NEW CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRING GENDER-NEUTRAL SINGLE USER BATHROOMS (AB 1732)
California recently adopted a gender-neutral single-occupancy restroom law to ensure safety, fairness and convenience. Compliance is simply a matter of changing the sign on a restroom door.
AB 1732Effective March 1, 2017, all single-occupancy restrooms in any California business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency must be identified as "all gender" and be universally accessible. This new law applies to toilet facilities with no more than one water closet and one urinal and with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.
EQUAL RESTROOM ACCESS ACTThe law authorizes inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance during any inspection. (See California Health and Safety Code section 118600(b).) Therefore, it is imperative that business owners immediately change all signage used for their single-user restrooms to ensure none are designated as male or female only. Although the law does not set forth specific penalties, failure to comply exposes the business to potential litigation.