Single-Occupancy Restrooms Must Be Gender Neutral

Effective January 1, 2020, public single-occupancy restrooms and facilities located in public buildings, including public schools, must be labeled as “all gender.”

On July 26, 2019, Public Act 101-0165 amended the Equitable Restroom Act, providing additional guidance on public single-occupancy restroom facilities, as well as single-occupancy facilities in public buildings and buildings of public accommodations. The law applies to both current restroom facilities and future facilities.

Single-occupancy restrooms are defined as those intended to be used by one user at a time, in a fully enclosed space, with a lock controlled by the user. A single-user facility may also be used by a family or in assisted care. The restroom must contain a toilet, a sink and not more than one urinal. The amended law requires that effective January 1, 2020, these facilities must have exterior signage that indicates use by all genders and single-occupancy (as well as assisted- or family-use).

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