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Restroom ​Access Act​

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​Authorized by Assembly Bill 1632 (Statutes​​ of 2022) and codified in the California Health and Safety Code, Division 104, Part 15, Chapter 2, Article 6, Section 118700, the Restroom Access Act requires a place of business open to the public for the sale of goods that has a toilet facility for its employees to allow any individual who has an eligible medical condition or uses an ostomy device, is lawfully on the premises of that place of business, and requires immediate access to a toilet facility to use the employee toilet facility, even if the place of business does not normally make the employee toilet facility available to the general public.

Eligible medical conditions include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, other inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, or any other medical condition that requires immediate access to a toilet facility. A violation of this code is subject to a civil penalty of up to $100.

Businesses are permitte​d to require the individual to present reasonable evidence of an eligible medical condition or use of an ostomy device. To satisfy this requirement, the California Department of Public Health has developed a downloadable wallet card and form for the individual to complete with their health care provider. Local health departments are encouraged to include these links on their local webpages.​

Restroom Access Form (PDF)

Restroom Access Wallet Card (PDF)​​

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