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Old 11-02-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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New toilet bowl and building code


While shopping for a new toilet bowl I was told by a sales person that building code requires front space needs to be 21”. And yes it says 21” to a wall or fixture. My bathroom is small. The fixture in front of toilet is an old bathtub, 17” toll with curved front. Existing toilet is 21” to father tub wall but only 19 ½” after a curve. The old toilet is 27” deep. Is this code really enforced? We bought this house over 10 years ago with proper certificate so it passed inspection than. I found a nice toilet that is 28”. My town says that when plain replacing things without any modification I don’t need a permit thus inspection. Do I need to keep the old bowl in case some future inspection happens (selling the house)? Will 1” really tick off inspector?
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:57 PM   #2
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The dimensions of the bathroom are grandfathered in, so, no, the authorities won't be coming around to inspect the space. It is what it is. Now, if you go and move a wall, all bets are off and it will need to be brought up to current code.
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Thanks, it put me at ease. The house is 60 years old.
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