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New Restroom Ordinance In Effect

by Dr. Thomas Keating
originally published by The Champion FreePress, May 13, 2016

As anyone knows who has been in the home of a sharecropper in Toomsboro, Georgia, or worked in the State Capital: “laws are like sausages; you should never see them made.”

A restroom ordinance, which received a unanimous vote by the DeKalb County Commission November 10, 2015, added an element of toilet taboo to the famous saying, yet this particular ordinance really helps all citizens of DeKalb.

The ordinance declares that “… facilities that include public restrooms are regulated in order to prevent the nuisance of public restroom facilities in bad repair.”

In short, throughout unincorporated DeKalb, though not its 11 cities, DeKalb County buildings like the Manual Maloof building, County parks such as Redan, and places like QT, CVS, and corner convenience locations, which are businesses, stores, or offices where goods and services are sold, may not indefinitely leave a toilet, urinal, or sink with a black garbage bag over the fixture.


Patrons are encouraged to discuss with management plans to repair restroom fixtures. If no improvements are made DeKalbites should report the violation of Section 16-211 thru 215 to the Office of Code Enforcement now located at 1807 Candler Road, 404.687.3700 or send a message to codeenforce@dekalbcounty.gov

The facility owners in violation of Section 16-214(d) may be subject to a minimum penalty $250.

Definitions of important terms are found in Section 16-212 and no facility may allow a state of bad repair during regular business hours.

Furthermore, a provision requiring the Board of Health to inspect the two school restrooms closest to the cafeteria has also been implemented.

Consider that the “restaurant” for students is the school cafeteria, and that the “patrons” of that eating establishment – the students – need restrooms for washing their hands before eating and for bodily functions after lunch.

Board of Health inspections of handwashing (2D), functional plumbing (16A), and adequate supplies in a clean setting (17A) are now being implemented and scored for the first time. These health inspections apply to the two most important restrooms in all public elementary, middle, and high schools.

With new buildings being built by the County and District, with constant renovations, and with a growing demographic, this restroom ordinance reminds DeKalb residents that cleanliness is next to godliness, and that sanitation is part of citizenship.

Dr. Tom Keating, educator, is founder of The Center of Sanitation and Citizenship and coordinator of Project CLEAN (Citizerens, Learners, and Educators Against Neglect).