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All public buildings to have separate male and female toilets.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced that all new public buildings should have separate toilets for women and men, as well as separate unisex (or universal) toilets if there is space for them. In particular, any unisex toilets must not replace women only toilets, as women have more specific needs, including but not limited to “pregnancy and sanitary needs”. This follows a call for evidence that listened to the views of affected groups. 

A consultation will be launched that will also “consider the design of unisex self-contained cubicles to maximise privacy and whether improvements to disabled persons toilets should be made.” Commencing in the autumn of 2022, the results of the consultation will inform decisions about further details including over what size of public building the measures should include.

Those taking on new commercial premises and offices are also encouraged to monitor the outcome of this consultation and ensure that all employees have adequate private toilets.

Posted on 7 July, 2022 by Ortolan

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