Accessible Bathroom Prototypes
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
Technical Policy and Procedure Notices (TPPN) 15 of 1988, 22 of 1988, and 1 of 1992 established bathroom and powder room prototypes acceptable to the Department for the purposes of compliance with Local Law 58 of 1987, which relates to providing facilities for people with disabilities.
Revisions to the City’s Building Code adopted in Local Law 141 of 2013 repealed provisions in Local Law 58 of 1987 relating to facilities for people having physical disabilities that had been codified in subarticle 2 of article 2 of subchapter 4 of chapter 1 of title 27 (Local Law 58 of 1987). Local Law 141 of 2013 added a new section BC 1101.3 to the City’s Building Code that allows the Department to designate by rule prototype layouts acceptable to the Department for bathrooms and powder rooms first occupied on or before March 13, 1991. Therefore, there is a need to promulgate a new rule to continue to permit the prototypes established by these TPPNs for projects that are subject to section 1101.3 of the New York City Building Code, in particular, item 2.1 of Section 1101.3.2.
This rule re-establishes most of the prototypes in the TPPNs as acceptable prototype bathrooms and powder rooms in alterations in buildings that were originally occupied on or before March 13, 1991. Alterations in buildings that were occupied after such date, or where full compliance with the bathroom and powder room prototypes cannot be achieved, are subject to Chapter 11 of the New York City Building Code and the most recent adopted accessibility standard, unless a waiver is granted pursuant to Section 1101.3.5 of the New York City Building Code.
The relevant TPPNs will be rescinded once this rule is effective.
The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section BC 1101.3.2 of the New York City Building Code, codified in Title 28 of the Administrative Code.
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