Seattle businesses face fines for non-compliance with all-gender restroom ordinance

Seattle businesses face fines for non-compliance with all-gender restroom ordinance

The WRA/WLA government affairs team has learned that the City of Seattle is starting to send compliance letters to businesses that do not have gender neutral signage on their single-occupancy restrooms. If a business does not comply within 30 days, it faces fines.

This ordinance, effective since Aug. 14, 2015, applies to single-occupant restrooms in public places in Seattle. This ordinance amends the Seattle Municipal Code to create all-gender single occupant restrooms. The measure applies to public places in Seattle. It allows use of single occupant restrooms by any person, regardless of sex or gender identity, and prevents those restrooms from being restricted to a specific sex or gender identity. Restroom facilities without appropriate signage already in place will require new signs to be posted. The deadline for posting new signage was March 9, 2016.

Signage must be permanent, clearly indicating that the restroom is open to all genders. Acceptable signage for single-occupancy restrooms includes, but is not limited to:

  • All-Gender Restroom
  • Gender-Neutral Restroom
  • Unisex Restroom
  • Toilet
  • WC

Click here for more information on the ordinance. If you have any questions, contact Morgan Hickel at morganh@warestaurant.org.