FAQs: Accessible Restrooms
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.
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.
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.
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.