Fitting Rooms

Min. clear width of accessible doors to be 32” when door is open 90 degrees.
CBC 1133B.2

Mirrors to be 18” wide, 54” tall, mounted with bottom edge 20” max. from floor.  Mounted to provide view to person on bench as well as standing.
CBC 1117B.8

Clothing hooks to be mounted 48” max. from the floor – unless behind bench where max. height = 46”
CBC 1117B.8

Provide 24”x48” bench fixed to wall along long dimension, 17”-19” above finish floor.   Provide clear floor space along side to allow for parallel transfer.  Note: 2010 ADA requires 30” clear space at end of bench.
CBC 1117B.8  2010 ADA 903.2

Min. 60”x 60” clear space within room.  Door swing cannot encroach into clear space.
CBC 1117B.8 ADAAG 4.35.2

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10 Responses to Fitting Rooms

  1. Shawn says:

    Do the doors have to be specific for the ADA fitting room? Swinging, special hinges, etc?

    Thank you.

    • Dwight Ashdown says:

      No special hinges. Fitting room doors should swing out – not into the clear space required inside the room. The doors should provide 32″ clear opening when the door is open 90 deg. Do not use surface mounted flush bolts to secure / lock the door.
      I hope that helps.

  2. Maggie says:

    Does a retail space still have to provide an ADA compliant dressing room (with 60″ turn and bench, etc.) if all dressing rooms are curtained? Or, do curtained rooms eliminate the requirement for the larger fitting room area?

    • Dwight Ashdown says:

      If your dressing rooms are defined by curtains – and you can essentially combine 2 dressing rooms by retracting the curtain between them to provide the required clear space & a bench – then you would be ok. Otherwise, simply having curtains on the dressing rooms doesn’t eliminate the need for the required turning space and bench etc.

      • Kelly says:

        Right now my dressing room is in a corner with two curtains closing it. We do not have a bench and when measured it is 30 x 48″. So basically it has to be doubled and a bench added? We have such limited space I am not sure how it is going to be expanded yet. Though I assume what I have is too small, correct?

        • Dwight Ashdown says:

          It sounds like your dressing room is too small to meet the current requirements. Without seeing it / seeing a plan drawing of your space, it’s difficult to tell you what to do. Generally, you are required to do what is “readily achievable” – which means that you don’t have to turn your store upside down in order to make it compliant – but you do have to do what can be readily achieved.

          • Kelly says:

            I did a CASp inspection in April and I did what I could with the rest of the shop to make it up to code, but the dressing room is the main issue. My main concern is there is a lawyer who here so is famous for filing lawsuits to a ton of small businesses that are not completely up to ADA code. He often puts them out of business so I am pretty terrified of that. I want to change the dressing room at some point, but I would have to rebuild the shop a bit, which I cannot at this point. If I have had the inspection and am aware of the issue, does this make me even more liable for a lawsuit? Thanks so much for your input, I really appreciate it!

  3. Boaz Hess says:


    I am about to re-fit a retail store for clothing in Manhattan Beach and wonder two things: Does my retail space have to offer a bathroom inside by law? It is part of a building and has many bathrooms.

    Second issue is fitting rooms. Is it a legal requirement to have a fitting room? And if so, is it a requirement to have a minimum space?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Dwight Ashdown says:

      Re: your question about restrooms, it depends on how large the retail space is, & at least in San Francisco, the # of employees you have. At a minimum, you need a restroom f/ your employees, or easy / close access to a restroom.
      If you have dressing rooms, one of them should be accessible.

  4. Boaz Hess says:

    Thank you so much for your kind response. I will take your advice.

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