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File #: 20-1944   
Type: City Code Amendments
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 3/5/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving an amendment to Chapter 10, Building Related Codes, of the City of San Antonio, Texas, to require installation of baby changing stations in new or modified building types with specific uses. [Roderick J. Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Michael Shannon, Director, Development Services]
Attachments: 1. CCR - Baby Changing Stations, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Staff Presentation, 4. Ordinance 2020-03-05-0166
Related files: 20-1675
DEPARTMENT: Development Services




Ordinance approving an amendment to Chapter 10 which 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 asked 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 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. DSD presented the proposed language at the Planning and Land Development Committee on February 10, 2020.


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 ...

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