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Private road - sign - geograph.org.uk - 1300550.jpg
The way is not to be used by the general public. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Restrictions
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

The access=private tag is generally used in combination with the road network tags to indicate that the road is not to be used by the general public, and on other facilities. Access is only with permission on an individual basis.

Road usage

Common use is for private objects like a private road. For example, adding access=private marks a driveway (tagged as highway=service + service=driveway) as private.

Routing programs are able to detect this tag, and know to avoid these roads when routing.

See access=* for an overview of access tagging and also UK public rights of way for the legal situation in the United Kingdom.


The value indicates that access is allowed only for a closed group of users, such as employees of a company, members of an association or club, or individuals.

Examples for the access=private tag include:

Relation to access=no

Sometimes access=no is described as stronger version of access=private. This may be not applied by many mappers.