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What’s Wrong with This Picture?: CA Title 24 Restroom Door Signs


Photograph of Ca title 24 restroom door sign on wall

Today we are going to be looking at a California Title 24 restroom door sign. If you have ever visited or lived in California, you may have noticed two signs to identify restrooms to the public, one on the wall and one on the door. Federal law requires the standard wall-mounted sign, but California also requires a geometric restroom door sign.

What’s Wrong?

ADA Restroom Signs Height includes Ca Title 24 Door Signs and Wall-Mounted Restroom Sign

The CA Title 24 restroom door sign is strictly meant to be mounted on the door of a restroom. This location has mounted their CA Title 24 restroom door sign on a wall next to the hallway entrance which leads to the restrooms. This is incorrect!

How should the CA Title 24 restroom door sign be mounted?

The CA Title 24 restroom door sign should be:

  • Centered horizontally on the door,
  • At a height of 58″ minimum and 60″ maximum above the finished floor/ground surface, and
  • Must contrast with the door which you are mounting it on.

The wall sign should be located alongside the entry, with tactile text and California spaced, Grade 2 Braille. Optional is a pictogram placed in a 6″ field directly above the copy, and/or an ISA (International Symbol of Accessibility) pictogram, if the restroom is wheelchair accessible.

Why are there different geometric signs?

Each of the geometric shapes has a specific meaning to California and helps provide additional accessibility to people with visual impairments. In addition to contrasting with the door the sign is mounted on, a non-gender specific | single use | family sign (a triangle on a circle), the two shapes must color contrast from one another. This means you need to visually see the difference, similar to the examples below (and another thing wrong with that picture!).

  • For Female restrooms the signage must be a circle, 12″ in diameter, and 1/4″ thick;
  • For Male restrooms the signage must be a 12″ equilateral triangle, and 1/4″ thick;
  • For single use or Family restrooms, the sign must be a 1/4″ thick triangle superimposed on a 1/4″ thick circle that is 12″ in diameter.

The importance of the CA Title 24 restroom door sign is not what is printed on the sign, but the shapes and the meanings which they convey!

How would we make this situation ADA Compliant?

Instead of using a CA Title 24 restroom door sign on the wall, we would want to use one of the wall-mounted restroom signs. Since these signs are usually square or rectangular they can sometimes seem generic. This business may have wanted a sign that would stand out.

Making sure that there is a balance between good design and an ADA compliant sign is the key. There are small and big ways which that can be accomplished. 

Important Details About the CA Title 24 Sign

As rules and regulations change, it is important to keep updated with the current standards and requirements. As of 04.24.2019, CA Title 24 restroom door signs require:

  • In Part 7 (11B-703. ) of the Supplement Significant Changes to the CBC 2016 Edition, there was a modification to how the edges and vertices on geometric symbols of your sign should appear. If you have sharp edges on your sign; that sign is not compliant.
    • Edges shall be eased or rounded at 1/16″ (1.59 mm) minimum, or chamfered at 1/8″ (3.2 mm) maximum.
    • Vertices shall have a radius between 1/8″ (3.2 mm) minimum and 1/4″ (6.4 mm) maximum.
  • The CA Title 24 restroom door sign does not require Grade 2 Braille nor tactile graphics, but we allow the option to include Braille and tactile characters on your sign if you or your inspector wants them.

Making sure you are using the right sign is very important when it comes to making a business ADA compliant.Asking questions from the company which you purchase the signs and/or from your local inspectors can make a difference when it comes to passing your inspection!

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