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CALIFORNIA ADA STANDARDS (Title 24)

Some states depart from national standards. Below is a summary of the California law relating to signs and identification with a comparison to the 2004 ADAAG.


CALIFORNIA RESTROOM DOOR SIGNS

In addition to the wall mounted Tactile/Braille restroom sign California requires that 12 inch geometric signs be mounted on the restroom door, centered, 60 inches from center of sign to the finished floor. The geometric shapes must be 1/4 inch thick and must contrast with the door. Accessible restrooms must include the wheelchair symbol.

Mens Restroom Door Sign

Womens Restroom Door Sign

Unisex Restroom Door Sign

Men / Boys
12 inch equilateral triangle

Women / Girls
12 inch diameter circle

Unisex
Triangle within 12" circle

The California Restroom Sign Rules apply to Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Bathing Facilities with restrooms inside.

The geometric door signs can be any color, however they must contrast with the door.

In cases where there is no door to a restroom, just an opening, then mount the geometric sign adjacent to the opening. Add tactile text and Braille to the sign.

Restrooms that are not accessible should have a sign showing direction to the nearest accessible restroom.

CALIFORNIA EXIT SIGNS

Tactile signs that say "EXIT" are required at each grade level exterior exit door.

Tactile signs required at each door that leads to a grade-level exterior exit by means of a stairway or ramp (as appropriate):

• EXIT STAIR DOWN or EXIT STAIR UP

• EXIT RAMP DOWN or EXIT RAMP UP

ANSI / ADAAG COMPARISON

ANSI / ADAAG

CALIFORNIA

Raised characters

1/32 inch

1/32 inch

Case

Upper case

Upper case

Style

Sans Serif

Sans Serif

Character Height

5/8- 2 inch

5/8- 2 inch

Character Width

55-110% of height

Width to height ratio between 3:5 and 1:1

Stroke Width

Maximum 15% of character height
(based on upper case "I")

Width to height ratio between 1:5 and 1:10

Sign Mounting Height

Tactile characters 48-60" above floor measured from character baselines

Tactile characters 48-60" above floor measured from character baselines

CALIFORNIA BRAILLE REQUIREMENTS

California Braille requirements differ slightly from the federal law. Sign manufacturers must use a special font that complies with the required spacing listed below.

• Braille shall have a domed or rounded shape.

• Dot Height: minimum of 1/40 inch /.025" (0.6 mm) high at the apex.

• lntercell Spacing: 1/10 inch (2.5 mm) is required between any two dots within a cell, measured from the dot centers (vertical or horizontal).

• Cell Spacing: 2/10 inch (5 mm) is required between each cell within a word, measured from the center of the dots in the second column of the first cell to the center of the dots in the first column of the next cell.

California Braille Dots

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