FAQs: Accessible Restrooms

If I'm altering a tenant space in an existing office building and an accessible toilet room is provided on the floor below, do I need to upgrade the restrooms on my floor?

Yes. The building code requires that the accessible route to the altered area be upgraded, this includes the restrooms and drinking fountain that serve that area.

Is the private toilet room for the CEO of my company required to be accessible?

No. However, the room is required to be adaptable for future conversion to an accessible toilet room. For instance, walls must be reinforced for future grab bars.

When upgrading the toilet facilities of an office building, can I provide a single user toilet room rather than upgrading the existing multi-user restroom?

This is only permissible if upgrading the existing restroom requires the removal of a structural system member which is integral to the building’s structural integrity and the existing number of fixtures must be maintained.

Is the second floor restroom of a building without an elevator required to be accessible?

Yes. The building code does not provide exemptions for this condition. While accessible restrooms are designed to accommodate a wheelchair user, not all disabled persons are wheelchair-bound.

More Questions?

Please contact Building Plan Review via e-mail or telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711 or consult the Accessibility Fundamentals publication.

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