Baby Changing Station Laws in California

Baby Changing Station Laws in California

Baby changing station laws in California can be confusing, as many companies have misinformation on their websites. State law AB-1127 was passed in 2017, and requires a baby diaper changing station in one at least one women’s room, and one men’s room in most public buildings. These include buildings with maximum occupancies over 60 people, shopping centers greater than 25,000 square feet and retail stores over 5,000 square feet, but doesn’t include nightclubs and bars.

Note that this doesn’t mean that baby changing station laws require a baby changing station in every bathroom, so you still will find bathrooms that don’t have one. San Jose recently passed their “Family Friendly Initiative,” which will equip all buildings in the city with baby changing stations, but it has yet to be fully implemented.

Federal Baby Changing Laws Applicable in California

- Recently passed S.1110 - Friendly Airports for Mothers Act of 2017, requires a lactation room for mothers in all terminals in all medium and large “hub” airports, and not a baby changing station, as reported by other websites.

- The Bathroom Accessible In Every Situation Act (BABIES Act) is a law for federal buildings, requiring them to have a baby changing station in women’s and men’s rooms.

Baby Changing Station Laws in California FAQ

Does the ADA require baby changing stations in California?

No, the ADA doesn’t require baby changing stations in California buildings. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn’t require baby changing stations by law, but the Bathroom Accessible In Every Situation Act (BABIES Act) requires that at least one baby changing station be available in a women’s room, and a men’s room, in all federal buildings, including in California.

Are baby changing stations required in California restaurants?

Yes, baby changing stations are required in California restaurants. State Law AB-1127 requires that there should be baby changing stations in at least one women’s room, and one men’s room. This baby changing station law is statewide, and should be implemented in all California restaurants.

Are baby changing stations required in California men's rooms?

No, baby changing stations aren’t required by law to be in all men’s restrooms. Baby changing stations are, however, required to be in every building. This means that every public building (and every federal building as required by the BABIES Act), should have a baby changing station in at least one men’s bathroom. This may be different in San Jose, who may have a baby changing station in all men’s rooms.

Federal Legislation Legislation Status Bill
National In 2016, the Bathrooms Accessible In Every Situation Act (BABIES Act) requires baby changing accommodations in both male and female restrooms in publicly-accessible federal buildings. Enacted Read Full Bill
State Legislation Status Bill
Arizona State: HB-2113 requires all public entities to install at least one changing station suitable for babies and adults when building or overhauling a restroom. Enacted Learn More
California State: State: AB-1127 requires a baby diaper changing station in one at least one women’s room, and one men’s room in most public buildings. These include buildings with maximum occupancies over 60 people, shopping centers greater than 25,000 square feet and retail stores over 5,000 square feet, but doesn’t include nightclubs and bars. Enacted Learn More
- San Francisco City: S.1110 – Friendly Airports for Mothers Act of 2017 requires San Francisco International Airport to have baby-changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms. Provisions Enacted Learn More
- San Jose City: The “Family Friendly Initiative” will equip city buildings with baby changing stations in all restrooms. Under Review Learn More
District of Columbia District of Columbia City: The Equal Access to Changing Tables Amendment Act requires diaper changing accommodations be made available for use by all genders in public DC-owned or occupied buildings, as well as new or substantially renovated businesses and buildings open to the public. Enacted Learn More
Florida Miami-Dade City: The Baby Diaper-Changing Accommodations Ordinance of Miami-Dade County requires all new or substantially renovated buildings to provide changing stations in public restrooms. Enacted Read Here
Hawaii Honolulu City: A bill has been introduced in Honolulu that will require businesses to install baby changing stations in all restrooms. Enacted Read Here
Illinois State: HB-3711 requires all public buildings to have a baby changing station available to men and women. Enacted Learn More
Maryland Baltimore City: A bill has been introduced in Baltimore that will require baby changing stations in all public restrooms. Enacted Read Here
Michigan State: Section 125.1508a requires that restrooms with baby changing stations in the women's restrooms must also be present in the men's restrooms. Enacted Learn More
Nevada State: Assembly Bill 241 requires all public buildings to provide changing stations. Enacted Learn More
New Mexico State: HB-205 requires baby changing facilities be included in new construction of all restrooms in public buildings. Enacted Learn More
New York State: A law has been introduced which requires all men's restrooms to provide changing stations. Enacted Read More
- New York City City: 1241-A requires all new or substantially renovated buildings in New York City to provide changing stations in public restrooms. Enacted Learn More
Oklahoma State: HB-3952 has been introduced in Oklahoma, which will require the installation and maintenance of a universal changing station in certain public buildings. Pending Senate Review Learn More
Texas Dallas City: An ordinance has been introduced that will require any newly built or renovated city-owned building, privately owned restaurant, theater or retail store will have to provide at least one ''safe, sanitary and convenient diaper changing accommodation'' in each public restroom. Enacted Learn More
- San Antonio City: An ordinance has been approved that requires all publicly available restrooms – for men and women – to have baby-changing stations. Enacted Learn More
Utah State: HB-303 requires all new or substantially renovated buildings to provide changing stations in public restrooms. Enacted Learn More
- Salt Lake City City: SLC-123 requires there be at least one safe, sanitary, convenient, and publicly accessible baby diaper changing station in all public restrooms. Enacted Read More
Washington Spokane City: Ordinance C35755 requires baby changing facilities in publicly accessible restrooms in all buildings owned by the City of Spokane. Enacted Read More
Wisconsin State: SPS 390.19 has been introduced which requires baby changing stations in public restrooms. Enacted Learn More