Tag:service=driveway

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Description
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
Used on these elements
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).

Usage

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

A pipestem or shared driveway leads away from a main road toward several houses, each with their own shorter driveways. Pipestems are common in rural areas and planned suburban residential developments in the United States. Maintenance of the pipestem is typically the joint responsibility of all the homeowners of that particular pipestem. Pipestems may be named, but historically they have typically been unnamed. As of 2019, most pipestems are simply tagged highway=service with no service=* tag. However, some mappers tag pipestems explicitly, either using service=driveway driveway=pipestem or service=pipestem.