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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = service
Generally for access to a building, service station, beach, campsite, industrial estate, business park, etc. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto


Generally for access to a building, service station, beach, campsite, industrial estate, business park, etc. This is also commonly used for access to parking, driveways, and alleys.

Note: This is not a tag for frontage road, sometimes called a service road. That should be tagged depending on what function the frontage road serves.

How to map

To map service ways create a way way and add the tag highway=service. To define a service way in more detail, see service=*.

Linear ways and areas

The tag highway=service predominantly describes a linear feature of a routable way. When mapped as a closed polygon without any further tagging, it describes a linear, circular way and not an area.

When the service road has an occasional widening, e.g. the paved area in an industrial estate, that can be mapped as a filled area by drawing a closed polygon, and adding area=yes. This area tag, however, should not be used to generally describe the shape or general width of a linear way, a few mappers use area:highway=service in addition to the linear way for this purpose.

Useful combinations


Description Tags Image
Service way for access to a fuel station amenity=fuel
also an area with
and a way with

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Subordinated service ways on a parking lot In an area with
often multiple ways with

The main ways on the parking lot, connecting multiple parking_aisle should be mapped with highway=service, only.

Parking lot at Norra Älvsborgs Länssjukhus (NÄL) 1.jpg
A driveway is a service road leading to a residence, property or place of business highway=service
Even if there are a few parking spots on the property, it remains a driveway.
Driveway to Gairnshiel Lodge - geograph.org.uk - 442952.jpg
176 Nile Street driveway garden.jpg
An alley: A narrow road, alley or path between properties highway=service
Alley melbourne.jpg
A service road for emergency access highway=service
Consider adding access permissions to the highway, such as access=no and emergency=yes.
Str 432 Berlin-Marienfelde Feuerwehrzufahrt.jpg
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See also