Talk:Key:shelter type

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IMHO shelter_type=weather_shelter means the same as lean_to. What tag is better to use? --Rudolf 15:06, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

lean_to is also used as a value für shelter_type according to taginfo: --Flaimo 15:50, 28 November 2011 (UTC)
Lean-tos have very different standard, some serving only as weather shield, others with a hard floor suitable for comfortable sleep. Here are pictures of lean-tos that can be used on this page if wanted: (I'm the photographer). vibrog 17:50, 28 November 2011 (UTC)
The proposal Proposed features/Lean to was rejected. It was suggested to use amenity=shelter with optional shelter_type=lean_to instead. So I added this value.--Rudolf 07:55, 7 May 2012 (BST)


why do we need specify the type of shelter 'public_transport' if there is still a scheme of 'public_transport=platform + shelter=yes'? ==dr&mx 22:15, 10 April 2012 (BST)

you only use shelter=yes if you don't know the exact location of the shelter (for example due to lack of satellite images). if you know the exact spot, tag it with amenity=shelter+shelter_type=public_transport. blind people using an audio navigation system will thank you. --Flaimo 17:03, 3 May 2012 (BST)

architectural properties

If this is to describe the type of usage, rather than architectural properties, how shall I map architectural properties? E.g. something like this --Wieland 22:00, 11 May 2012 (BST)

I suggest to use shelter_type=picnic_shelter. --Rudolf 06:50, 6 June 2012 (BST)

Proposal for new value=basic_hut

In Proposed features/Basic hut was suggested, to include the rejected feature tourism=basic_hut as new feature in shelter_type.
What do you think about shelter_type=basic_hut?
The description could be the same as in the proposal for basic_hut. Up to day these huts are mainly mapped with amenity=shelter. --Rudolf 06:43, 6 June 2012 (BST)

Proposed rendering for key:shelter_type

This is a modified proposal from Proposed features/wilderness mountain buildings#Rendering.

  • The public transport icon looks like a men's restroom to me   /al 08:22, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Delete shelter_type=wildlife_hide

IMHO the value wildlife_hide don't fit to amenity=shelter.
Today shelter_type=wildlife_hide is used 72 times. The tag man_made=wildlife_hide is used 77 times. The tag leasure=wildlife_hide is used 10 times.
I think that this similars the tag leisure=bird_hide which is used 692 times. I suggest to move the value wildlife_hide to leisure=*. This combination is already in use. What do you think? --Rudolf 08:20, 14 June 2012 (BST)

I oppose: A wildlife_hide is primarily a shelter. I used wildlife hides as a weather shelter in the past. But its possible to use both. --unixasket 20:47, 19.06.2012 (CEST)
The expression wildlife_hide describe the usage of a a structure, not the type of a structure. To observe wild in the nature you can use a shelter, a hunting stand, a ruin, a tower, a platform on a tree ... and any kind of camouflage. To tag a usage you can use leisure=* , as it is used for leisure=bird_hide several hundred times. I don't see the reason to use wildlife_hide and bird_hide in different manners. It is no problem to tag a shelter or any kind of building with the additional leisure=wildlife_hide. --Rudolf 07:24, 20 June 2012 (BST)
OK: It's possible and makes sense to use both: amenity=shelter and leisure=wildlife_hide. The first describes the building, the second the intended use. If there is a wildlife hide thats not a shelter (for example only some sort of camouflage) then its only leisure=wildlife_hide. Extra Tagging as shelter is useful because if you are not interested in wildlife watching, then the shelter can be a weather shelter or just a navigational point and its not always obvious that a shelter is a wildlife_hide. --unixasket 09:46, 20.06.2012 (CEST)

I delete the tag shelter_type=wildlife_hide today and suggest to use leisure=wildlife_hide as additional tag. --Rudolf 07:25, 21 June 2012 (BST)


Added field_shelter, according to a discussion in tagging mailing list: [1] --Viking81 (talk) 22:36, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

shleter or not shelter ?

Can you look if this could be tagged as a shelter ?,_%C3%A9craigne.jpg Tounoki (talk) 14:16, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

If it is open to the public, not meant for sleeping, no cooking or heating equipement inside, then yes, you could use amenity=shelter + shelter=weather_shelter sletuffe (talk) 11:36, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

above the ground dugout for sport

What to use for above the ground dugout for sport? These look almost like bus stopts or public transport stops or are sometimes simply a park bench with three walls of sheet iron and a sheet iron roof, see and and Is this a new type of shelter? I think so. --Pander (talk) 07:37, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Shelter from the Sun

A shelter providing shade from the sun.

Here in Western Australia we often have shelters that offer shade from the sun. These types of shelters offer very little protection against weather such as rain, as the sides are open and the roof is designed only for providing shade; you’d get wet in a drizzle, and soaked in a thunderstorm. So it doesn’t qualify as a weather_shelter, and it isn’t a picnic_shelter either. None of the shelter types defined thus far fit. To map these structures for what they are on the ground a new shelter type is needed.

Any objections to add a new type of sun_shelter? --S2374 15:10, 24 June 2014‎

No objections from me. --Rudolf (talk) 15:35, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Shelter_type=smoking etc ?

I wanted to tag a shelter as a smoking shelter. According to taginfo this key has already been used. Any comments ? You could say, similar to what is the case for a wildlife shelter than the use does not say anything about how it is formed, and should be tagged separately. However a smoking shelter will for many become more or less unusable for other purposes. People who need shelter but do not intend to smoke will just visit the facility that erected the smoking shelter, as it will usually be less than 30 meters away. MortenLange (talk) 16:40, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

Ah, there is also : Tag:amenity=smoking_area MortenLange (talk) 16:54, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

Shopping cart 'shelter'

Should a shopping cart bay (amenity=trolley_bay) with a roof be classified as a type of shelter? I added shelter_type=shopping_cart as a possible tagging mistake with a reference to amenity=trolley_bay, but maybe they should be complementary? What do you think? (There's also trolley:parking=covered which kind of means the same thing) --Woazboat (talk) 19:09, 10 July 2021 (UTC)

I would not treat it as a shelter, because its main use is not to provide shelter. --Ze0zohk1 (talk) 19:16, 10 July 2021 (UTC)

Difference between pavilion and gazebo

What is the exact difference between Pavilion and Gazebo? According to the texts in Wikipedia, both are pretty much the same.

Both are described there as a free-standing, roofed structure, usually open or to be opened all around.

According to information from home improvement websites, a Gazebo is usually octagonal or oval, has no walls, a fixed roof, and usually the prominent "second half-story" on the roof. A gazebo probably also usually has a good view. A Gazebo in my understand would looks like these: Image 1 or Image 2 In contrast, a pavilion is probably mostly rectangular, with no walls and equally fixed roof. A pavilion would be this?

Where are the exact differences for OSM?

Based on images and context of description it appears that maybe pavilion is more solidly build (masonry walls, windows) while gazebo is more likely to be lightweight without windows/enclosure? But not sure how consistent this is and may be better expressed by other tagging Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 18:45, 30 September 2022 (UTC)