The City of Austin has joined Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in adopting regulations requiring all businesses to install gender-neutral signs for single user public restrooms, including restrooms accessible only to employees. A single user restroom is defined as a restroom in which the primary entry door into the restroom is lockable and is available for use by an individual with or without assistance. These requirements do not apply to restroom facilities with multiple stalls.
Under the new regulations, all existing businesses will be required to replace their current gender-specific signs with gender-neutral signs. The type, size and design of the new signs are the responsibility of the business owner. These requirements also apply to remodels and new construction.