Practices may be required to change restroom signage

Effective March 1, 2017, all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency must be identified as "all gender" and be universally accessible. The Equal Restroom Access Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, applies to toilet facilities with no more than one water closet and one urinal and with a locking mechanism controlled by the user. Therefore, employers and practice owners should change signage used for single-user restrooms to comply with the law.

A variety of all-gender signage is available for purchase but not all it complies with California law. The state of California requires the all-gender sign to have a geometric symbol that is an equilateral triangle superimposed onto a circle and the sign must be placed on the door. The symbol is not required to include pictograms, text or braille.

The law authorizes inspectors or other building or local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance.

Find more information in the Jan. 19 issue of the Department of the State Architect Bulletin and on the California Building Standards Commission website.

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