When restrooms are open to the public, they must be accessible to people with disabilities:
  •  If rest rooms are available to the public, is at least one restroom (either one for each sex, or unisex) fully accessible?
  • Are there signs at inaccessible rest rooms that give directions to accessible ones?
  • Is there tactile signage identifying restrooms?
  • Are pictograms or symbols used to identify restrooms and, if used, are raised characters and Braille included below the symbols?
  • Is the doorway at least 32" clear?
  • Are doors equipped with accessible handles (operable with a closed fist), 48" high or less?
  • Can doors be opened easily (five lb. maximum force)?
  • Does the entry configuration provide adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair?
    • Note: A person using a wheelchair needs 36" of clear width for forward movement, and a 5' diameter clear space or a t-shaped space to make turns. A minimum distance of 48" clear of the door swing is needed between the two doors of an entry vestibule.
  • Is there a 36" wide path to all fixtures?
  • Is the stall door operable with a closed fist, inside and out?
  • Is there a wheelchair-accessible stall that has an area of at least 5' x 5', clear of the door swing, or is there a stall that is less accessible but that provides greater access than a typical stall (either 36" x 69" or 48" x 69")?
  • In the accessible stall, are there grab bars behind and on the sidewall nearest to the toilet?
  • Is the toilet seat 17" to 19" high?
  • Does one lavatory have a 30" wide by 48" deep clear space in front?
    • Note: A maximum of 19" of the required depth may be under the lavatory
  • Is the lavatory rim no higher than 34"?
  • Is there at least 29" from the floor to the bottom of the lavatory apron (excluding pipes)?
  • Can the faucet be operated with one closed fist?
  • Are soap, other dispensers, and hand dryers within reach ranges and usable with one closed fist?
    • Note reach ranges: The maximum height for a side reach is 48"; for a forward reach, 48". The minimum reachable height is 15" for a front approach and 9" for a side approach.
  • Is the mirror mounted with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface 40" high or lower?
Further Information
For more information regarding these guidelines, please contact Building Services or call us at 563.589.4150.