ONTARIO REGULATION 368/13

made under the

BUILDING CODE ACT, 1992

Made: December 11, 2013
Filed: December 27, 2013
Published on e-Laws: December 27, 2013
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: January 11, 2014

Amending O. Reg. 332/12

(BUILDING CODE)

1.  Clause 1.4.1.2.(1)(c) of Division A of Ontario Regulation 332/12 is amended by adding the following definitions:

Adaptable seating means a fixed seat or seats designed to facilitate a side transfer from a wheelchair.

Mobility assistive device means a mobility assistive device as defined in section 2 of Ontario Regulation 191/11 (Integrated Accessibility Standards) made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

2.  Table 1.3.1.2. of Division B of the Regulation is amended by adding the following Items:

323.1

ISO

23599: 2012

Assistive Products for Blind and Vision-Impaired Persons – Tactile Walking Surface Indicators

3.8.3.18.(1)

. . . . .

348.1

NFPA

72-2013

National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

3.2.4.22.(13)

       

9.10.19.1.(2)

9.10.19.3.(3)

3.  Sentence 3.2.4.19.(4) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(4)  Except as permitted by Sentence (6), visual signal devices shall be installed in addition to audible signal devices,

(a) in a building or portion of a building intended for use primarily by persons with hearing impairment,

(b) in a public corridor serving a Group A, B, C, D or E occupancy,

(c) in a corridor used by the public and in a floor area or part of a floor area where the public may congregate in a Group A occupancy,

(d) in not less than 10% of the suites of a hotel or motel,

(e) in a washroom for public use described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(2), (3), (4) or (6), and

(f) in the living space in a suite of residential occupancy in a Group C major occupancy apartment building.

4.  Article 3.2.4.22. of Division B of the Regulation is amended by adding the following Sentence:

(13)  Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signalling component conforming to the requirements in 18.5.3. (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.

5.  Sentence 3.3.4.9.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  If wood wall studs or sheet steel wall studs enclose the main bathroom in a dwelling unit, reinforcement shall be installed to permit the future installation of the following:

(a) for a water closet, a grab bar described in Clauses 3.8.3.8.(3)(a) and a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.8.(3)(c),

(b) for a shower, a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.13.(2)(f), and

(c) for a bathtub, a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.13.(4)(c).

6.  Article 3.4.6.1. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.4.6.1.  Surface Finish of Ramps and Stairs

(1)  The surfaces of ramps, landings and treads shall,

(a) have a finish that is slip-resistant, and

(b) if accessible to the public, have a colour contrast or a distinctive visual pattern to demarcate,

(i) the leading edge of the tread,

(ii) the leading edge of the landing, and

(iii) the beginning and end of a ramp.

(2)  A tactile attention indicator conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. shall be installed,

(a) at the top of the stairs starting one tread depth back from the edge of the top stair, and

(b) at the leading edge of landings where a doorway opens onto stairs.

(3)  Treads and landings of exterior exit stairs shall be designed to be free of ice and snow accumulations if the stairs,

(a) are more than 10 m high, or

(b) serve a hotel.

7.  (1)  Sentence 3.7.4.2.(7) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “universal toilet room” in the portion before Clause (a) and substituting “universal washroom”.

(2)  Sentences 3.7.4.2.(8), (9) and (10) of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

(8)  Where one water closet is required for males and one water closet is required for females, the following may be provided in lieu of the water closets otherwise required by this Subsection:

(a) one universal washroom conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.12.(1), and

(b) one washroom containing one water closet that is permitted to be used by both sexes provided the door to the room can be locked from the inside.

(9)  Both sexes are permitted to be served by a single water closet if the occupant load is not more than 10 persons in an assembly occupancy referred to in Article 3.7.4.3. except for,

(a) elementary and secondary schools,

(b) child care facilities,

(c) places of worship, and

(d) undertaking premises.

(10)  Any shelf or projection above a lavatory shall be located so that it will not be a hazard.

(11)  Except for dwelling units, lavatories required by Sentence (5) shall be equipped with faucets that,

(a) operate automatically, or

(b) have lever type handles that do not close under spring action.

8.  Sentence 3.7.4.3.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “Sentence 3.7.4.2.(8)” and substituting “Sentence 3.7.4.2.(9)”.

9.  Sentence 3.8.1.1.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “and” at the end of Clause (b), by adding “and” at the end of Clause (c) and by adding the following Clause:

(d) camps for housing of workers.

10.  Article 3.8.1.2. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.1.2.  Entrances

(1)  Except as provided in Sentence 3.13.8.1.(2), the number of barrier-free entrances into a building shall conform to Table 3.8.1.2.

Table 3.8.1.2.
Minimum Number of Pedestrian Entrances Required to be Barrier-Free

Forming Part of Sentence 3.8.1.2.(1)

Item

Column 1

Number of Pedestrian Entrances into Building

Column 2

Minimum Number of Pedestrian Entrances Required to Be Barrier-Free

1.

1 to 3

1

2.

4 or 5

2

3.

More than 5

Not less than 50%

(2)  One of the barrier-free entrances required by Sentence (1) shall be the principal entrance to the building.

(3)  In addition to the barrier-free entrances required by Sentence (1), a suite of assembly occupancy, business and personal services occupancy or mercantile occupancy that is located in the first storey of a building or in a storey to which a barrier-free path of travel is provided, and that is separated from the remainder of the building so that there is no access to the remainder of the building, shall have at least one barrier-free entrance.

(4)  A barrier-free entrance shall,

(a) be designed in accordance with Article 3.8.3.3., and

(b) lead from,

(i) the outdoors at sidewalk level, or

(ii) a ramp that conforms to Article 3.8.3.4. and leads from a sidewalk.

(5)  At a barrier-free entrance that includes more than one doorway, only one of the doorways is required to be designed in accordance with Article 3.8.3.3.

(6)  If a walkway or pedestrian bridge connects two barrier-free storeys in different buildings, the path of travel from one storey to the other storey by means of the walkway or bridge shall be barrier-free.

11.  (1)  Sentence 3.8.1.3.(4) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “1 600 mm in width and 1 600 in length” and substituting “1 800 mm in width and 1 800 mm in length”.

(2)  Sentence 3.8.1.3.(5) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “from the floor” and substituting “from the finished floor”.

(3)  Article 3.8.1.3. of Division B of the Regulation is amended by adding the following Sentence:

(6)  A normally occupied floor area that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel shall meet the following requirements:

(a) interior walking surfaces throughout the normally occupied floor area shall comply with Clauses (2)(a) to (e), and

(b) where the headroom of an area in a corridor or aisle in the normally occupied floor area is reduced to less than 1 980 mm, a guardrail or other barrier with its leading edge at or below 680 mm from the finished floor shall be provided.

12.  Article 3.8.1.4. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.1.4.  Escalators and Moving Walks

(1)  In a building in which an escalator or inclined moving walk provides access to any floor level above or below the entrance floor level, an interior barrier-free path of travel shall be provided to that floor level.

(2)  The route from the escalator or inclined moving walk to the barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1) shall be clearly indicated by appropriate signs.

(3)  In a building in which a moving walk provides access between areas on the same floor level, a barrier-free path of travel shall be provided between the areas served by the moving walk.

13.  Sentence 3.8.1.5.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  Except as required by Sentences 3.5.2.2.(1) and 3.8.3.5.(1) for elevators and Sentence 3.8.3.3.(17) for power door operator controls, controls for the operation of building services or safety devices, including electrical switches, thermostats and intercom switches, intended to be operated by the occupant and located in a barrier-free path of travel shall,

(a) be accessible to a person in a wheelchair using a side approach,

(b) be operable using a closed fist and with a force of not more than 22.2 N, and

(c) be mounted,

(i) 1 200 mm above the finished floor, in the case of a thermostat or a manual pull station, and

(ii) not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 100 mm above the finished floor, in the case of all other controls.

14.  Article 3.8.2.1. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.2.1.  Areas Requiring Barrier-Free Path of Travel

(1)  Except as permitted by Sentence (3), a barrier-free path of travel from the entrances required by Sentences 3.8.1.2.(1) and (3) to be barrier-free shall be provided,

(a) throughout the entrance storey,

(b) except as permitted by Sentence (2), to and throughout all normally occupied floor areas and rooftop amenity spaces, and

(c) throughout all normally occupied floor areas and rooftop amenity spaces that,

(i) are exempt from the application of Clause (b), and

(ii) are served by a passenger elevator, escalator, inclined moving walk, or other platform equipped passenger elevating device.

