Bill Text

PDF |Add To My Favorites |Track Bill | print page

AB-2994 Building standards: public restroom stalls: disability access.(2017-2018)

SHARE THIS:share this bill in Facebookshare this bill in Twitter
Date Published: 06/22/2018 04:00 AM
AB2994:v96#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  June 21, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2994


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 16, 2018


An act to amend Section 19952.5 of, and to add Section 18941.12 to, to the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2994, as amended, Holden. Building standards: public restrooms: grab bars: ambulatory accessible toilet compartments. restroom stalls: disability access.
The California Building Standards Law provides for the adoption of building standards by state agencies by requiring all state agencies that adopt or propose any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval or adoption.
This bill would require the commission, in the next triennial adoption process of the California Building Standards Code, to adopt standards requiring newly constructed public restrooms to be equipped with grab bars. Division of the State Architect to review the existing disability access standards for public restroom stalls and to develop and propose to the commission for consideration updated standards on the required number of ambulatory accessible stalls in public restrooms.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Building Standards Code require that specified buildings, structures, and facilities be accessible to, and usable by, persons with disabilities. Existing law requires a person and specified others that own or manage a commercial place of public amusement, as defined, that is constructed or renovated, as specified, after a certain date to install and maintain at least one adult changing station, as defined.

This bill would also require a commercial place of public amusement newly constructed on or after January 1, 2025, to include the installation and maintenance of an ambulatory accessible toilet compartment that meets the standards set forth in the most recent edition of the California Building Standards Code, as specified.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 18941.12 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

18941.12.
 The Division of the State Architect shall review the accessibility standards for public restrooms and shall, as part of the next triennial update of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2020, develop and propose for consideration by the commission updated standards on the number of required ambulatory accessible stalls in public restrooms.

SECTION 1.Section 18941.12 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
18941.12.

The commission shall, commencing with the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2019, adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards that require newly constructed public restrooms to be equipped with grab bars. The standards adopted shall conform to the current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and applicable state requirements.

SEC. 2.Section 19952.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
19952.5.

(a)A person, private firm, organization, or corporation that owns or manages a commercial place of public amusement shall install and maintain at least one adult changing station for persons with a physical disability that is accessible to both men and women when the facility is open to the public, if either of the following occur:

(1)The commercial place of public amusement is newly constructed on or after January 1, 2020.

(2)(A)When an existing commercial place of public amusement is renovated on or after January 1, 2025, and requires a permit or the estimated cost of the renovation is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more.

(B)A commercial place of public amusement with an enclosed restroom facility or other similar private facility with an adult changing table in use before January 1, 2025, shall be deemed to comply with this paragraph.

(b)A facility shall ensure that the entrance to each adult changing station has conspicuous signage indicating the location of the station, and, if the facility has a central directory, shall ensure that the central directory indicates the location of the adult changing station.

(c)A commercial place of public amusement that is newly constructed on or after January 1, 2025, shall include the installation and maintenance of an ambulatory accessible toilet compartment that meets the standards set forth in the most recent edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations).

(d)

For purposes of this section, all of the following definitions shall apply:

(1)“Commercial place of public amusement” means an auditorium, convention center, cultural complex, exhibition hall, permanent amusement park, sports arena, or theater or movie house for which the maximum occupancy is determined to be 2,500 or more people. “Commercial place of public amusement” does not include any public or private higher education facility or district agricultural association.

(2)“Adult changing station” means an adult changing table placed within an enclosed restroom facility or other similar private facility that is for use by persons with physical disabilities who need help with diapering.

(3)“Physical disability” means a mental or physical disability, as described in Section 12926 of the Government Code.