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Réunion Maïdo kiosque pique-nique.JPG
A tag to refine an object mapped with amenity=shelter Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: amenities
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)
Documented values: 14
Status: approvedPage for proposal

To further refine an element tagged with amenity=shelter use shelter_type=*.

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Tags to use in combination


The list isn't fixed; it can be extended by additional values if needed. They should represent the type of usage, rather than describe architectural properties. Please discuss them in the comments before adding them to this page.

Value Photo Comment Count
basic_hut BivaccoBertoglioNebbia.jpg A basic hut is a small building located in the countryside intended to provide basic shelter and sleeping accommodation.

Consider to add the tag access=private if the hut is locked and can be used only with permission of the owner. Note: if it has a fireplace it should instead be tagged as tourism=wilderness_hut.

field_shelter Field shelter.jpg A field shelter is a building located in the countryside intended to provide shelter for animals (e.g., horses). In case of bad weather it could be used also by humans, if it is accessible.

Consider to add the tag access=* to specify its legal accessibility, especially access=private if people are not allowed to use it.

lean_to Adirondack Lean-to.jpg A lean-to is a shed with typically three walls located in the countryside primarily intended for camping.
gazebo Bamberg-Hain-Pavillion-P1180860.jpg A gazebo.
pavilion Obersiebenbrunn - Schloss, Gartenpavillon.JPG Pavilion
picnic_shelter Réunion Maïdo kiosque pique-nique.JPG A structure on picnic sites to protect from rain. Normally open to all sides. Also consider to add building=roof.
public_transport 02019 1048 (2) Bus station, Żywiecka street, Biała.jpg Small shelters found at stops/platforms along train or bus routes, common in bigger cities. For bigger objects there are in use building=transportation or building=train_station.
rock_shelter Rock shelter Papula.jpg A rock shelter is a shallow cave-like opening at the base of a bluff or cliff.
sun_shelter Shelter Providing Shade from the Sun.jpg A shelter designed to offer shade from the sun. Unlike shelter_type=weather_shelter, a sun shelter offers very little protection against weather such as rain, as the sides may be open and the roof is designed only for providing shade. Neither does it do anything to help picknicking, as a shelter_type=picnic_shelter would.
weather_shelter German-shelter-harz.jpg Used for small shelters in the mountains or alongside roads in the countryside. Primarily intended for short breaks only. In contrast to alpine huts or shelter_type=lean_to not meant as a place to sleep, eat or live, except for emergency cases (for example if a thunderstorm comes up). If shelter_type=* isn't mapped explicitly, shelter=* is interpreted as a weather shelter for backward compatibility.
wetterpilz Ruheplatz-Pilz.JPG A solitary and free-standing shelter.
user defined All commonly used values according to Taginfo.


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