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California Building Code Excerpt

Section 11B-211 Drinking Fountains

Code excerpt regarding scoping requirements for drinking fountains.

11B-211 Drinking fountains

11B-211.1 General. Where drinking fountains are provided on an exterior site, on a floor, or within a secured area they shall be provided in accordance with Section 11B-211.

Exception: In detention or correctional facilities, drinking fountains only serving holding or housing cells not required to comply with Section 11B-232 shall not be required to comply with Section 11B-211.

11B-211.2 Minimum number. No fewer than two drinking fountains shall be provided. When provided, one drinking fountain shall comply with Sections 11B-602.1 through 11B-602.6, 11B-602.8 and 11B-602.9 and one drinking fountain shall comply with Sections 11B-602.7 and 11B-602.9.

Exception: Where a single drinking fountain complies with Sections 11B-602.1 through 11B-602.9, it shall be permitted to be substituted for two separate drinking fountains.

Advisory 11B-211.2 Minimum number. The 2016 California Plumbing Code (CPC), Table 4-1 provides minimum plumbing fixture requirements for new buildings, and changes of occupancy or use in an existing building resulting in increased occupant load. CPC Table 4-1 should be consulted in conjunction with the requirements of this section.

For purposes of accessibility, a single “hi-lo” drinking fountain (a single fixture with two bowls at different heights or two separate fixtures installed in the same alcove or protected location) is considered a “single” drinking fountain. However, for purposes of plumbing fixture counts, the two separate bowls of the “hi-low” drinking fountain should be considered two drinking fountains (unless they are installed such that only one can be used at a time). This is similar to how certain elements are considered for accessibility requirements in a way that is different from other parts of the building standards code and regulations. For example, electric vehicle charging spaces are not considered parking spaces for purposes of accessible parking requirements in CBC Chapter 11B, but they are included in the count of total parking spaces for purposes of sustainable parking requirements in the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). As another example, the definition of “assembly area” is applied very broadly for accessibility requirements despite having a relatively narrow definition for other parts of the building code.

11B-211.3 More than minimum number. Where more than the minimum number of drinking fountains specified in Section 11B-211.2 are provided, 50 percent of the total number of drinking fountains provided shall comply with Sections 11B-602.1 through 11B-602.6, 11B-602.8 and 11B-602.9, and 50 percent of the total number of drinking fountains provided shall comply with Sections 11B-602.7 and 11B-602.9.

Exception: Where 50 percent of the drinking fountains yields a fraction, 50 percent shall be permitted to be rounded up or down provided that the total number of drinking fountains complying with Section 11B-211 equals 100 percent of drinking fountains.