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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PUBLIC TOILET ACT

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 389

Contents

Section

1 

Definitions

2 

No payment for use of toilets

3 

Removal of coin operated locks

4 

Inspection

5 

Offence

6 

Minister's power to make regulations

Definitions

1 In this Act:

"public place or building" means a place or building to which members of the public have access, whether or not an admission fee or charge is required to be paid to obtain access to the place or building, and without limiting this definition includes all of the following:

(a) churches, theatres, auditoriums, amphitheatres, stadiums and other places of assembly or entertainment;

(b) commercial or industrial buildings or structures;

(c) hospitals and nursing institutions;

(d) railway cars, stations and depots;

(e) ferries and ferry landings;

(f) public parks and campsites;

"toilet" means a device used for individual disposal of human waste and excrement, and includes a lavatory, water closet and urinal.

No payment for use of toilets

2 An owner, occupier or other person having control over a public place or building must not install, or authorize or permit the installation or maintain, in the public institution or building, a toilet that is contained in

(a) a closet, receptacle or compartment, or

(b) a washroom or restroom

that is locked and requires the deposit of a coin or the payment of money for the use of the toilet.

Removal of coin operated locks

3 Every owner, occupier or other person having control over a public place or building in which there is a toilet described in section 2,

(a) must not have coin operated locks or other coin operated devices on the door of a closet, receptacle or compartment, and

(b) must not demand payment for the use of the toilet.

Inspection

4 (1) The minister or any other person authorized by the minister or appointed under the Health Act may enter and inspect any public place or building to determine whether this Act is being complied with.

(2) For this purposes of subsection (1), the minister or the other person has the authority of a medical health officer or an inspector under that Act.

Offence

5 (1) A person who contravenes this Act, the regulations, or the order of the minister or other person referred to in section 4, commits an offence.

(2) Every day that a contravention continues constitutes a separate offence.

Minister's power to make regulations

6 The minister may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.


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