Denver might require gender-neutral signs for single-stall restrooms

DENVER — The Denver City Council is expected to consider an amendment that would require gender-neutral signs for single-stall restrooms and there is a public meeting about the proposal Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal states:

“All existing and new single-stall restrooms (any toilet facility that contains a single toilet and sink and is designed for use by one person at a time) will be required to provide signs designating them as gender neutral instead of men’s or women’s.

“All existing and new family or assisted-use restrooms will be required to add signage to family or assisted-use restrooms to ensure it is clear they are also gender-neutral restroom facilities.

“The amendment does not affect multi-stall bathrooms, which must remain gender-specific.”

A Denver Building Code amendment was proposed by Community Planning and Development and the Denver Fire Department in cooperation with  Denver’s LGBTQ Commission, the mayor’s office, Councilman Jolon Clark and Councilwoman Robin Kniech.

“This change will provide equal access to restrooms and parity in bathroom wait times for all users, as well as remove barriers for members of our community who are transgender, gender-nonconforming, or non-binary; those who need the assistance of a caregiver; and parents/family members accompanying children of a different gender,” according to a statement by CPD.

CPD and Denver Fire staff will host an open house to answer questions on the proposed amendment from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, Room 1.D.1 (first floor) at 201 W. Colfax Ave.

The amendments are expected to move forward to the City Council for review and approval by the end of November.

If they pass,  property owners and/or tenants would have until May 1, 2018 to comply.