Guidelines for Restrooms
This section of the permit application is intended to gain information regarding the number and types of restrooms and hand-sanitizing/sink facilities you plan to provide to support your event needs. The following considerations will determine the number of toilets to be provided for particular events:
- Duration of the event
- Type of crowd
- Weather conditions
- Whether the event is pre-ticketed and numbers known or un-ticketed
- Whether finishing times are staggered if the event has multi-functions
- Whether alcohol will be consumed.
Calculating the number of toilets required for an event is a matter for conjecture. Where local laws or regulations do not exist, the following guidelines can be applied. Better management of events can be achieved by providing additional facilities. Assume a 50/50 male/female split unless otherwise advised.
The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health Services recommends one (1) chemical or portable toilet for every 250 people. The number of portable toilets can be determined based on your estimated peak time attendance. You must provide portable restroom facilities at your event unless you can substantiate the sufficient availability of both accessible and non-accessible facilities in the immediate area of the event site that will be available to the public during your event.
Ten percent (10%) of restroom facilities must meet local, state, and federal accessibility requirements. No less than one (1) accessible restroom should be placed in each location designated for restrooms facilities and located on a level area not to exceed a 2% cross-slope in any direction. If a single restroom unit is placed in a location, it must be accessible. An accessible route to each portable restroom must be provided.
Storm Water Pollution Prevention
Standard portable restrooms must be placed on a liner to prevent spills and run-off into the storm drain system. Accessible portable restrooms must use sand bags or other equivalent materials to prevent run-off from entering the storm drain system in lieu of a liner that might prevent accessibility. Spills must be immediately cleaned-up using proper spill containment and clean-up methods.
"Wheelchair Accessible" usually indicates a ramped or ground level entrance with a wide enough door for a wheelchair to back into. Doors are not required to be hinged, so closing the door unassisted can sometimes be a problem.
"ADA Compliant", however, generally means reinforced construction, ramped or ground level and wheelchair accessible entrance, spring loaded magnetic door that closes automatically, reinforced grab bars, and enough interior space for a wheelchair to made a 360 degree turn.