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Public-images-osm logo.svg boundary = place
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Boundary of a place=* Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Boundaries
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: in use


boundary=place is commonly used to map the boundaries of a place=*, when these boundaries can be defined but these are not administrative boundaries. The tag is generally used to map the boundaries of parts of settlements such as suburbs, quarters and neighbourhoods, in addition to the use of a node with place=* at the centre. Caution: not all named places have verifiable boundaries - in that case, the boundary should not be mapped in OpenStreetMap.

How to map

On the relation:


On member ways making up the relation†:


† When a way is being shared as an administrative boundary relation (boundary=administrative), and a place boundary relation, tag that member way with boundary=administrative. Both boundaries types are implied.

The place=* node of the place can be added as role label to the relation to connect both.


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