|highway = service|
|Generally for access to a building, service station, beach, campsite, industrial estate, business park, etc.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
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 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.
- name=* - optional
- service=*- to define a service way in more detail
|Service way for access to a fuel station||amenity=fuel
also an area with
and a way with
|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.
|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.
|An alley: A narrow road, alley or path between properties||highway=service
|A service road for emergency access||highway=service
Consider adding access permissions to the highway, such as access=no and emergency=yes.
Deprecated: highway=service for busways
Historically, highway=service has also been used to tag busways. This is deprecated because busways do not meet the definition of service roads given above. Generally, this tagging of busways should be replaced by one of the following, depending on the nature of the way:
This does not apply to those roads which do meet the definition of service roads above, even if only used by buses e.g. for access to a building, bus station, or parking and not for through-traffic as part of a busway. See highway=busway for more information and examples.
Be aware that not all OSM software supports highway=busway yet. Please coordinate the transition to the new tagging scheme with your local community.Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database without conforming to the Automated Edits code of conduct. Any such change will be reverted.
- highway=services—not to be mixed up with! Use highway=services on a node or area to create a POI.