(2)  A barrier-free path of travel described in Clause (1)(b) is not required to extend,

(a) to floor areas or portions of floor areas containing a Group B, Division 2 or 3 occupancy that are not required by Article 3.5.2.1. to be connected by a ramp or served by an elevator,

(b) to Group C or Group D occupancies that are in floor areas in a building that,

(i) is three or fewer storeys in building height, and

(ii) has a building area not exceeding 600 m2,

(c) to Group F, Division 2 or 3 occupancies that are not required by Sentence 3.8.2.2.(1) to be served by an elevator,

(d) to portions of restaurants and licensed beverage establishments where the same amenities and uses are provided on other floor areas that have a barrier-free path of travel, or

(e) to portions of child care facilities that have all entrance doors at floor levels that do not have a barrier-free path of travel.

(3)  A barrier-free path of travel described in Sentence (1) is not required to extend,

(a) into service rooms,

(b) into elevator machine rooms,

(c) into janitors’ rooms,

(d) into service spaces,

(e) into crawl spaces,

(f) into attic or roof spaces,

(g) into high hazard industrial occupancies,

(h) to portions of a floor area with fixed seats in an assembly occupancy where these portions are not part of the barrier-free path of travel to,

(i) spaces designated for wheelchair use,

(ii) seats designated for adaptable seating, or

(iii) spaces for the storage of wheelchairs and mobility assistive devices,

(i) to suites of residential occupancy that are in storeys other than the entrance storey and that have all entrance doors at floor levels that are not required to have a barrier-free path of travel,

(j) except as required by Sentence (5), on the inside of a suite of residential occupancy, or

(k) to portions of a floor area that are not at the same level as the entry level, provided amenities and uses provided on any raised or sunken level are accessible on the entry level by means of a barrier-free path of travel.

(4)  In an assembly occupancy with fixed seats, the minimum number of spaces designated for wheelchair use and the minimum number of fixed seats designated for adaptable seating shall conform to Table 3.8.2.1.

Table 3.8.2.1.
Designated Wheelchair Spaces and Adaptable Seating

Forming Part of Sentence 3.8.2.1.(4)

Item

Column 1

Number of Fixed Seats in Seating Area

Column 2

Minimum Number of Spaces Designated for Wheelchairs

Column 3

Minimum Number of Fixed Seats Designated for Adaptable Seating

1.

Up to 20

2

1

2.

21 to 40

2

2

3.

41 to 60

2

3

4.

61 to 80

2

4

5.

81 to 100

3

5

6.

Over 100

3% of the seating capacity

The greater of 5 seats or 5% of the aisle seating capacity

(5)  In a Group C major occupancy apartment building, not less than 15% of all suites of residential occupancy shall be provided with a barrier-free path of travel from the suite entrance door into the following rooms and spaces that shall be located at the same level as the barrier-free path of travel:

(a) at least one bedroom,

(b) at least one bathroom conforming to Sentence (6),

(c) a kitchen or kitchen space, and

(d) a living room or space.

(6)  Bathrooms required by Clause (5)(b) shall,

(a) contain a lavatory,

(b) contain a water closet,

(c) contain a bathtub or a shower,

(d) have wall reinforcement installed in conformance with Sentence 3.3.4.9.(1), and

(e) be designed to permit a wheelchair to turn in an open space not less than 1 500 mm in diameter.

(7)  The number of suites described in Sentence (5) having 1, 2 or 3 or more bedrooms shall be in proportion to the number of suites of residential occupancy having 1, 2 or 3 or more bedrooms in the remainder of the building.

(8)  The suites described in Sentence (5) shall be distributed among storeys that are required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, having regard to the height of the suite above grade.

15.  (1)  Clause 3.8.2.2.(3)(a) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “1 500 mm wide and 6 m long” and substituting “2 440 mm wide and 7 400 mm long”.

(2)  Clause 3.8.2.2.(3)(c) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “2 750 mm” and substituting “3 600 mm”.

16.  Article 3.8.2.3. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.2.3.  Washrooms Required to be Barrier-Free

(1)  A barrier-free path of travel shall be provided to barrier-free washrooms designed to accommodate persons with disabilities in conformance with the requirements in Articles 3.8.3.8. to 3.8.3.12.

(2)  The number of universal washrooms conforming to Article 3.8.3.12. provided in a building in which a washroom is required by Subsection 3.7.4. shall conform to Table 3.8.2.3.A.

Table 3.8.2.3.A.
Minimum Number of Universal Washrooms per Building

Forming Part of Sentence 3.8.2.3.(2)

Item

Column 1

Number of Storeys in Building

Column 2

Minimum Number of Universal Washrooms per Building

1.

1 to 3

1

2.

4 to 6

2

3.

Over 6

3, plus 1 for each additional increment of 3 storeys in excess of 6 storeys

(3)  Where a washroom required by Subsection 3.7.4. is provided in a storey that is required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel,

(a) the washroom shall conform to Articles 3.8.3.8. to 3.8.3.11., and

(b) the number of barrier-free water closet stalls provided in the washroom shall conform to Table 3.8.2.3.B.

Table 3.8.2.3.B.
Minimum Number of Water Closet Stalls Required to be Barrier-Free

Forming Part of Sentence 3.8.2.3.(3)

Item

Column 1

Number of Water Closets per Washroom

Column 2

Minimum Number of Barrier-Free Water Closet Stalls per Washroom

1.

1 to 3

0, where a universal washroom is provided on the same floor level within 45 m of the washroom, or

1, where a universal washroom is not provided on the same floor level within 45 m of the washroom

2.

4 to 9

1

3.

10 to 16

2

4.

17 to 20

3

5.

21 to 30

4

6.

Over 30

5, plus 1 for each additional increment of 10 water closets per washroom in excess of 30 water closets per washroom

(4)  Except as permitted in Sentence (5), where washrooms in excess of those required by Subsection 3.7.4. are provided in a storey that is required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, the additional washrooms shall be designed to accommodate persons with disabilities in conformance with the requirements of,

(a) Articles 3.8.3.8. to 3.8.3.11., or

(b) Article 3.8.3.12.

(5)  Washrooms need not conform to Sentence (4) provided,

(a) they are located within suites of residential occupancy,

(b) other barrier-free washrooms are provided on the same floor level within 45 m, or

(c) they are located in an individual suite that is,

(i) used for a business and personal services occupancy, a mercantile occupancy or an industrial occupancy,

(ii) less than 300 m2 in area, and

(iii) completely separated from, and without access to, the remainder of the building.

(6)  Where a washroom required by Subsection 3.7.4. is provided in a storey that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, the washroom shall,

(a) conform to Article 3.8.3.9. and Sentences 3.8.3.10.(5) and 3.8.3.11.(5), and

(b) be provided with at least one ambulatory water closet stall conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.8.(10).

17.  Article 3.8.2.4. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.2.4.  Hotels

(1)  Except as permitted in Sentence (2), at least 10% of the suites of a hotel shall,

(a) have a barrier-free path of travel extending to,

(i) the inside of each room, and

(ii) a balcony where required by Sentence 3.3.1.7.(2), and

(b) be distributed among storeys that are required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, having regard to the height of the suite above grade.

(2)  Not more than 20 suites need comply with Sentence (1).

(3)  A suite having a barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1) shall have a bathroom that,

(a) conforms to Clauses 3.8.3.12.(1)(a) to (h) and (j),

(b) has an unobstructed area at least 1 200 mm in diameter extending the full height of the room, except that a door is permitted to open on the inside if it does not reduce the unobstructed area, and

(c) has a bathtub or shower that conforms to Article 3.8.3.13.

(4)  Except as required by Sentence 3.8.3.3.(17) for power door operator controls, controls for the operation of building services or safety devices, including electrical switches, thermostats and intercom switches, intended to be operated by the occupant and located within a suite having a barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1) shall conform to Sentence 3.8.1.5.(1).

(5)  An entrance door to a suite having a barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1) shall have,

(a) a power door operator conforming to Article 3.8.3.3., and

(b) a door viewer located at a height no higher than 1 100 mm above the finished floor.

(6)  Where a door is provided between a suite having a barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1) and an adjoining suite, the door shall conform to Sentences 3.8.3.3. (1) and (3).

