Unfortunately the current tagging of capacity on campsites is ambiguous at best. While on backcountry and scout sites capacity is often seen a the maximum number of persons allowed, on tourist sites mappers often tend to tag the number of pitches available for tents or caravans using this tag.

Thus following a recent discussion on the tagging mailinglist I changed this to be more consistent and similar to existing tags (caravans, tents).

I also changed the bugs view on to warn about the now obsoleted tags capacity and maxtents.

Now mappers should use the following tags instead:

capacity:persons for the maximum number of persons allowed to stay at a site if limited.

capacity:tents for the number of tent pitches available or maximum number of tents allowed.

capacity:caravans for the number of caravan pitches available or maximum number of caravans allowed.

I already changed this in the Wiki for German and English Language.

Please help me changing this in the Wiki for other languages as well.

I also need some help for fixing the localization of for French, Spanish an Russian language. Please contact me if you are a native speaker and can help me with a couple of sentences. Or just send a pull-request for the sourcecode at

Comment from giggls on 30 December 2020 at 12:25

Looking at taginfo I found out, that capacity:persons is an already established tag. So we should just use this one. I accordingly changed the blog-entry.

Comment from jonsger on 9 January 2021 at 14:38

Danke für das Engagement in diesem Bereich! Ich hab mein persönliches Tagging schon daran angepasst :)

Eine Baustelle sind noch die Tagging Voreinstellung, die u.a. von ID verwendet werden:

Da wird aktuell noch capacity verwendet, müsste man dann in die drei Subtypen spliten. Dann aber von Fields nach moreFields verschieben, sonst wirds zu unübersichtlich…

Comment from giggls on 9 January 2021 at 14:47

As I already wrote using capacity for campsites is a bad idea because the key is ambiguous.

Is this repo the right place to open an issue? Will you do so?

Comment from jonsger on 9 January 2021 at 14:53

I guess. So I will create a PR there…

Comment from tyr_asd on 15 December 2021 at 11:27

FYI: the PR was merged today and will soon be used in iD. Thanks for the the initiative and for your patience.

Comment from giggls on 15 December 2021 at 12:06


I wonder if we should also try to establish a capacity:pitches tag as an alternative to capacity:caravans and capacity:caravans.

The rationale behind this is that there are quite a lot of sites where only the number of pitches is counted and people with tents have to use one of those as well rather than a separate tent only area.

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