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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = customs
Using this tag is discouraged, use office=government + government=customs instead. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: amenities
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: deprecated

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This feature has been labeled as deprecated. The recommended replacement is: office=government + government=customs.
The reason is documented in Deprecated features. You are still free to continue to use or interpret this tag as you see fit since OpenStreetMap does not have “banned features”.
Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the automated edits code of conduct. Any such change will be reverted.


Customs is an authority or agency in a country responsible for collecting and safeguarding customs duties and for controlling the flow of goods including animals, personal effects and hazardous items in and out of a country. Depending on local legislation and regulations, the import or export of some goods may be restricted or forbidden, and the customs agency enforces these rules.[1] The customs LEBA may be different from the immigration authority, which monitors persons who leave or enter the country, checking for appropriate documentation, apprehending people wanted by international arrest warrants, and impeding the entry of others deemed dangerous to the country.

In other words, A structure near or at an international boundary where travelers and vehicles crossing the border are inspected.


amenity=customs – could be used on the node or on the area.

When used as a node, it should represent a building and be placed near the road. Use any necessary barrier=* directly on the road to mark the access control.

When used as an area, the additional objects placed on its territory (building=* and any other amenity=*, such as parking zone) should be individually mapped

Use name=* if it is known.

See also