(7)  Where an emergency power supply is supplied by a generator, it shall supply at least one emergency power receptacle in at least one of the suites having a barrier-free path of travel required by Sentence (1).

(8)  The emergency power receptacle described in Sentence (7) shall be identified with a legible sign having the words EMERGENCY POWER OUTLET permanently mounted on the wall beside the receptacle.

18.  Article 3.8.3.1. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.3.1.  Accessibility Signs

(1)  Where a building is required to have a barrier-free entrance, signs incorporating the International Symbol of Access shall be installed to indicate the location of,

(a) that entrance,

(b) ramps located in a required barrier-free path of travel serving that entrance, and

(c) an exterior passenger loading zone conforming to Sentence 3.8.2.2.(3), if one is provided.

(2)  Where a washroom, elevator, telephone or parking area is required to accommodate persons with disabilities, it shall be identified by a sign consisting of the International Symbol of Access and such other graphic, tactile or written directions as are needed to indicate clearly the type of facility available.

(3)  Where a washroom is not designed to accommodate persons with disabilities in a storey that is required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, signs shall be provided to indicate the location of a washroom required to be barrier-free.

(4)  Signs incorporating the International Symbol of Access shall be installed where necessary to indicate the location of a barrier-free means of egress.

(5)  Where a wall mounted tactile sign is provided in a building, characters, symbols or pictographs on the sign shall be located not less than 1 200 mm and not more than 1 500 mm above the finished floor.

(6)  Where a wall mounted tactile sign is provided in a storey that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, characters, symbols or pictographs on the sign shall conform to Sentence (5).

19.  (1)  Sentence 3.8.3.2.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “and” at the end of Clause (f), by adding “and” at the end of Clause (g) and by adding the following Clause:

(h) have a tactile attention indicator conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. that is located to identify an entry into a vehicular route or area where no curbs or any other element separate the vehicular route or area from a pedestrian route.

(2)  Clause 3.8.3.2.(3)(b) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “1 200 mm” and substituting “1 500 mm”.

20.  (1)  Sentence 3.8.3.3.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “850 mm” and substituting “860 mm”.

(2)  Sentences 3.8.3.3.(3), (4), (5) and (6) of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

(3)  Door opening devices that are the only means of operation shall,

(a) be designed to be operable using a closed fist, and

(b) be mounted not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 100 mm above the finished floor.

(4)  Except as permitted by Sentence (12), every door that provides a barrier-free path of travel through a barrier-free entrance required by Article 3.8.1.2. shall be equipped with a power door operator if the entrance serves a building containing a Group A, Group B, Division 2 or 3, Group C, Group D or Group E occupancy.

(5)  Except as permitted by Sentence (12), where a barrier-free entrance required by Article 3.8.1.2. incorporates a vestibule, a door leading from the vestibule into the floor area shall be equipped with a power door operator in a building containing a Group A, Group B, Division 2 or 3, Group C, Group D of Group E occupancy.

(6)  A door shall be equipped with a power door operator where the door serves,

(a) a washroom for public use required to be barrier-free, or

(b) a Group A occupancy within a Group C major occupancy apartment building.

(3)  Sentence 3.8.3.3.(10) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “and” at the end of Clause (a), by adding “and” at the end of Clause (b) and by adding the following Clause:

(c) 300 mm beyond both sides of a sliding door.

(4)  Sentence 3.8.3.3.(11) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(11)  Vestibules located in a barrier-free path of travel,

(a) shall be arranged to allow the movement of wheelchairs between doors, and

(b) shall provide,

(i) where the doors into the vestibule are in series, a distance between the doors of at least 1 500 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel from one door to another, and

(ii) where the doors into the vestibule are not aligned, a turning diameter of 1 500 mm within the vestibule clear of any door swing.

(5)  Sentences 3.8.3.3.(16) and (17) of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

(16)  Where a power door operator is provided, it shall be installed on the latch side so as to allow persons to activate the opening of the door from either side.

(17)  Except where a proximity scanning device is installed in conformance with Sentence (18), the control for a power door operator required by Sentence (4), (5) or (6) shall,

(a) have a face dimension of not less than,

(i) 150 mm in diameter where the control is circular, or

(ii) 50 mm by 100 mm where the control is rectangular,

(b) be operable using a closed fist,

(c) be located so that,

(i) its centre is located not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 100 mm from the finished floor or ground, or

(ii) it extends from not more than 200 mm to not less than 900 mm above the finished floor or ground,

(d) be located not less than 600 mm and not more than 1 500 mm beyond the door swing where the door opens towards the control,

(e) be located in a clearly visible position, and

(f) contain a sign incorporating the International Symbol of Access.

(18)  A proximity scanning device that activates a power door shall be capable of detecting a person in a wheelchair.

(19)  A normally occupied floor area that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel shall comply with the following requirements:

(a) all doorways in public corridors in the normally occupied floor area shall comply with Sentence (1),

(b) door opening devices that are the only means of operation on doors in the normally occupied floor area shall comply with Sentence (3),

(c) where a vision panel is provided in a door in the normally occupied floor area, the panel shall comply with Sentence (14),

(d) doors consisting of a sheet of glass in the normally occupied floor area shall comply with Sentence (15), and

(e) where a power door operator is installed for doors in the normally occupied floor area, it shall comply with Sentences (16) and (17).

21.  (1)  Subclause 3.8.3.4.(1)(d)(ii) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(ii) where there is a change of 90 or more in the direction of the ramp,

(2)  Subclause 3.8.3.4.(1)(e)(v) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(v) be provided with a clearance of not less than 50 mm between the handrail and any wall or guard to which it is attached, and

(3)  Sentence 3.8.3.4.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “and” at the end of Subclause (f)(ii), by adding “and” at the end of Subclause (g)(ii) and by adding the following Clause:

(h) except as provided in Sentence (2), where the ramp is wider than 2 200 mm, have an intermediate handrail with a clear width of 900 mm between the intermediate handrail and one of the handrails described in Clause (e).

(4)  Sentence 3.8.3.4.(2) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(2)  Where a ramp serves as an aisleway for fixed seating, the requirements for handrails in Clauses (1)(e) and (h) and for walls or guards in Clause (1)(f) need not apply.

22.  Article 3.8.3.6. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.3.6.  Wheelchair Spaces and Adaptable Seating

(1)  Spaces designated for wheelchair use required by Sentence 3.8.2.1.(4) shall be,

(a) clear and level or level with removable seats,

(b) not less than 900 mm wide and not less than,

(i) 1 525 mm long where designed to permit a wheelchair to enter from a side approach, and

(ii) 1 220 mm long where designed to permit a wheelchair to enter from the front or rear of the space,

(c) arranged so that,

(i) at least two of the designated spaces are side by side, and

(ii) at least one fixed seat for a companion is located beside,

(A) each group of designated spaces, if two or more designated spaces are arranged side by side in a group, and

(B) each designated space that is not part of a group described in Sub-subclause (A),

(d) located adjoining a barrier-free path of travel without infringing on egress from any row of seating or any aisle requirements, and

(e) situated, as part of the designated seating plan, to provide a choice of viewing location and a clear view of the event taking place.

(2)  Fixed seats designated for adaptable seating required by Sentence 3.8.2.1.(4) shall be,

(a) located adjoining a barrier-free path of travel without infringing on egress from any row of seating or any aisle requirements,

(b) equipped with a movable or removable armrest on the side of the seat adjoining the barrier-free path of travel, and

(c) situated, as part of the designated seating plan, to provide a choice of viewing location and a clear view of the event taking place.

(3)  In an assembly occupancy with fixed seats, space shall be provided for the storage of wheelchairs and mobility assistive devices in accordance with the following requirements:

(a) at least one storage space not less than 810 mm by 1 370 mm shall be provided where the assembly occupancy has not more than 200 fixed seats and at least two such storage spaces shall be provided where the assembly occupancy has more than 200 fixed seats, and

(b) the storage space or spaces shall be located on the same level and in proximity to the spaces designated for wheelchair use and seats designated for adaptable seating.

