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File #: 20-1675   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning and Land Development Committee
On agenda: 2/10/2020
Posting Language: A briefing and possible action on amending City Code, Chapter 10, by requiring the installation of baby changing stations in new or modified buildings with specific types of use. [Roderick Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Michael Shannon, Director, Development Services]
Attachments: 1. CCR - Baby Changing Stations - 20190416, 2. Draft Ordinance - Ch 10 - Baby Changing Stations
Related files: 20-1944
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services




Discussion and possible action on the adoption of an ordinance that will require installation of baby changing stations in new or modified building types with specific uses.


A Council Consideration Request (CCR) was sponsored by Councilman Manny Pelaez on April 16, 2019, which asks staff to consider requirements that baby changing stations be installed in all new buildings with restroom facilities that offer public accommodations, and all existing buildings when restroom facilities are added or significantly modified. The CCR was presented at the Governance Committee on June 19, 2019, and was approved to move forward for discussion and potential code changes. The Development Services Department (DSD) developed proposed ordinance language utilizing similar codes adopted by both state and municipal governments and presented the language to the Building-Related and Fire Codes Appeals and Advisory Board (BRFCAAB). Multiple stakeholder organizations were made aware of the proposal and updated throughout the process.


Currently, there are no requirements that businesses with public restrooms provide baby changing stations. DSD staff researched states and municipalities that have adopted ordinances that do require access to baby changing stations. Based on this research, staff developed proposed language for the ordinance based on language adopted by the City of Dallas, the City of New York, the State of New York, and the State of New Mexico. The language focused on requiring access to baby changing stations for all genders on each floor of a building serving Group A (Assembly such as restaurants and libraries) and Group M (Mercantile which includes department stores and gas stations) occupancies, Hospitals, and in City-owned buildings with public restrooms.

The BRFCAAB created a subcommittee to...

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