unlocked and can easily be opened/closed.

How to map

A key does not need to be a traditional key, it could be a contactless card, swipe card, or a PIN code.


  • A bicycle parking cage which requires a public transport card to open would be tagged locked=yes since you need a "key" in this case the swipe card to get inside. locked=yes does not make any comment on how widespread or easily obtainable the key is, just that you need a key.
  • A tourism=wilderness_hut for which you first have to retrieve the key somewhere would be tagged locked=yes.

See also

  • barrier:personnel=* which applies to barriers which have personnel to restrict access.