Public Toilets

How are public toilets age-friendly?

The need for accessible toilet facilities cannot be underestimated for older adults as well as families traveling with young children. Public toilet facilities need to be carefully sited, with adequate funding allocation for routine maintenance and upkeep.

All-gender restrooms can also create benefits for people with disabilities who require the help of an attendant or caregiver who may have a different gender identity.

Public toilets and shelter at Judkins Park

Where should public toilets be prioritized?

Placing public toilets along pedestrian routes, and at social spaces, can encourage people to travel farther and stay longer, allowing them to participate more fully in public, and social life. All civic facilities including parks, libraries, transit stations and bus hubs should consider public toilets.

Primary departments invested in public toilets

  • Human Services Department
  • Office of Planning and Community Development
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation

Estimated cost*

$-$$ also requires ongoing maintenance 

* Cost levels:
$ = Under $100,000
$$ = $100,001-$500,000
$$$ = $500,001-$1,000,000
$$$$= Over $1,000,001

Resources

Human Services Department, City-funded restrooms and hygiene services