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.