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Public-images-osm logo.svg access = no
No trespassing sign at the railway.jpg
The object is prohibited to be used by the general public. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Restrictions
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
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Status: in use


The access=no tag indicates that the object is not to be used by the general public, with stronger interdiction than the access=private tag. An example would be access roads into military or government facilities. At the entry point, these roads may have barrier=bollards, a barrier=gate, or another type of barrier.

access=no, as any other access=* value may be overridden by more specific access tags. See access=* to see in detail how access restrictions are defined. E.g. a road tagged access=no and psv=yes generally withdraws any legal right of way but permits public service vehicles. A routing program in psv mode may use this way.

Note that difference between access=no and access=private is subtle and may not be applied by many mappers.

illegal objects

Illegal railway crossing (with "illegal railway crossing, 2 people died here and 2 were injured" sign). Such highway=footway needs access=no to make clear that it should not be used, for example, in routing.

This tag is a proper method to mark existing objects such as path as existing but illegal to use. It includes illegal railway crossings, illegal paths through nature reserves etc. Such objects can be mapped but should be tagged as illegal to use by adding access=no.


Rendering-highway privat.png

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