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Unisex Single Stall Restroom Ordinance FAQ's

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The Princeton Council passed an ordinance requiring that all single stall restrooms in any publicly-accessible building (including restaurants, shops, offices, hotels, theaters, salons,etc.) be unisex or available to all individuals without regard to sex or gender identity. The ordinance went into effect on July 8, 2019.  All businesses must have appropriate signage as of January 6, 2020 (180 days from date of ordinance adoption).

Municipality of Princeton Ordinance 2019-26 (Date Adopted: July 8, 2019)

AN ORDINANCE BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF PRINCETON ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR UNISEX SINGLE-OCCUPANCY RESTROOM FACILITIES, AND AMENDING CHAPTER 11 OF THE “CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, 1974”

This rule applies to single-occupant restrooms. These are restrooms designed for use by no more than one occupant at a time (or for a family or those needing assistance).

How will the ordinance be enforced?

Municipal inspectors or officials (Fire Safety, Construction, Health) may inspect for compliance with this ordinance.  A complaint from a member of the public or an employee may prompt such inspection. 

What happens if my building is out of compliance with the ordinance?

If, during the inspection, a lack of compliance is found, the inspector will provide verbal or written warning addressing how to achieve compliance within 30 calendar days. You will be able to e-mail pictures to the responsible municipal official/department during that time period to demonstrate compliance.

What are the penalties?

Under section 1-6(a),violators can be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000, or imprisonment up to a maximum of ninety days, or community service up to a maximum of ninety days. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

Signage should be permanent and clearly indicate that the restroom is open to all genders, including but not limited to:

  • All-Gender Restroom
  • Gender-Neutral Restroom
  • Unisex Restroom
  • Toilet
  • WC = Water Closet
  • Signs that use gender neutral images

Examples of acceptable signs:

Acceptable signs

Approved ADA signs can be viewed here

Please reach out to Office of Fire Safety, Construction Department or the Health Department if you require clarification on signage.

What if my business uses specially ordered signs that require time to make? Can I get an extension?

If a business cannot post its branded/specially-made sign prior to that date, the business must post interim appropriate signage. Need a temporary sign?  Download our postcard

Can a waiver be obtained?

A covered entity or place of public accommodation may obtain a waiver from these requirements if it documents in writing, to construction officials’ satisfaction, that compliance with this section would violate or conflict with the State plumbing code or other duly adopted State law.

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