Austin’s gender-neutral bathroom rules go into effect

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom
A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — All businesses in Austin with ‘single-use’ restrooms must now have gender-neutral bathrooms. City council members passed the new ordinance last year.

The rules dictate all businesses must also install gender-neutral signs for the bathrooms. The requirements don’t apply to restroom facilities with multiple stalls.

“The city’s adoption of these new regulations are the result of a national campaign by the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) organization to bring attention to gendered restroom facilities which can present uncomfortable and dangerous situations for the gender non-conforming community,” the city said in a statement.

Code enforcement hasn’t started writing tickets just yet. City officials want to put in place a full education plan before they start fining businesses. Enforcement of the law will be complaint-driven from people who file a report with 3-1-1.

Austin joins Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in adopting the new bathroom rules. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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