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California Building Code Excerpt

Section 11B-603 Toilet and Bathing Rooms

Code excerpt regarding technical requirements for toilet and bathing rooms: clearances, mirrors and other accessories, and guest room facilities.

11B-603 Toilet and bathing rooms

11B-603.1 General. Toilet and bathing rooms shall comply with Section 11B-603.

11B-603.2 Clearances. Clearances shall comply with Section 11B-603.2.

11B-603.2.1 Turning space. Turning space complying with Section 11B-304 shall be provided within the room.

Note that the turning space must be provided within the room, not specifically within the wheelchair accessible compartment. The turning space should be located outside of the wheelchair accessible compartment so that a wheelchair user can turn around (if the wheelchair accessible compartment is in use or if they are only using a lavatory) without requiring them to enter the wheelchair accessible compartment.

11B-603.2.2 Overlap. Required clear floor spaces, clearance at fixtures, and turning space shall be permitted to overlap.

11B-603.2.3 Door swing. Doors shall not swing into the clear floor space or clearance required for any fixture. Doors to accessible water closet compartments shall be permitted to encroach into the turning space without limitation. Other than doors to accessible water closet compartments, a door, in any position, shall be permitted to encroach into the turning space by 12 inches (305 mm) maximum.

Exceptions:

  1. Reserved.
  2. Where the toilet room or bathing room is for individual use and a clear floor space complying with Section 11B-305.3 is provided within the room beyond the arc of the door swing, doors shall be permitted to swing into the clear floor space or clearance required for any fixture.
  3. In residential dwelling units complying with Section 11B-233.3.1.1, doors shall be permitted to swing over the turning space without limitation.

Advisory 11B-603.2.3 Door swing. The door to the accessible water closet compartment may swing over the turning space without limitation. Other doors may swing over the turning space up to 12 inches.

11B-603.3 Mirrors. Mirrors located above lavatories or countertops shall be installed with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface 40 inches (1016 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground. Mirrors not located above lavatories or countertops shall be installed with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface 35 inches (889 mm) maximum above the finish floor or ground.

Advisory 11B-603.3 Mirrors. A single full-length mirror can accommodate a greater number of people, including children. In order for mirrors to be usable by people who are ambulatory and people who use wheelchairs, the top edge of mirrors should be 74 inches (1880 mm) minimum from the floor or ground.

11B-603.4 Coat hooks, shelves and medicine cabinets. Coat hooks shall be located within one of the reach ranges specified in Section 11B-308. Shelves shall be located 40 inches (1016 mm) minimum and 48 inches (1219 mm) maximum above the finish floor. Medicine cabinets shall be located with a usable shelf no higher than 44 inches (1118 mm) maximum above the finish floor.

11B-603.5 Accessories. Where towel or sanitary napkin dispensers, waste receptacles, or other accessories are provided in toilet facilities, at least one of each type shall be located on an accessible route. All operable parts, including coin slots, shall be 40 inches (1016 mm) maximum above the finish floor.

Exception: Baby changing tables are not required to comply with Section 11B-603.5.

11B-603.6 Guest room toilet and bathing rooms. Toilet and bathing rooms within guest rooms that are not required to provide mobility features complying with Section 11B-806.2 shall provide all toilet and bathing fixtures in a location that allows a person using a wheelchair measuring 30 inches by 48 inches (762 mm by 1219 mm) to touch the wheelchair to any lavatory, urinal, water closet, tub, sauna, shower stall and any other similar sanitary installation, if provided.