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QUESTION: "If one owns a Bar, and there are 2 bathrooms today, but not ADA compliant, if I were to consolidate to 1 allowing to meet all regulations, is this permissible."
ANSWER: Yes. I am pleased to share the good news that such an arrangement is indeed permissible. Here is how this works. For a "public agency", the law requires a restroom at all times for "each sex". However, your business is only required to provide facilities during "peak hours" and one compliant restroom (i.e. unisex) is just fine. California Health and Safety Code §§ 118500 and 118505.
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I am not located in California or licensed therein. I have worked extensively with California statutes, though, through many years of service first as a legal editor for a major publishing house and then as a legal researcher. My exposure to the California statutes began many years ago when my colleagues and I (we were about 750 in number and annotated over two million cases, if memory serves me), essentially devoted our lives to statutes and cases. Code wise, a great deal of my time was spent working with California law, which brought me to a degree of familiarity with that jurisdiction that I never would have thought possible.
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