Minneapolis Considers Deregulating Bathrooms

Updated: 06/17/2013 6:56 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Right now Minneapolis code requires bars and restaurants, no matter how small, to have separate male and female restrooms.

The matter applies only to single stall bathrooms, not larger multi-stall bathrooms.

Small business owners say the requirement is a needless but costly requirement. In fact, one bar owner says the requirement cost her an additional $5-$10,000 during a recent remodeling project.

It also means people needing to use a restroom must wait until theirs is not being used even when an opposite sex bathroom is empty.

City councilors are now considering whether to strip the gender requirement from city code. It could lead to more unisex bathrooms that men and women share.

However, councilors say state law may have to be changed as well since city code is often patterned after state building codes.