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Below is a list of public restroom locators web sites.   Please note our concern that many of the locations are private businesses and not public restrooms.   While being directed to a large box store or a food court may not be a problem,  many people will hesitate when they realize they've been directed to a  restaurant or other small business.   Many of these smaller venues also have limited hours of operation.

The American Restroom Association suggests that 'restroom locator' publishers consider the following listing criteria,

  • Highlight or add emphasis to those facilities available year-round, 7 days a week and at least between 8:00am and 9:00pm, including holidays.
  • Where portable sanitation units  (porta-johns) are listed,  note if they are known to be routinely cleaned and serviced
  • Highlight true municipal public restrooms units and restrooms in buildings clearly open to the public such as train stations.
  • Avoid listing small privately owned mercantile establishments (ex. coffee shop), unless they advertise availability
  • List restrooms in urban parks that meet the availability requirement listed in the first bullet
  • Note possible security restrictions (ex photo ID required) that might impact access to government municipal building restrooms. 
  • Note if the facility is a single toilet restroom that may be current occupant locked.  


North America Restroom Locators Web Sites

ARA Draft public restroom list 
Sit or Squat
The Bathroom Diaries
Where to Stop & Where to Go: A Guide to Traveling in the U.S.Software for Palm Pilot
Boston Public Restrooms
  [Boston Online]
New York - Manhatten  
New York City Public Restrooms
San Francisco APT Map
Washington D.C. Metro Area [ARA Associate Metroped Inc]



Where to Stop & Where to Go: A Guide to Traveling with Overactive Bladder in the United States Arthur Frommer (of the popular Frommer series of guidebooks)


Please let us know if you've encounter problem using a restroom locator service.   

If you know of a true public restroom please provide that information via our survey form




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WARNING AND DISCLAIMER: The American Restroom Association (ARA) is formally incorporated in the State of Maryland and is a subsidiary of the International Paruresis Association  ARA is not qualified to provide legal advice. This web site contains non-vetted information that is un-official and for education only. There are no formal or financial agreements with any persons or entities cited. Some material is from copyrighted sources. This material is for education only and it must be source referenced.

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