Tag:barrier=fence

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Public-images-osm logo.svg barrier = fence
Zaun Freilichtmuseum Salzburg 02.JPG
Description
A freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary, generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Barrier fence mapnik.png
Group: Barriers
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Implies
Useful combination
See also
Wikidata
Status: approvedPage for proposal

A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction.

How to map

Draw a way along the barrier location. This tag may be used either on a way or on a closed way.

For general information on how to map fences and associated features see barriers.

You may also add:

  • height=* If you know the height of the fence.
  • fence_type=* To detail the material or the properties of the fence.

To place an entrance in the fence, use barrier=gate etc. (see list of documented values) on a node of the way (or, less commonly, on a micromapped segment of the fence).

Fence or wall

The Wikipedia page for Fence notes that "a fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length."

The page for Wall leaves the distinction more open with "The conventional differentiation is that a fence is of minimal thickness and often open in nature, while a wall is usually more than a nominal thickness and is completely closed, or opaque. More to the point, an exterior structure of wood or wire is generally called a fence—but one of masonry is a wall."

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