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Chapter 11B, Division 6 (Plumbing Elements and Facilities)

2013 CBC Revisions:
Intervening Code Cycle


Chapter 11B, Division 6 (Plumbing Elements and Facilities) 

Toilet Paper Dispenser


Figure 11B-605.7 Dispenser Outlet Location

Clarified via revision to Figure 11B-604.7 that the 19-inch height for toilet paper dispenser outlets is a minimum dimension, not absolute.

Maneuvering Space at Wheelchair Accessible Compartments

11B-604.8.1 Wheelchair accessible compartments.

11B-604.8.1.1 Size. Wheelchair accessible compartments shall be 60 inches (1524 mm) wide minimum … rear wall. Wheelchair accessible compartments shall additionally provide maneuvering space complying with Section 11B-604.8.1.1.1, 11B-604.8.1.1.2, or 11B-604.8.1.1.3, as applicable. Wheelchair accessible compartments for children’s use … .

11B-604.8.1.1.1 Maneuvering space with in-swinging door. In a wheelchair accessible compartment with an in-swinging door, … .

11B-604.8.1.1.2 Maneuvering space with side-opening door. In a wheelchair accessible compartment with a side-opening door located in the side wall or partition, either in-swinging or out-swinging, a minimum 60 inches (1524 mm) wide and 60 inches (1524 mm) deep maneuvering space shall be provided in front of the water closet. See Figure 11B-604.8.1.1.2.

11B-604.8.1.1.3 Maneuvering space with end-opening door. In a wheelchair accessible compartment with an end-opening door a door located in the front wall or partition (facing the water closet), either in-swinging or out-swinging, a minimum 60 inches (1524 mm) wide and 48 inches (1219 mm) deep maneuvering space shall be provided in front of the water closet. See Figure 11B-604.8.1.1.3.

Added references to maneuvering space requirements to Section 11B-604.8.1.1. Clarified that Section 11B-604.8.1.1.2 applies whether the side of the compartment is a wall or partition. Clarified that Section 11B-604.8.1.1.3 applies whether the end of the compartment is a wall or partition.

Toe Clearance at Wheelchair Accessible Compartments


Figure 11B-604.8.1.4 Wheelchair Accessible Toilet Compartment Toe Clearance

Clarfied via revision to Figure 11B-604.8.1.4 that the 6-inch toe clearance beyond the accessible compartment only applies to the side of the compartment, not the end. This is because the model code (2010 ADA Standards) allow for a shallower compartment depth; however, California requires that compartment exceed 65 inches in depth, so the additional toe clearance at the end of the compartment is never a requirement.

(You did know that you are supposed to provide that clearance if your compartment is less than 66 inches wide, right?)

Sink Depth

11B-606.7 Sink depth. Sinks shall be 6 1/2 inches (165 mm) deep maximum. Where a forward approach is required at a sink, knee and toe clearance shall be provided in compliance with Section 11B-306.

Repealed California amendment. A sink can be any depth if it provides the required knee and toe clearance.