23.  Articles 3.8.3.8. to 3.8.3.13. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.3.8.  Water Closet Stalls

(1)  Every barrier-free water closet stall in a washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(3) or (4) shall,

(a) have a clear turning space at least 1 500 mm in diameter,

(b) be equipped with a door that shall,

(i) be capable of being latched from the inside with a mechanism that is operable using a closed fist,

(ii) when the door is in an open position, have a clear opening of at least 860 mm,

(iii) swing outward, unless 820 mm by 1 440 mm clear floor area is provided within the stall to permit the door to be closed without interfering with the wheelchair,

(iv) be provided with spring-type or gravity hinges so that the door closes automatically,

(v) be provided with a door pull on both sides of the door, near the latch side of the door, located at a height not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 100 mm above the finished floor,

(vi) be aligned with a clear transfer space required by Subclause (2)(a)(ii) or Clause (2)(b), and

(vii) be capable of having the latch required by Subclause (i) released from the outside in case of an emergency,

(c) be equipped with a water closet conforming to Article 3.8.3.9. that is located in accordance with Clause (2)(a) or (b),

(d) Reserved

(e) be equipped with a coat hook mounted not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor on a side wall and projecting not more than 50 mm from the wall,

(f) have a clearance of at least 1 700 mm between the outside of the stall face and the face of an in-swinging washroom door and 1 400 mm between the outside of the stall face and any wall-mounted fixture or other obstruction, and

(g) where a toilet paper dispenser is provided, provide a dispenser that is,

(i) wall mounted,

(ii) located below the grab bar,

(iii) in line with or not more than 300 mm in front of the seat, and

(iv) not less than 600 mm above the finished floor.

(2)  A water closet described in Clause (1)(c) shall be,

(a) located so that,

(i) the centre line of the water closet is not less than 460 mm and not more than 480 mm from one side wall, and

(ii) a clear transfer space at least 900 mm wide and 1 500 mm deep is provided on the other side of the water closet, or

(b) located so that a clear transfer space at least 900 mm wide and 1 500 mm deep is provided on each side of the water closet.

(3)  Where a water closet is located in accordance with Clause (2)(a),

(a) a grab bar conforming to Sentences (5) and (7) shall be provided on the side wall referred to in Subclause (2)(a)(i),

(b) a fold-down grab bar may be provided and, if one is provided, it shall conform to Sentence (8) and be provided on the side of the water closet opposite the grab bar described in Clause (a), and

(c) a grab bar conforming to Sentences (6) and (7) shall be provided on the wall behind the water closet.

(4)  Where a water closet is located in accordance with Clause (2)(b),

(a) a fold-down grab bar conforming to Sentence (8) shall be provided on each side of the water closet, and

(b) a grab bar conforming to Sentences (6) and (7) shall be provided on the wall behind the water closet.

(5)  A grab bar described in Clause (3)(a) shall,

(a) be continuous L-shaped with 760 mm long horizontal and vertical components, and

(b) be wall mounted with the horizontal component 750 mm above the finished floor and the vertical component 150 mm in front of the water closet.

(6)  A grab bar described in Clause (3)(c) or (4)(b) shall,

(a) be at least 600 mm in length, and

(b) be wall mounted horizontally from 840 mm to 920 mm above the finished floor and, where the water closet has a water tank, be wall mounted 150 mm above the tank.

(7)  A grab bar described in Clause (3)(a) or (c) or (4)(b) shall,

(a) be installed to resist a load of at least 1.3 kN applied vertically or horizontally,

(b) be not less than 35 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter,

(c) have a clearance of 50 mm from the wall, and

(d) have a slip-resistant surface.

(8)  A fold-down grab bar described in Clause (3)(b) or (4)(a) shall,

(a) be mounted on the wall behind the water closet,

(i) with the horizontal component 750 mm above the finished floor, and

(ii) not less than 390 mm and not more than 410 mm from the centre line of the water closet,

(b) not require a force of more than 22.2 N to pull it down,

(c) be at least 760 mm in length,

(d) be installed to resist a load of at least 1.3 kN applied vertically or horizontally,

(e) be not less than 35 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter, and

(f) have a slip-resistant surface.

(9)  A fold-down grab bar installed in accordance with Sentence (8) is permitted to encroach into,

(a) the clear turning space described in Clause (1)(a), or

(b) a clear transfer space described in Subclause (2)(a)(ii) or Clause (2)(b).

(10)  Where an ambulatory water closet stall is required by Sentence 3.8.2.3.(6), it shall,

(a) be at least 1 500 mm in depth and be not less than 890 mm and not more than 940 mm in width,

(b) be equipped with a door that shall,

(i) be capable of being latched from the inside with a mechanism that is operable using a closed fist,

(ii) when the door is in an open position, have a clear opening of at least 810 mm,

(iii) swing outward, unless the minimum dimensions in Clause (a) are not located within the door swing,

(iv) be provided with spring-type or gravity hinges so that the door closes automatically,

(v) be provided with a door pull on both sides of the door, near the latch side of the door, located at a height not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 000 mm above the finished floor, and

(vi) be capable of having the latch required by Subclause (i) released from the outside in the case of an emergency,

(c) be equipped with a water closet conforming to Article 3.8.3.9. and located so that its centre line is centred between the partition walls,

(d) be equipped on each side of the water closet with grab bars conforming to Clause (3)(a), and

(e) be equipped with a coat hook conforming to Clause (1)(e).

3.8.3.9.  Water Closets

(1)  A water closet described in Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(c) or (10)(c) or 3.8.3.12.(1)(d) shall,

(a) be equipped with a seat located at not less than 430 mm and not more than 485 mm above the finished floor,

(b) be equipped with hand-operated flushing controls that are easily accessible to a wheelchair user or be automatically operable,

(c) be equipped with a back support where there is no seat lid or tank, and

(d) not have a spring-activated seat.

(2)  Hand-operated flushing controls required by Clause (1)(b) shall be operable using a closed fist and with a force of not more than 22.2 N.

3.8.3.10.  Urinals

(1)  Where more than one urinal is provided in a washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(3) or (4), at least one urinal shall be,

(a) wall mounted, with the rim located not more than 430 mm above the finished floor, or

(b) floor mounted, with the rim level with the finished floor.

(2)  A urinal described in Sentence (1) shall have,

(a) no step in front,

(b) a vertically mounted grab bar installed on each side of the urinal that,

(i) is not less than 300 mm long,

(ii) has its centre line 1 000 mm above the finished floor,

(iii) is located not less than 380 mm and not more than 450 mm measured horizontally from the vertical centre line of the urinal, and

(iv) complies with Sentence 3.8.3.8.(7), and

(c) a minimum depth of 345 mm measured from the outer face of the urinal rim to the back of the fixture.

(3)  Where manual flush controls are provided for a urinal described in Sentence (1), the flush controls shall be,

(a) operable using a closed fist, and

(b) mounted no higher than 1 200 mm above the finished floor.

(4)  Where privacy screens are installed for a urinal described in Sentence (1), they shall,

(a) be mounted a minimum of 460 mm from the centre line of the urinal, and

(b) have a clearance of at least 50 mm from the grab bars required by Clause (2)(b).

(5)  Where more than one urinal is provided in a washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(6), at least one urinal conforming to Sentences (1) to (4) shall be provided in the washroom.

3.8.3.11.  Lavatories

(1)  A washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(2), (3) or (4) shall be provided with a lavatory that shall,

(a) be located so that the distance between the centre line of the lavatory and the side wall is not less than 460 mm,

(b) be mounted so that the top of the lavatory is not more than 840 mm above the finished floor,

(c) have a clearance beneath the lavatory not less than,

(i) 920 mm wide,

(ii) 735 mm high at the front edge,

(iii) 685 mm high at a point 205 mm back from the front edge, and

(iv) 350 mm high from a point 300 mm back from the front edge to the wall,

(d) have insulated pipes where they would otherwise present a burn hazard or have water supply temperature limited to a maximum of 43C,

(e) be equipped with faucets that have lever type handles without spring loading or operate automatically and that are located so that the distance from the centre line of the faucet to the edge of the basin or, where the basin is mounted in a vanity, to the front edge of the vanity, is not more than 485 mm,

(f) have a minimum 1 370 mm deep floor space to allow for a forward approach, of which a maximum of 500 mm can be located under the lavatory,

(g) have a soap dispenser that is,

(i) located to be accessible to persons in wheelchairs,

(ii) located so that the dispensing height is not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor,

(iii) located not more than 610 mm, measured horizontally, from the edge of the lavatory, and

(iv) operable with one hand, and

(h) have a towel dispenser or other hand drying equipment that is,

(i) located to be accessible to persons in wheelchairs,

(ii) located so that the dispensing height is not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor,

(iii) operable with one hand, and

(iv) located not more than 610 mm, measured horizontally, from the edge of the lavatory.

