BCAB #1469 - Accessible Toilet Room, Clauses 18.104.22.168.(1)(d) & (e)
July 15, 1998
Re: Accessible Toilet Room, Clauses 22.214.171.124.(1)(d) & (e)
The project in question is a small national chain, fast-food restaurant. The occupant load dictates the need for one male and three female water closets. The proposed washroom layout includes a female washroom with 2 water closets, a male washroom with 1 water closet and a urinal and an accessible toilet room for people with disabilities.
Reason for Appeal
Clause 126.96.36.199.(1)(d) requires washrooms to be accessible and Clause (e) requires an additional accessible toilet room where the washrooms contain more than one water closet.
The appellant contends that the proposed washrooms exceed the requirements of the code. As a minimum the code would require an accessible male washroom with 1 water closet and an accessible female washroom with 3 water closets. The male washroom would meet the requirements of Clause 188.8.131.52.(1)(e) for an accessible toilet room. By adding a separate accessible toilet room with the attendant advantages described in the Appendix and the Building Access Handbook there should be no need to make both the other washrooms accessible as well. To do this would make accessible 3 out of the 5 water closets provided.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that where multiple water closets are provided in both washrooms Clauses 184.108.40.206.(1)(d) & (e) apply. This is supported by Building Standards Branch Interpretations #93-28 and #93-58.
Appeal Board Decision #1469
It is the determination of the Board that the proposed washroom design does not comply with Clauses 220.127.116.11.(1)(d) & (e).
George R. Humphrey, Chair