Activating user-defined cost allocation tags - AWS Billing

Activating user-defined cost allocation tags

For tags to appear on your billing reports, you must activate them. Your user-defined cost allocation tags represent the tag key, which you activate in the Billing and Cost Management console. Once you activate or deactivate the tag key, it will affect all tag values that share the same tag key. A tag key can have multiple tag values. You can also use the UpdateCostAllocationTagsStatus API operation to activate your tags in bulk. For more information, see the AWS Billing and Cost Management API Reference.

To activate your tag keys
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Billing and Cost Management console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Cost allocation tags.

  3. Select the tag keys that you want to activate.

  4. Choose Activate.

After you create and apply user-defined tags to your resources, it can take up to 24 hours for the tag keys to appear on your cost allocation tags page for activation. It can then take up to 24 hours for tag keys to activate.

For an example of how tag keys appear in your billing report with cost allocation tags, see Viewing a cost allocation report.

About the awsApplication tag

The awsApplication tag will be automatically added to all resources that are associated with applications that are set up in AWS Service Catalog AppRegistry. This tag is automatically activated for you as a cost allocation tag. Use this tag to analyze the costs trends for your application and its resources.

You can deactivate the awsApplication tag, but this will affect the cost reporting for the application. If you deactivate the tag, it won’t be automatically activated again. To manually activate the tag, use the Billing console or the UpdateCostAllocationTagsStatus API operation.

The awsApplication tag doesn’t count towards your cost allocation tag quota. For more information about quotas and restrictions for cost allocation tags, see Quotas and restrictions. For more information about AppRegistry, see the AWS Service Catalog AppRegistry Administrator Guide.