(2)  If mirrors are installed in a washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(2), (3) or (4), at least one mirror shall be,

(a) installed above a lavatory required by Sentence (1), and

(b) mounted with its bottom edge not more than 1 000 mm above the finished floor or inclined to the vertical to be usable by a person in a wheelchair.

(3)  If dispensing or hand-operated washroom accessories, except those located in water closet stalls or described in Clause (1)(g), are provided, they shall be mounted so that,

(a) the dispensing height is not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor,

(b) the controls or operating mechanisms are mounted not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor, and

(c) a minimum 1 370 mm deep floor space is provided in front of the controls or operating mechanisms to allow for a front approach.

(4)  Where a shelf is installed above a lavatory required by Sentence (1), it shall,

(a) be located not more than 200 mm above the top of the lavatory and not more than 1 100 mm above the finished floor, and

(b) project not more than 100 mm from the wall.

(5)  A washroom described in Sentence 3.8.2.3.(6) shall be provided with a lavatory conforming to Clauses (1)(e), (g) and (h).

3.8.3.12.  Universal Washrooms

(1)  A universal washroom shall,

(a) be served by a barrier-free path of travel,

(b) have a door that is capable of being locked from the inside and released from the outside in case of emergency and that has,

(i) a graspable latch-operating mechanism located not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 000 mm above the finished floor,

(ii) if it is an outward swinging door, a door pull not less than 140 mm long located on the inside so that its midpoint is not less than 200 mm and not more than 300 mm from the latch side of the door and not less than 900 mm and not more than 1 000 mm above the finished floor, and

(iii) if it is an outward swinging door, a door closer, spring hinges or gravity hinges, so that the door closes automatically,

(c) have one lavatory conforming to Sentences 3.8.3.11.(1), (3) and (4),

(d) have one water closet conforming to Article 3.8.3.9. that is located in accordance with Clause 3.8.3.8.(2)(a) or (b),

(e) have grab bars conforming to,

(i) Sentence 3.8.3.8.(3), if the water closet is located in accordance with Clause 3.8.3.8.(2)(a), or

(ii) Sentence 3.8.3.8.(4), if the water closet is located in accordance with Clause 3.8.3.8.(2)(b),

(f) have no internal dimension between walls that is less than 1 700 mm,

(g) have a coat hook conforming to Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(e) and a shelf located not more than 1 200 mm above the finished floor,

(h) be designed to permit a wheelchair to turn in an open space not less than 1 700 mm in diameter,

(i) be provided with a door equipped with a power door operator if the door is equipped with a self-closing device,

(j) be provided with a mirror,

(i) installed above a lavatory described in Clause (1)(c), and

(ii) mounted with its bottom edge not more than 1 000 mm above the finished floor or inclined to the vertical to be usable by a person in a wheelchair, and

(k) have lighting controlled by a motion sensor conforming to Sentence 12.2.4.1.(2).

(2)  A universal washroom shall have,

(a) an emergency call system that consists of audible and visual signal devices inside and outside of the washroom that are activated by a control device inside the washroom, and

(b) an emergency sign that contains the words IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY PUSH EMERGENCY BUTTON AND AUDIBLE AND VISUAL SIGNAL WILL ACTIVATE in letters at least 25 mm high with a 5 mm stroke and that is posted above the emergency button.

(3)  A clear space not less than 810 mm wide and 1 830 mm long shall be provided in each universal washroom for an adult-size change table.

(4)  Where the clear space provided for an adult-size change table is adjacent to a wall, reinforcement shall be installed in the wall to permit the future installation of the change table.

(5)  Where an adult-size change table is installed, it shall,

(a) when fully loaded, have a surface height above the finished floor that can be adjusted from between 450 mm and 500 mm at the low range to between 850 mm and 900 mm at the high range,

(b) be designed to carry a minimum load of 1.33 kN,

(c) have a clear floor space parallel to the long side of the table not less than 760 mm wide and 1 500 mm long, and

(d) in the case of a fold-down table,

(i) be installed so that it does not encroach into a clear transfer space described in Clause 3.8.3.8.(2)(a) or (b), and

(ii) have no operating mechanisms higher than 1 200 mm.

(6)  A universal washroom need not conform to Sentences (3) and (4) if,

(a) it is located in an individual suite that,

(i) is used for an assembly occupancy, a business and personal services occupancy, a mercantile occupancy or an industrial occupancy, and

(ii) is less than 300 m2 in building area, or

(b) another universal washroom conforming to this Article is provided on the same floor level within 45 m.

3.8.3.13.  Showers and Bathtubs

(1)  Except within a suite of residential occupancy, if showers are provided in a building, the number of barrier-free showers shall conform to Table 3.8.3.13.

Table 3.8.3.13.
Minimum Number of Barrier-Free Showers

Forming Part of Sentence 3.8.3.13.(1)

Item

Column 1

Number of Showers provided in a Group

Column 2

Minimum Number of Showers Required to Be Barrier-Free

1.

1

0

2.

2 to 7

1

3.

Over 7

1, plus 1 for each additional increment of 7 showers in a group

(2)  A barrier-free shower required by Sentence (1) shall,

(a) be not less than 1 500 mm wide and 900 mm deep,

(b) have a clear floor space at the entrance to the shower not less than 900 mm deep and the same width as the shower, except that fixtures are permitted to project into that space provided they do not restrict access to the shower,

(c) have a slip-resistant floor surface,

(d) have a threshold that is level with the adjacent finished floor or a bevelled threshold not more than 13 mm higher than the adjacent finished floor,

(e) have a hinged seat that is not spring-loaded or a fixed seat that shall be,

(i) not less than 450 mm wide and 400 mm deep,

(ii) mounted not less than 430 mm and not more than 485 mm above the finished floor,

(iii) designed to carry a minimum load of 1.3 kN, and

(iv) located so that the edge of the seat is within 500 mm of the shower controls,

(f) have a wall mounted continuous L-shaped grab bar conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.8.(7) and located between the shower head and the controls, with the horizontal component of the grab bar mounted not more than 850 mm above the finished floor,

(g) have a pressure-equalizing or thermostatic mixing valve controlled by a lever or other device operable using a closed fist from the seated position,

(h) have a hand-held shower head with not less than 1 500 mm of flexible hose located so that it can be reached from the seated position and equipped with a support so that it can operate as a fixed shower head, and

(i) have fully recessed soap holders that can be reached from the seated position.

(3)  Individual showers that are provided for use by patients or residents in buildings of Group B, Division 2 or 3 occupancy shall conform to Sentence (2).

(4)  Individual bathtubs that are provided for the use of patients or residents in buildings of Group B, Division 2 or 3 occupancy shall have,

(a) faucets that have lever type handles without spring loading or that operate automatically,

(b) faucet handles that are located so as to be usable by a person seated in the bathtub,

(c) unless the bathtub is free-standing, a continuous L-shaped grab bar conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.8.(7) with 900 mm long horizontal and vertical components mounted with,

(i) the horizontal component located not less than 150 mm and not more than 200 mm above and parallel to the rim of the bathtub, and

(ii) the vertical component located not less than 300 mm and not more than 450 mm from the control end of the bathtub, and

(d) unless the bathtub is free-standing, a grab bar conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.8.(7) that is located at each end of the bathtub and is,

(i) at least 760 mm long,

(ii) mounted vertically from a point 200 mm above the rim of the bathtub, and

(iii) mounted within 150 mm from the edge of the bathtub, measured horizontally.

(5)  Where a barrier-free bathtub is provided, a clear floor space at least 900 mm wide and 1 440 mm long shall be provided along the full length of the bathtub.

24.  Articles 3.8.3.15. and 3.8.3.16. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

3.8.3.15.  Shelves or Counters for Telephones

(1)  Where more than one telephone is provided for public use, a built-in shelf or counter shall be provided for at least one telephone.

(2)  A shelf or counter described in Sentence (1) shall,

(a) be level,

(b) be not less than 500 mm wide and 350 mm deep, and

(c) have, for each telephone provided, a clear space that,

(i) is not less than 810 mm wide and 1 370 mm deep, centred on the telephone, and

(ii) has no obstruction within 250 mm above the surface.

