How many toilet cubicles do i need?

How many toilet cubicles do i need?

When designing washrooms you need to consider how many toilet cubicles and washbasins are required. For male facilities you may wish to consider whether urinals should be provided and if so, how many. The starting point is understanding the number of people who will use the facilities. There are also a number of regulations and standards to follow.

We’ve compiled a guide of standard cubicle requirements for a range of premesis below:

Office
OFFICE
Education
EDUCATION
Retail
RETAIL

Entertainment
ENTERTAINMENT
Restaurants
RESTAURANTS
Pubs & Bars
PUBS & BARS


Office & Factory Washrooms

How many toilets should a workplace have?

Minimum scale of provision of sanitary appliances for staff toilets in offices, shops, factories and other non-domestic premises used as place of work.

Female washrooms and male washrooms without urinals

Number of EmpolyeesRequired WCsRequired Wash basins
1 to 511
6 to 1522
16 to 3033
31 to 4544
46 to 6055
61 to 7566
76 to 9077
91 to 10088
Above 1008 & 1 WC and washbasin for every additional 25 people

Male washrooms

Number of EmployeesRequired WCsNumber of UrinalsRequired Wash basins
1 to 15111
16 to 30212
31 to 45222
46 to 60323
61 to 75333
76 to 90434
91 to 100444
above 1004 & 1 WC, urinal and washbasin for every additional 50 or less people.

School Washrooms

How many toilets should a school have?

Miniumum provision of sanitary appliances for school washrooms.

Standards for school premises guidelines can be found here.

Nursery Schools (aged 5 years and under)

ApplianceNumber Required
WC1 per 5-10 pupils
Washbasin1 per WC
Deep sink, bath or shower1 per 40 pupils

Primary Schools (aged 4-11 years old)

ApplianceNumber RequiredNotes
WC and urinal1 per 5-10 pupils unde 5 years.
1 per 5-15 pupils or less over 5 years.
no more than 2/3rds urinals
Washbasin1 per WC/UrinalEvery WC/Urinal must be close to a washbasin

Secondary Schools (aged 11+ years old)

ApplianceNumber RequiredNotes
Boy’s WC and urinal1 per 20 or less pupilsno more than 2/3rds urinals
girls WC1 per 20 pupils
Washbasin1 per WC/Urinal when 3 or less otherwise 2 basins per 3 WC/UrinalEvery WC/Urinal must be close to a washbasin

Shopping Centre or Large Store washrooms

Minimum provision of sanitary appliances for customer washrooms in shops and shopping malls with a retail area in excess of 1,000 m2.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC1 per 500 males plus 1 for every additional 1,000 males.
Where urinals are not used, WC numbers to be half of those used for females
1 per 100 females up to 500 then 1 per every additional 200 females
Urinal2 for up to 500 males then 1 for every additional 500 males
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1, plus 1 per 2 WCs

Entertainment Venue Washrooms

Miniumum provision of sanitary appliances for entertainment venues.

Venues with most washroom use is during intervals

Such as theatres, cinemas, concert halls, sports arenas/stadiums or other similar.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC2 for up to 250 males plus 1 for every additional 250 or less males. 2 for up to 20 females plus 1 for every additional 20 or less females up to 500 then 1 for every additional 25 females or less.
Urinal2 for up to 50 males then 1 for every additional 50 males
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1, plus 1 per 2 WCs

Venues with consistent washroom use

For example libraies, museums, exhibition or convention centres.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC1 for up to 250 males plus 1 for every additional 500 or less males.
Male WC provision should be half female provision if urinals are not used.
2 for up to 40 females
3 for up to 70 females
4 for up to 100 females
plus 1 for every additional 50 females or less.
Urinal1 per 50 males up to 100 males then 1 for every additional 100 males or less.
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1, plus 1 per 2 WCs

Restaurant Washrooms

How many toilets does a retaurant need?

Miniumum provision of sanitary appliances for restaurants or other venues that provide seating for eating and drinking.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC2 for up to 150 males and 1 for every additional 250 males or less.
2 for up to 50 males if urinals are not provided.
2 for up to 30 females
plus 1 for every additional 30 females up to 120
then 1 for every additional 60 females or less.
Urinal1 per 60 males or less up to 120 males then 1 for every additional 100 males or less.
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1 per WCs

Pubs, Bars & Nightclub Washrooms

How many toilets does a bar need?

Miniumum provision of sanitary appliances for licensed pubs, bars and nightclubs.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC2 for up to 150 males and 1 for every additional 250 males or less.
2 for up to 50 males if urinals are not provided.
2 for up to 30 females
plus 1 for every additional 30 females up to 120
then 1 for every additional 60 females or less.
Urinal1 per 60 males or less up to 120 males then 1 for every additional 100 males or less.
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1 per WCs

Swimming Pool Washrooms

Miniumum provision of sanitary appliances for swimming pools.

ApplianceMale CustomersFemale Customers
WC2 for up to 100 males and 1 for every additional 100 males or less.1 per 5 femalesfor up to 50 females
plus 1 for every additional 10 females or less
then 1 for every 50 females or less.
Urinal1 per 20 males up to 100 males then 1 for every additional 80 males or less.
Washbasin1 per WC plus 1 per 5 or less urinals.1 plus 1 per 2 WCs or less
Shower1 per 10 males or less1 per 10 females or less
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