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Using TagOptions with Amazon Organizations tag policies

This topic provides a brief overview of tag policies for Amazon Organizations and TagOptions for Amazon Service Catalog. It also suggests how to prevent tagging conflicts when using both features simultaneously.

TagOptions for Amazon Service Catalog apply to provisioned products (CloudFormation stacks), while tag policies for Amazon Organizations apply to Amazon accounts and organizational units (OU) or an organizational root. For example, if you attach a tag policy to an OU, the same tag policy applies to all accounts in that OU. If you use both tagging features simultaneously, you should configure them so they won't conflict.

Tag policies

Tag policies allow you to define rules on how to use tags on Amazon resources in your accounts in Amazon Organizations. You can use tag policies to create and maintain a consistent approach for tagging Amazon resources at the account level.

Tag policies provide an easy way to ensure users apply consistent tags, audit tagged resources, and maintain proper resource categorization. You can also define how tag keys should be capitalized, and the values you want to permit. For example, you can require that all EC2 instances in an account must have a tag key set as CostCenter and values for that tag to be Data Insights or Marketing.

Tag policies enable you to select options to enforce tagging rules, prevent noncompliant operations for tags, and specify the resource types to which enforcement applies. If you don’t choose an enforcement option, tag polices let you create or mutate the noncompliant tags, but reports them as noncompliant in the Amazon Organizations console.

For more information on how to set up account level tagging enforcement, see Tag policies in Amazon Organizations.


TagOptions are a tagging feature that Amazon Service Catalog applies to provisioned products at the CloudFormation stack level if they’re applied to an associated product. Amazon Service Catalog provides a TagOptions library where you can define the key-value pairs to associate with your Amazon Service Catalog products. When you launch a Amazon Service Catalog product, you must choose TagOption values for the existing TagOption keys associated to that portfolio or product to launch that product. Because you set TagOptions at the portfolio or product levels, you can enforce a consistent taxonomy for tagging with portfolios shared across accounts and regions.

For more information on how to set up TagOptions in Amazon Service Catalog, see Amazon Service Catalog TagOption Library.

Avoiding conflicts between Amazon Organizations tag policies and Amazon Service Catalog TagOptions

If you configure Amazon Organizations tag policies for accounts in your organization, we recommend the following:

  • Share the requirements for conformant tags with administrators who also manage TagOptions for Amazon Service Catalog portfolios and products.

  • Share the requirements for conformant tags with end users who might launch products in Amazon Service Catalog and append optional end user tags to their product launches.

Suppose you want to launch a product in Amazon Service Catalog that uses the TagOption key city, and you have a tag policy that requires tag keys with city to have tag values of U.S cities, such as Atlanta, San Francisco, or Austin. Amazon Service Catalog does not allow you to launch a product without having selected TagOption values for the required TagOption keys for a product.

In this case, if you have TagOption values for the TagOption key city that include South American cities, such as Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, Amazon Service Catalog will not launch the product. Instead, you must select a TagOption value that includes a U.S. city during launch to comply with the tag policy.

The following table provides scenarios that describe how to resolve the tagging conflict issues you might encounter when using tag policies and TagOptions at the same time.

Scenario Reason Solution
Product fails to launch because of noncompliant tags if tag enforcement is checked in the tag policy. Specifying TagOptions with keys and values that you have not added to the allowed list of compliant tags in your tag policy.

Adding optional custom tags that are not conformant with your tag policy.

If you configure a specific capitalization schema in your tag policy tag key capitalization enforcement, ensure that your TagOptions tag keys and optional custom tag keys are consistent with what you've specified in your tag policy.

Note when the tag key capitalization enforcement box is unchecked in your tag policy, it results in all lowercase tag keys being compliant, and ensures your TagOptions tag keys and optional custom tag keys are consistent (such as all lowercase) with what you've required in your tag policy.

Product fails to launch due to nonconformant tag key capitalization. Specifying capitalization in the TagOptions keys that is inconsistent with your tag policy capitalization enforcement rules. Correctly configure your tag policies. If you don’t specify tag key capitalization compliance, the default tag key capitalization is all lowercase.

In addition, if you don’t specify tag key capitalization compliance in your tag policy, make sure your TagOptions tag keys in Amazon Service Catalog are all lowercase to comply to enforcement rules.

If you use a tag policy that doesn’t have capitalization compliance enabled, that tag policy only considers all lower case tag keys to be compliant.

Product fails to launch because of incompatible tag values. Selecting a TagOptions tag value for a product launch that is not in your tag policy Tag Value Compliance allowed list. Associate TagOptions to your products and portfolios that are consistent with what you've required in the list tag policy Tag Value Compliance allowed tag values.