DENVER – The Denver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to require all existing and new single-stall bathrooms be designated as gender-neutral.
The move, originally put forth by the Denver LGBTQ Commission, councilors Jolon Clark and Robin Kniech and the Department of Community Planning and Development, will amend the city building code.
Every single-stall bathroom will now require a sign that clarifies each bathroom is open to use by anyone.
For single-stall bathrooms already in place, property owners have until May 1, 2018 to get into compliance and put up new signs.
“Denver will take every step we can to remove barriers for our people while creating more convenience. This is who we are as a city and I’m very proud of that,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement. “This code change was a commonsensical action that we know will allow people to live their lives without anxiety about something as simple as bathroom access. This is also another way in which Denver demonstrates that we are a welcoming and inclusive place to call home for all our people.”