So what is California’s Title 24? You may have heard of it or maybe not.
California has always been strict on her building rules which tends to complicate things for contractors. However, knowing what the rules are sure helps things. You could read entire books about CA accessibility laws because Title 24 applies to a fairly large spectrum of categories including sidewalks, ramps, handrails, parking, etc. But because we are a sign company, we will be discussing Title 24 signage.
In California, all restrooms that are available to the public are required to have a Title 24 door sign. No text or pictograms are needed. The only thing that is absolutely required is the geometric shape. A triangle means Men’s Restroom and a circle means Women’s Restroom. Therefore, a circle with a triangle on top is All Gender. All of these signs may have their respective pictograms and text if desired but they don’t have braille. This is so that blind people that need to read the braille don’t have to stand in danger’s way of getting smacked by the door. Braille always goes on the wall sign. No unnecessary danger by an opening door there. The only time that braille would be found on a geometric sign is in less common instances where there is no door. In this case, there will be a privacy hall and the geometric Title 24 sign with braille will be mounted on the wall. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are single occupancy restrooms with locking doors. In the past, there could be two of these in a building labeled men’s and women’s but now, that is not compliant. All single occupancies with locking doors must be all gender restrooms. You will often see at your local coffee shop or smoothie bar, two single occupancy restrooms that are both all gender. Or maybe, they are labeled men’s and women’s, in which case you should recommend us to to owner immediately and save them from a terrible lawsuit.
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