(3)  The top surface of a section of the shelf or counter described in Sentence (1) shall,

(a) be located not less than 775 mm and not more than 875 mm from the finished floor, and

(b) have a knee space not less than 740 mm high.

(4)  Where a wall-hung telephone is provided above the shelf or counter section described in Sentence (3), it shall be located so that the receiver and coin or card slot are not more than 1 200 mm from the finished floor.

(5)  Where more than one telephone is provided for public use in a normally occupied floor area that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, a built-in shelf or counter that conforms to Sentences (2), (3) and (4) shall be provided for at least one telephone.

3.8.3.16.  Drinking Fountains

(1)  Where more than one drinking fountain is provided, at least one shall be a barrier-free fountain that conforms to Sentences (2) and (3).

(2)  A barrier-free drinking fountain shall,

(a) have a spout located near the front of the unit not more than 915 mm above the finished floor,

(b) be equipped with controls that are easily operated from a wheelchair using one hand with a force of not more than 22 N or operates automatically,

(c) project the water at least 100 mm high,

(d) provide the water stream at a vertical angle of up to,

(i) 30o, where the spout is located less than 75 mm from the front of the fountain, or

(ii) 15o, where the spout is located not less than 75 mm and not more than 125 mm from the front of the fountain,

(e) be detectable by a cane at a level at or below 680 mm from the finished floor, and

(f) where the drinking fountain is cantilevered, meet the following requirements:

(i) be mounted not more than 915 mm above the finished floor,

(ii) provide a clearance height under the fountain of not less than 735 mm above the finished floor,

(iii) have a clear depth under the fountain of not less than 500 mm,

(iv) have a clear width under the fountain of not less than 760 mm,

(v) have a toe clearance height under the fountain of at least 350 mm above the finished floor from a point 300 mm back from the front edge to the wall, and

(vi) have a depth at the base of the fountain of at least 700 mm.

(3)  A barrier-free drinking fountain required by Sentence (1) shall have a clear floor space in front of, or adjacent to, the fountain that is a minimum of 810 mm deep and 1 370 mm wide.

(4)  Where more than one drinking fountain is provided in a normally occupied floor area that is not required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, at least one shall be a barrier-free fountain that conforms to Sentences (2) and (3).

3.8.3.17.  Platforms

(1)  A tactile attention indicator conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. shall be installed along any edge of a platform that is,

(a) not protected by a guard, and

(b) higher than 250 mm above the finished floor or ground or sloped steeper than 1 in 3.

(2)  Sentence (1) does not apply to the front edges of stages.

3.8.3.18.  Tactile Attention Indicators

(1)  Where a tactile attention indicator is required, it shall conform to Clauses 4.1.1. and 4.1.2. of ISO 23599, “Assistive Products for Blind and Vision-Impaired Persons – Tactile Walking Surface Indicators”.

25.  (1)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “Sentences (2) to (26)” at the end and substituting “Sentences (2) to (26) and Articles 3.11.3.2. and 3.11.3.3.”.

(2)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(3) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “persons who are disabled or ill” and substituting “persons with disabilities or persons who are ill”.

(3)  Clause 3.11.3.1.(4)(e) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “Sentence 3.11.5.1.(1)” at the end and substituting “Sentence 3.11.5.2.(1)”.

(4)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(8) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “Sentence 3.11.5.1.(1)” and substituting “Sentence 3.11.5.2.(1)”.

(5)  Clause 3.11.3.1.(9)(a) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(a) except for a pool described in Sentence 3.11.5.2.(1), be not less than 1 800 mm wide,

(6)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(14) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(14)  Except for a modified pool and wave action pool, the perimeter of the pool deck shall be clearly delineated by a tactile attention indicator conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. and located where any area contiguous to the pool deck may be confused with the deck.

(7)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(18) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(18)  Except for a modified pool and wave action pool, at least,

(a) one ladder or set of steps shall be provided in both the deep and shallow areas of a public pool for entry into and egress from the pool water, and

(b) one barrier-free access shall be provided for entry into and egress from the water of a public pool as required by Article 3.11.3.3.

(8)  Sentence 3.11.3.1.(25) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(25)  Except for a modified pool and a pool to which Sentence 3.11.5.2.(2) applies, every public pool having a maximum water depth of 2 500 mm or less shall display a warning notice posted in a location clearly visible to divers on which are printed in letters at least 150 mm high the words CAUTION — AVOID DEEP DIVES or SHALLOW WATER — NO DIVING.

26.  Subsection 3.11.3. of Division B of the Regulation is amended by adding the following Articles:

3.11.3.2.  Barrier-Free Path of Travel for Outdoor Pool Deck

(1)  Where an outdoor pool is provided, a barrier-free path of travel shall be provided to and throughout the normally occupied portions of the pool deck.

3.11.3.3.  Access into Public Pools

(1)  Access for entry into and egress from the water of a public pool provided in a storey that is required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel shall be barrier-free and shall be provided by,

(a) a ramp conforming to,

(i) Article 3.11.5.1., and

(ii) Article 3.11.5.2., in the case of a pool described in Sentence 3.11.5.2.(1), or

(b) a pool lift conforming to the manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions and conforming to Sentences (2) to (6).

(2)  Except where the entire pool depth is greater than 1 220 mm, where a pool lift is installed, at least one lift shall be located where the water level does not exceed 1 220 mm.

(3)  The centre line of the seat for the pool lift shall be located over the deck and a minimum of 400 mm from the edge of the pool when in the raised position.

(4)  A clear deck space located parallel with the seat for the pool lift and on the side of the seat opposite the water shall,

(a) be at least 915 mm wide, and

(b) extend forward not less than 1 220 mm from a line located 305 mm behind the rear edge of the seat.

(5)  The pool lift shall be,

(a) designed to be operable without assistance from both the deck and water, and

(b) designed so that, when in use, its controls and operating mechanisms are unobstructed.

(6)  The pool lift shall,

(a) have a weight capacity of at least 135 kg, and

(b) be capable of sustaining a static load of at least 1.5 times the rated load.

27.  Subsection 3.11.5. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.11.5.  Ramps into Public Pools

3.11.5.1.  Ramps into Public Pools

(1)  Where barrier-free access for entry into and egress from the water of a public pool is provided by a ramp as required by Clause 3.11.3.3.(1)(a), the pool shall be designed and constructed in accordance with Sentences (2) to (4).

(2)  A ramp shall have,

(a) along each side a handrail that,

(i) has a height of not less than 865 mm and not more than 965 mm, and

(ii) runs parallel to the slope of the ramp,

(b) a width of at least 1 100 mm,

(c) a curb or other means to prevent a wheelchair from falling off the side of the ramp,

(d) surface finishes capable of being kept clean, sanitary and free from slipperiness, and

(e) a landing at the bottom at least 1 500 mm in length and the same width as the ramp.

(3)  Where a ramp that is not submerged is adjacent to the pool wall and is used for access to the water, the pool shall be constructed so that,

(a) the landing at the bottom of the ramp is at least 450 mm but not more than 550 mm below the top of the wall separating the ramp from the pool,

(b) the landing is equipped with a floor drain at its lowest point,

(c) the top of the wall between the pool and the ramp is at least 250 mm and not more than 300 mm in width,

(d) the pool deck is capable of accommodating a movable barrier separating the deck from the ramp,

(e) the water depth at the landing is accurately and clearly marked at the landing in figures at least 100 mm high on the top of the wall separating the pool from the ramp, and

(f) the ramp has a slope not exceeding 1 in 12.

(4)  Where a submerged ramp is adjacent to the pool wall and is used for access to the water, the pool shall be constructed so that,

(a) the water depth at the bottom of the ramp is at least 600 mm and not greater than 900 mm,

(b) a hard-surfaced area that is at least 750 mm wide is contiguous to the entire length of the part of the submerged ramp that pierces any part of the deck,

(c) the area described in Clause (b) is capable of accommodating a movable barrier separating the area from the deck,

(d) the finishes in submerged portions of the ramps and curbs are different in colour or shade from each other and from that of the pool walls and bottom, and

(e) the submerged ramp has a slope not exceeding 1 in 9.

3.11.5.2.  Public Pools in Group B, Division 2 or 3 Major Occupancies

(1)  Despite Sentences 3.11.3.1.(4) and (8) and Clause 3.11.3.1.(9)(a), where a public pool is constructed in a building containing a Group B, Division 2 or 3 major occupancy and has a water depth not exceeding 1 500 mm and a water surface area not exceeding 100 m2, the pool deck contiguous to not more than 50% of the total perimeter of the pool may be replaced by one or more ramps that will permit a bather seated in a wheelchair to enter the water with or without the wheelchair.

