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Gender Neutral Bathroom ADA Signs

Gender Neutral, All Gender, Transgender Restroom/Bathroom ADA and California Title 24 and AB 1732 Compliant Signage

Even before the Supreme Court made same sex marriage the law of the land, there has been an ongoing conversation, both within the LGBT community and without, on how best to include all people under the ADA guidelines for accessible bathrooms. California schools and other government agencies began using gender neutral wording and symbols on restroom signs, and businesses throughout the country have taken the lead in adopting non-restrictive ADA signage for restrooms, showers and other sanitary facilities. For several years ADA Sign Depot has been manufacturing a line of gender neutral restroom signs and developing new designs for better expressing the fundamental reason for ADA law: accessibility for everyone, without exclusion.

 



Who Benefits from Gender Neutral Bathrooms? It's Not Just About the LGBT and Transgender Community.

  • Parents/caregivers whose children are a different gender from them
  • People with caregivers or personal attendants who are a different gender from them
  • Other people may also benefit specifically from single-occupancy bathrooms, such as people who are extremely introverted, people who are breastfeeding or have other needs for privacy, and so on
  • People who are uncomfortable in men’s or women’s rooms for many reasons; for example, people who are not women or men and/or people who are gender nonconforming

California Assembly Bill No. 1732

AB 1732 requires single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation to be universally accessible to all genders by March 1, 2017.

BACKGROUND: Assembly Bill 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was signed into law on September 29, 2016, to create Health and Safety Code Section 118600, relating to the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities.

Download California Division of State Architect Bulletin BU 17-01: Identification of Single User Toilet Facilties as All Gender

Health and Safety Code Section 118600 requires:

(a) All single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency shall be identified as all-gender toilet facilities by signage that complies with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use.

(b) During any inspection of a business or a place of public accommodation by an inspector, building official, or other local official responsible for code enforcement, the inspector or official may inspect for compliance with this section.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “single-user toilet facility” means a toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.

(d) This section shall become operative on March 1, 2017.

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California Assembly Bill No. 1732

This bill would, commencing March 1, 2017, require all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, as specified. The bill would authorize inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance with these provisions during any inspection.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Article 5 (commencing with Section 118600) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 15 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article 5. Single-User Restrooms

118600. (a) All single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency shall be identified as all-gender toilet facilities by signage that complies with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use.

(b) During any inspection of a business or a place of public accommodation by an inspector, building official, or other local official responsible for code enforcement, the inspector or official may inspect for compliance with this section.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “single-user toilet facility” means a toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.

(d) This section shall become operative on March 1, 2017.


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