Consultation outcome

Toilet provision for men and women: call for evidence

Applies to England

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Following the call for evidence on toilet provision for men and women an announcement has been made.

See written ministerial statement laid in parliament on 4 July 2022 for more information.

Original consultation


Technical review on increasing accessibility and provision of toilets for men and women.

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Consultation description

This call for evidence launches a technical review of provision of toilets for men and women.

Women often have to face excessive queues for toilets or don’t have access to appropriate facilities that meet their needs when out. In some cases this can mean women are reluctant to go out or take trips that many take for granted.

Over recent years there has also been a trend towards replacing female only facilities with gender neutral toilets.

The review aims to address this by considering the ratio of female toilets needed versus the number for men, given the need for women to always use cubicles. It would also take into account the needs of all members of the community, to ensure there is a fair provision of accessible and gender-neutral toilets.

The review will also look at signage, which should be clearer and use gender-specific language, to avoid confusion.


Published 31 October 2020
Last updated 4 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added government response to the call for evidence.

  2. Updated to extend closing date to 26 February 2021

  3. First published.