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Group: restrictions
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Status: de factoPage for proposal

The tag access=permit indicates an area or feature which is open only to people who have obtained a permit granting them access. This tag should be used in cases where a permit is required, but is routinely granted to everyone requesting it. In cases where access to permit is obstructed it would be more appropriate to tag these areas access=private or access=no. So access=permit does not apply where permit is rarely granted, or only granted in exceptional circumstances, or if obtaining it is complex or there is a long waitlist.

Permit situations may be complex. A mapper on the ground encountering a "permit required" sign might consider initially tagging it as access=private, only later changing it to access=permit after researching the permit situation.

As usual with access values, it can be used with more specific transport modes, such as vehicle=permit or bicycle=permit

This would also apply to facilities signposted as "booking required" where they are ordinarily granted if not already booked at the requested timeslot.

Note that as of 2023 it is widely used as duplicate of access=private and sometimes other access situation and should not be expected to match originally intended meaning of people who started to use it[1].

See also

  1. discussion at US Slack - note that not everyone agrees with that conclusion https://osmus.slack.com/archives/C1US5SFUH/p1700255554134609