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Indicate if a special place can be used with wheelchairs. Edit or translate this description.
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This tag may be used to mark places or ways that are suitable to be used with a wheelchair and a person with a disability who uses another mobility device (like a walker). It should only be used if you are sure about it, this can either be because there's a special sign or because of personal experience/someone with a wheelchair told you. There are also a lot of other tags that can help to determine if the way is suitable for wheelchairs. If you are unsure, give more information in description=* or wheelchair:description:lang=*.

For a quick howto style mapping guide of other aspects of mapping for disabled users see the page how to map for the needs of people with disabilities.

Common values


Wheelchairs have full unrestricted access. Use this tag to mark a feature in the United States as compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • entry: stepless
  • rooms: stepless


Wheelchairs have partial access (e.g some areas can be accessed and others not, areas requiring assistance by someone pushing up a steep gradient).

  • entry: has a step but not higher than 7 cm / 3 inch ('width of a hand')
  • rooms: the most important rooms are stepless


Wheelchairs have no unrestricted access (e.g. stair only access).

  • entry: has a step higher than 7 cm / 3 inch
  • rooms: the important rooms are not accessible


The way or area is designated or purpose built for wheelchairs (e.g. elevators designed for wheelchair access only). This is rarely used.

Note: There is currently no default value for wheelchair access. The wheelchair=no tag should be used to explicitly indicate a way is not accessible.


Hanover tram system with (non-)wheelchair-symbols


if there are stairs and there is no ramp.

One may use also ramp:wheelchair=*.

(Hint: Always think of heavy electric wheelchairs that can not pass any steps.)


Public transport stops/platforms


You might want to provide the website=* of the operator=* if it has more detailed information.


if you have to ask for help or a key, or if not all theaters are reachable without steps. Give more information in the description key.

You might want to provide the website=* of the operator=* if it has more detailed information.



There are two kind of toilets:

Toilet that belongs to an amenity or a building

E.g. The toilet in a restaurant.


The location has one or more toilets which is accessible for wheelchair users.

The criteria for acceptable accessibility:

  • Doorway’s inner width min. 90 cm
  • Clear space min. 150 x 150 cm
  • Wheelchair-height toilet seat
  • Folding grab rails
  • Accessible hand basin

The location does not have a toilet which is accessible for wheelchair users.

Public toilet

E.g. Toilet which is provided by public authorities, for example in the park.

  • amenity=toilets
  • wheelchair=yes (if these are fully equipped with handrail, no steps, wide door etc. Also use yes if you only need to ask for a key)
  • wheelchair=limited (if the doors are wide and no steps)
  • wheelchair=no (if doors are not at least 60cm wide, if there are steps, if there are narrow curves or other barriers)
  • wheelchair:description:en=describe limits here

Public transport routes

  • wheelchair=yes (if all of the vehicles on the route can carry wheelchair)
  • wheelchair=limited (if some of the vehicles on the route can carry wheelchair)
  • wheelchair=no (if none of the vehicles on the route can carry wheelchair)

Example pictograms


Designated parking space

See how to map for the needs of people with disabilities#Designated_parking_space

Legal access, special conditions and fees

See the respective sections in how to map for the needs of people with disabilities

Data sources



  • wheelmap - Who take only wheelchair=* and not capacity:disabled=* another project to show wheelchair accessibility information on a map
  • OSM Query General POI finder. Wheelchair=yes and wheelchair=limited are rendered with icons.

See Also