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Public-images-osm logo.svg service = driveway
A driveway is a service road leading to a residence or business Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Highways
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should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: de facto

A driveway is a minor service road leading to a residential or business property. It typically branches from a bigger road and leads toward an entrance to a specific destination (building, etc.). It may end at or pass the entrance, but either way, it gets close to its destination. It is rare for a driveway to be the way to access another roadway (but see Pipestems below).


Use this tag on ways in conjunction with highway=service on a driveway, especially in the following scenarios:

  • Primarily provides direct access to a house, garage, or carport; a small number of parking spots may be available for occupants
  • Primarily provides space for picking up and dropping off passengers – also use covered=yes if it passes under a porte-cochère
  • Leads to a loading dock (amenity=loading_dock), potentially from a parking lot – however, service=alley may be more appropriate in some cases

When not to use this tag:

There is no defined default access tag for driveways, so data consumers have to guess if you do not add an access tag. Add access=private, access=permissive, access=customers etc. as appropriate.


Pipestems or shared driveways are common in planned residential developments in the United States, where a number of houses are located off a road (pipestem), each with their own driveways. These roads often end in a "cul-de-sac"/highway=turning_circle. Maintenance of the pipestem is typically the joint responsibility of all the homeowners of that particular pipestem. Pipestems aren't roads with a name. Some have tagged pipestems with this tag as well as driveway=pipestem; others have used service=pipestem instead.