File #: Int 0258-2022    Version: Name: Report on suitable locations for installing public bathrooms.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
On agenda: 4/28/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to a report on suitable locations for installing public bathrooms
Sponsors: Rita C. Joseph, Shahana K. Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Althea V. Stevens, Sandra Ung, Lincoln Restler, Sandy Nurse, Adrienne E. Adams, Mercedes Narcisse, Chi A. Ossé, Julie Menin, Gale A. Brewer, Shaun Abreu, Eric Dinowitz, Tiffany Cabán, Shekar Krishnan, Diana I. Ayala, Farah N. Louis, Kevin C. Riley, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Nantasha M. Williams, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Julie Won, Charles Barron, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Lynn C. Schulman, Alexa Avilés, Amanda Farías, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Ari Kagan, Keith Powers , Erik D. Bottcher, (by request of the Manhattan Borough President)
Council Member Sponsors: 33
Summary: This bill would require that the Mayor designate an agency/office, in coordination with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation, to report on feasible locations for public bathroom facilities in each of the City’s Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs), except in ZCTAs where the agency/office determines bathroom installation would not be suitable because the ZCTA contains only a single commercial building, education facility, or residential complex, or the ZCTA is comprised entirely of industrial zones. The report would also identify the number of currently operational public bathroom facilities in each ZCTA, accessibility and safety measures necessary for bathroom installation, and potential barriers to installation and maintenance. The bill would also require that the agency/office consider public and community board input and provide recommendations for overcoming any identified barriers regarding locations suitable for public bathrooms.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 258-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 258, 3. Int. No. 258, 4. April 28, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-28-22, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 28, 2022, 7. Committee Report 6/28/22, 8. Hearing Testimony 6/28/22, 9. Hearing Transcript 6/28/22, 10. Proposed Int. No. 258-A - 10/4/22

Proposed Int. No. 258-A


By Council Members Joseph, Hanif, Hudson, Sanchez, Stevens, Ung, Restler, Nurse, The Speaker (Council Member Adams), Narcisse, Ossé, Menin, Brewer, Abreu, Dinowitz, Cabán, Krishnan, Ayala, Louis, Riley, Gutiérrez, Williams, De La Rosa, Won, Barron, Richardson Jordan, Schulman, Avilés, Farías, Brooks-Powers, Kagan, Powers and Bottcher (by request of the Manhattan Borough President)


A Local Law in relation to a report on suitable locations for installing public bathrooms


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Report. a. Definition. For purposes of this local law, the term “zip code tabulation area” means an approximate generalized areal representation of a United States postal service zip code service area, as such areal representation is determined by the United States census bureau.

b. No later than December 31, 2023, an agency or office designated by the mayor, in coordination with the department of parks and recreation and the department of transportation, shall submit to the mayor and to the speaker of the council a report identifying the number of operational public bathroom facilities in each zip code tabulation area in the city. Such report shall also identify at least one location in each zip code tabulation area where such designated agency or office deems it feasible and appropriate to install a public bathroom facility, except that such identification will not be required for any zip code tabulation area in which the designated agency or office determines the installation of a public bathroom facility would not be suitable because such zip code tabulation area contains a single commercial building, education facility or residential complex, or is entirely comprised of industrial zones. The designated agency or office shall consider input provided by community boards and the public when identifying such location for a public bathroom facility. Such report shall also include, but need not be limited to, the following information:

1. The factors considered in determining whether an identified location is appropriate for installing a public bathroom facility;

2. Features necessary for compliance with the Americans with disabilities act and any other accessibility requirement, and proposed safety measures that may be considered for such identified locations;

3. The process required to install and maintain a public bathroom facility and implement such accessibility and safety measures;

4. Any challenges identified with the installation and maintenance of public bathroom facilities, including any known community opposition; and

5. Any additional recommendations for the installation of a public bathroom facility in each identified location to address the challenges associated with such installation.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.





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10/3/2022 11:28 PM


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