(2)  Despite Sentence 3.11.3.1.(25), a warning notice, on which are printed in letters at least 150 mm high the words CAUTION — NO DIVING, shall be posted conspicuously on each wall or fence line enclosing a pool described in Sentence (1).

(3)  There shall be a curb along the perimeter of a pool described in Sentence (1) except at steps, ladders and ramp entrances.

(4)  The curb required by Sentence (3) shall have,

(a) a height of 50 mm,

(b) rounded edges,

(c) a coved base, and

(d) a raised nosing at the top to serve as a fingerhold for a bather in the water.

28.  (1)  Sentence 3.11.6.1.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  A modified pool is exempt from Sentences 3.11.3.1.(4) to (9), (12), (13), (14), (16), (17), (18), (21), (23), (24) and (25), Sentence 3.11.8.1.(12) and Article 3.11.3.3.

(2)  Sentence 3.11.6.1.(4) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “exceed 8%” at the end and substituting “exceed 1 in 12”.

29.  (1)  Sentence 3.11.7.1.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  A wave action pool is exempt from Sentences 3.11.3.1.(4) to (9), (12), (13), (14), (17), (18) and (23), Sentence 3.11.8.1.(12) and Article 3.11.3.3.

(2)  Sentence 3.11.7.1.(3) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(3)  The slope of the bottom of any portion of a wave action pool,

(a) shall not exceed 1 in 12 where the still water depth is less than 1 000 mm, and

(b) shall not exceed 1 in 9 where the still water depth is 1 000 mm or more.

30.  Subsection 3.12.3. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.12.3.  Ramps and Access into Public Spas

3.12.3.1.  Ramps into Public Spas

(1)  Not more than 50% of the total perimeter of a public spa may be replaced by one or more ramps that permit a bather seated in a wheelchair to enter the water with or without the wheelchair.

(2)  If a public spa has one or more ramps described in Sentence (1), the public spa shall comply with Article 3.11.5.1. and Sentences 3.11.5.2.(3) and (4).

3.12.3.2.  Access into Public Spas

(1)  Where more than one public spa is provided within a suite located on a storey that is required by Article 3.8.2.1. to have a barrier-free path of travel, a barrier-free access described in Sentence (2) shall be provided to at least one public spa.

(2)  Barrier-free access for entry into and egress from a public spa shall be provided by,

(a) a ramp conforming to Article 3.12.3.1.,

(b) a pool lift conforming to the manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions and conforming to Sentences 3.11.3.3.(2) to (6), or

(c) a transfer wall conforming to Sentences (3) to (5).

(3)  A transfer wall providing barrier-free access for entry into and egress from a public spa shall,

(a) have a height not less than 405 mm and not more than 485 mm measured from the pool deck,

(b) have a depth of at least 300 mm and not more than 400 mm,

(c) be slip-resistant and have edges that are rounded, and

(d) have at least one grab bar that,

(i) is perpendicular to the pool and extends the full depth of the transfer wall,

(ii) is located not less than 100 mm and not more than 150 mm above the transfer wall,

(iii) has a clearance of at least 610 mm on both sides,

(iv) complies with Clauses 3.8.3.8.(7)(a) and (b), and

(v) is made of a slip-resistant material.

(4)  The deck area required to make a lateral transfer to the transfer wall shall,

(a) be outside and adjacent to the barrier-free path of travel described in Sentence (1),

(b) have no obstructions at the side of the transfer wall serving the transfer space,

(c) have a clear space of 900 mm by 2 200 mm, and

(d) have a slope less than 2% provided at the base of the transfer wall surface.

(5)  The deck area described in Clause (4)(c) shall be centred on,

(a) the grab bar where one grab bar is provided, or

(b) the clear space between the grab bars where more than one grab bar is provided.

31.  Article 3.13.8.1. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

3.13.8.1.  Application

(1)  Except as provided in this Subsection, the requirements in Section 3.8. apply to rapid transit stations.

(2)  A rapid transit station need not be provided with more than one barrier-free entrance described in Article 3.8.1.2.

(3)  At least one barrier-free path of travel shall be provided from a barrier-free entrance,

(a) into the fare-paid area, and

(b) to each platform.

32.  Sentence 3.13.8.3.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  Except as provided in Sentence (2), the elevator described in Article 3.13.8.2. shall be capable of providing transportation from each platform to a barrier-free entrance described in Article 3.8.1.2.

33.  Sentence 9.5.2.3.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1)  If wood wall studs or sheet steel wall studs enclose the main bathroom in a dwelling unit, reinforcement shall be installed to permit the future installation of the following:

(a) for a water closet, a grab bar described in Clauses 3.8.3.8.(3)(a) and a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.8.(3)(c),

(b) for a shower, a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.13.(2)(f), and

(c) for a bathtub, a grab bar described in Clause 3.8.3.13.(4)(c).

34.  (1)  Sentence 9.8.9.6.(1) of Division B of the Regulation is amended by striking out “Except as required in Sentence (4)” at the beginning in the portion before Clause (a) and substituting “Except as required by Sentence (5)”.

(2)  Sentences 9.8.9.6.(3) and (4) of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

(3)  Stairs and ramps, except those serving a single dwelling unit, service rooms or service spaces, shall have a colour contrast or a distinctive visual pattern to demarcate,

(a) the leading edge of the treads,

(b) the leading edge of the landing, and

(c) the beginning and end of a ramp.

(4)  Except for stairs serving a single dwelling unit, service rooms or service spaces, a tactile attention indicator conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. shall be installed,

(a) at the top of the stairs starting one tread depth back from the edge of the top stair, and

(b) at the leading edge of landings where a doorway opens onto stairs.

(5)  Treads and landings of interior and exterior stairs and ramps, other than those within dwelling units, shall have a slip-resistant finish or be provided with slip-resistant strips that extend not more than 1 mm above the surface.

35.  Article 9.10.19.1. of Division B of the Regulation is amended by adding the following Sentence:

(2)  Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signalling component conforming to the requirements in 18.5.3. (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.

36.  Sentence 9.10.19.3.(3) of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(3)  A smoke alarm required in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signalling component conforming to the requirements in 18.5.3. (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.

(4)  Smoke alarms required in Article 9.10.19.1. and Sentence (1) shall be installed on or near the ceiling.

37.  Article 11.3.3.2. of Division B of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

11.3.3.2.  Extensive Renovation

(1)  Where existing interior walls or ceilings or floor assemblies or roof assemblies are substantially removed in an existing building and new interior walls, ceilings, floor assemblies or roof assemblies are installed in the building, structural and fire-resistance elements shall be constructed in compliance with the requirements of the other Parts.

(2)  Except as provided in Section 11.5., the proposed construction within an existing suite shall comply with the requirements of Section 3.8. where,

(a) new interior walls or floor assemblies are installed,

(b) the suite has an area greater than 300 m2, and

(c) the suite is located in,

(i) a floor area where the existing difference in elevation between the adjacent ground level and the floor level is not more than 200 mm, or

(ii) a normally occupied floor area which is accessible by a passenger type elevator or other platform equipped passenger elevating device from an entrance storey where the existing difference in elevation between the adjacent ground level and the entrance storey level is not more than 200 mm.

(3)  Except as provided in Section 11.5., the proposed construction within an existing suite shall comply with the requirements of Sentences 3.8.1.3.(6), 3.8.2.3.(6), 3.8.3.1.(6), 3.8.3.3.(19), 3.8.3.7.(1), 3.8.3.15.(5) and 3.8.3.16.(4) where new interior walls or floor assemblies are installed and only one of the following requirements is met:

(a) the suite has an area greater than 300 m2, or

(b) the suite is located in a floor area described in Subclause (2)(c)(i) or in a normally occupied floor area described in Subclause (2)(c)(ii).

(4)  Except as provided in Sentence (5), where existing interior walls or ceilings or floor assemblies or roof assemblies are substantially removed on any storey in an existing building and new interior walls, ceilings, floor assemblies or roof assemblies are installed, the storey shall be sprinklered if,

(a) the storey will contain a Group C major occupancy, and

(b) the building is over 3 storeys in building height.

