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The maximum height in metres as legally prescribed Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)may be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

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Before eventually applying this tag, please read carefully through the page and look at the usage numbers it has acquired since 2009

The maximum height in metres. Note that this tag has almost the same definition as the far more popular maxheight=*, minor difference is that sometimes maxheight=* is also applied in cases without a signposted maxheight.

maxheight:legal expresses a legal height limit for using the way to which the tag is added. If no unit is included, the value is assumed to be in metres.



This tag is not very widely diffused, not supported by rendering and likely not by many routing software, and should therefor be used together with maxheight=* to be safe.

A proposal for this tag was rejected. See Proposed features/clearance

Before deleting

Before anybody screams DELETE let me explain. I know this tag is controversial, and after the vote rejection of this tag I created this page, to document my usage of the tag. I put up the suggestion and entered a vote process to let others have a say and maybe improve a tag I was intending to use. OSM have a long time encouraged people to document tags they use, though not necessary linked from Map Features. Some time after I made this page it was deleted by an user, and replaced a redirect to a new proposal.

See also

  • maxheight:physical=* for when a physical barrier (as opposed to, e.g. the law) limits the height of traffic using the way.
  • maxheight=*
  • access=* for other access restrictions