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Opinion: Adaptable toilet facilities

Inquiry: 

96-16

Subject: 

Adaptable toilet facilities

Code:

1994 UBC Section 1105.2.2 exception

Submitted By:

RSP Architects 

Approved By:

Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official

Issue Date: 

October 14, 1996 

Question:  

The exception reads "A toilet facility for a single occupant and not for common or public use may be adaptable." How are these private single occupant toilet facilities required to be made adaptable? 

Answer:

Neither UBC Chapter 11 nor CABO/ANSI A117.1 - 1992 identify adaptable standards except when referring to dwelling units. However, adaptability is defined as "the capability of altering or adding to certain... elements... so as to accommodate the needs of persons with and without disabilities... ." Therefore, we suggest that adaptable toilet rooms consist of fixtures located with the same clear floor space dimensions and grab bar reinforcement as required for accessible toilet rooms.

Approved by Building Codes and Standards Access Committee September 26, 1996.

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