Beginning January 1st, 2017, Local Law 79 of 2016 requires single occupancy bathrooms in New York City to be available for men or women. Single occupancy bathrooms are defined as “a toilet room with no more than one water closet and no more than one urinal.” Bars are exempt if they have occupancy of 150 or less people and one single occupancy bathroom for men and one for women. (more...)
The DOB released new bathroom prototypes as Rule 1101-01. These prototypes serve as accessibility alternatives for buildings undergoing renovation and occupied on or before March 13, 1991. Buildings that cannot implement the prototypes are subject to the current accessibility standards for bathrooms, outlined in Chapter 11 of the 2014 Building Code.
Prior to the 2014 code, multiple dwellings with bathrooms undergoing renovations were not required to abide by current accessibility standards unless the building was going through a use change. (more...)
Before the proliferation of water bottles, drinking fountains were relied upon to quench one’s thirst. But water fountains aren’t thoughtlessly installed into buildings. The New York City Plumbing Code has clear-cut laws on access to water and water fountains.
Drinking fountains are required almost everywhere. According to the New York City Plumbing Code table 403.1, water fountains are required in all businesses, educational facilities, factories, hospitals, prisons, daycare centers, shopping centers, hotels, and storage areas. (more...)