Oct. 17, 2012
-- For anyone who wasn't aware, there's a new ADA standard for toilet paper dispensers which took effect on March 15, 2012. All new construction and alterations must comply with the new standard. Under the previous standard, a toilet paper dispenser was not considered "within reach" if it was centered more than 36 inches from the rear wall of the stall. Additionally, the dispenser had to be mounted a minimum of 19 inches from the floor.
Now, under the new ADA/ABA accessibility standards (Sections 604.7) toilet paper dispensers are required to be centered 7 to 9 inches in front of the toilet bowl. The height requirement has also changed. It is now required that the dispenser be located 15 to 48 inches above the floor. But that's not all - remember to locate the dispenser OUTSIDE the zone that is 1-1/2 inches below the parallel grab bar, AND the zone that is 12 inches above the grab bar. Sound complicated?
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