(5)  Sentence (4) does not apply where the building,

(a) conforms to Subclause 3.2.2.44.(1)(a)(ii), and

(b) contains dwelling units having means of egress conforming to Sentence 3.3.4.4.(8).

(6)  Where existing interior walls or ceilings or floor assemblies or roof assemblies are substantially removed and new interior walls, ceilings, floor assemblies or roof assemblies are installed in an existing building or part of an existing building that is a retirement home regulated under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, the following requirements apply:

(a) the retirement home shall be sprinklered,

(b) a voice communication system conforming to Article 3.2.4.23. shall be provided in the building, if Clause 3.2.6.8.(1)(b) or (c), as applicable, requires that such a voice communication system be provided in the building, and

(c) doors to suites and sleeping rooms not within suites in the retirement home, other than doors leading directly to the exterior, shall be equipped with self-closing devices.

38.  Items 70 to 76 of Table 11.5.1.1.A. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

70.

A70

3.8.1.2.

Existing accessible entrance acceptable. (See C.A. A74)

Existing curb ramp conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.2.(3) is acceptable.
Existing principal entrance acceptable, provided at least one barrier-free entrance is available.

71.

A71

3.8.1.3.(1)

Existing unobstructed width of 920 mm minimum is acceptable.

72.

A72

3.8.1.3.(4)

Existing unobstructed space not less than 1 500 mm in width and 1 500 mm in length located not more than 30 m apart is acceptable.

72.1

A72.1

3.8.3.2.(3)(b)

Existing curb ramp acceptable, provided width not less than 1 200 mm.

73.

A73

3.8.3.3.(1)

Existing doorway acceptable, provided not less than 810 mm wide.

73.1

A73.1

3.8.3.3.(11)(a)

Existing distance acceptable, provided not less than 1 200 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel.

74.

A74

3.8.3.4.(1)(a)

Existing ramp acceptable, provided not less than 870 mm between handrails.

75.

A75

3.8.3.8.(5)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

75.1

A75.1

3.8.3.12.

Existing universal washroom acceptable.

76.

A76

3.8.3.13.(2)(f)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

76.1

A76.1

3.8.3.16.

Existing drinking fountain conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.16.(2)(a) and (b) acceptable.

76.2

A76.2

3.11.3.1.(9)

Existing clear width acceptable, provided not less than 900 mm.

76.3

A76.3

3.11.3.1.(14)

Existing painted line acceptable.

39.  Items 71 to 77 of Table 11.5.1.1.B. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

71.

B71

3.8.1.2.

Existing accessible entrance acceptable. (See C.A. B75)

Existing curb ramp conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.2.(3) is acceptable.
Existing principal entrance acceptable, provided at least one barrier-free entrance is available.

72.

B72

3.8.1.3.(1)

Existing unobstructed width of 920 mm minimum is acceptable.

73.

B73

3.8.1.3.(4)

Existing unobstructed space not less than 1 500 mm in width and 1 500 mm in length located not more than 30 m apart is acceptable.

73.1

B73.1

3.8.3.2.(3)(b)

Existing curb ramp acceptable, provided width not less than 1 200 mm.

74.

B74

3.8.3.3.(1)

Existing doorway acceptable, provided not less than 810 mm wide.

74.1

B74.1

3.8.3.3.(11)(a)

Existing distance acceptable, provided not less than 1 200 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel.

75.

B75

3.8.3.4.(1)(a)

Existing ramp acceptable, provided not less than 870 mm between handrails.

76.

B76

3.8.3.8.(5)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

76.1

B76.1

3.8.3.12.

Existing universal washroom acceptable.

77.

B77

3.8.3.13.(2)(f)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

77.1

B77.1

3.8.3.16.

Existing drinking fountain conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.16.(2)(a) and (b) acceptable.

77.2

B77.2

3.11.3.1.(9)

Existing clear width acceptable, provided not less than 900 mm.

77.3

B77.3

3.11.3.1.(14)

Existing painted line acceptable.

40.  Items 81 to 87 of Table 11.5.1.1.C. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

81.

C81

3.8.1.2.

Existing accessible entrance acceptable. (see C.A. C85)

Existing curb ramp conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.2.(3) is acceptable.
Existing principal entrance acceptable, provided at least one barrier-free entrance is available.

82.

C82

3.8.1.3.(1)

Existing unobstructed width of 920 mm minimum is acceptable.

83.

C83

3.8.1.3.(4)

Existing unobstructed space not less than 1 500 mm in width and 1 500 mm in length located not more than 30 m apart is acceptable.

83.1

C83.1

3.8.3.2.(3)(b)

Existing curb ramp acceptable, provided width not less than 1 200 mm.

84.

C84

3.8.3.3.(1)

Existing doorway acceptable, provided not less than 810 mm wide.

84.1

C84.1

3.8.3.3.(11)(a)

Existing distance acceptable, provided not less than 1 200 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel.

85.

C85

3.8.3.4.(1)(a)

Existing ramp acceptable, provided not less than 870 mm between handrails.

86.

C86

3.8.3.8.(5)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

86.1

C86.1

3.8.3.12.

Existing universal washroom acceptable.

87.

C87

3.8.3.13.(2)(f)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

87.1

C87.1

3.8.3.16.

Existing drinking fountain conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.16.(2)(a) and (b) acceptable.

87.2

C87.2

3.11.3.1.(9)

Existing clear width acceptable, provided not less than 900 mm.

87.3

C87.3

3.11.3.1.(14)

Existing painted line acceptable.

41.  Items 74 to 80 of Table 11.5.1.1.D/E. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

74.

DE74

3.8.1.2.

Existing accessible entrance acceptable. (See C.A. DE78)

     

Existing curb ramp conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.2.(3) is acceptable.
Existing principal entrance acceptable, provided at least one barrier-free entrance is available.

75.

DE75

3.8.1.3.(1)

Existing unobstructed width of 920 mm minimum is acceptable.

76.

DE76

3.8.1.3.(4)

Existing unobstructed space not less than 1 500 mm in width and 1 500 mm in length located not more than 30 m apart is acceptable.

76.1

DE76.1

3.8.3.2.(3)(b)

Existing curb ramp acceptable, provided width not less than 1 200 mm.

77.

DE77

3.8.3.3.(1)

Existing doorway acceptable, provided not less than 810 mm wide.

77.1

DE77.1

3.8.3.3.(11)(a)

Existing distance acceptable, provided not less than 1 200 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel.

78.

DE78

3.8.3.4.(1)(a)

Existing ramp acceptable, provided not less than 870 mm between handrails.

79.

DE79

3.8.3.8.(5)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

79.1

DE79.1

3.8.3.12.

Existing universal washroom acceptable.

80.

DE80

3.8.3.13.(2)(f)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

80.1

DE80.1

3.8.3.16.

Existing drinking fountain conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.16.(2)(a) and (b) acceptable.

42.  Items 75 to 81 of Table 11.5.1.1.F. of Division B of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

75.

F75

3.8.1.2.

Existing accessible entrance acceptable. (See C.A. F79)

     

Existing curb ramp conforming to Sentence 3.8.3.2.(3) is acceptable.
Existing principal entrance acceptable, provided at least one barrier-free entrance is available.

76.

F76

3.8.1.3.(1)

Existing unobstructed width of 920 mm minimum is acceptable.

77.

F77

3.8.1.3.(4)

Existing unobstructed space not less than 1 500 mm in width and 1 500 mm in length located not more than 30 m apart is acceptable.

77.1

F77.1

3.8.3.2.(3)(b)

Existing curb ramp acceptable, provided width not less than 1 200 mm.

78

F78

3.8.3.3.(1)

Existing doorway acceptable, provided not less than 810 mm wide.

78.1

F78.1

3.8.3.3.(11)(a)

Existing distance acceptable, provided not less than 1 200 mm plus the width of any door that swings into the space in the path of travel.

79.

F79

3.8.3.4.(1)(a)

Existing ramp acceptable, provided not less than 870 mm between handrails.

80.

F80

3.8.3.8.(5)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

80.1

F80.1

3.8.3.12.

Existing universal washroom acceptable.

81.

F81

3.8.3.13.(2)(f)

Existing grab bar is acceptable.

81.1

F81.1

3.8.3.16.

Existing drinking fountain conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.16.(2)(a) and (b) acceptable.

Commencement

43.  This Regulation comes into force on January 1, 2015.

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