Toilet Clearance Basement

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Posted by: from Edmonton
5/20/2013 at 9:48:55 PM


I'm renovating the basement myself, and initially I thought I had enough clearance space for the toilet. Unfortunately I had to move the door for the utility room. No issues with the front or back clearance of the toilet, but it's the side I'm concerned about.

Based on my estimates it will be about 14" off center of the toilet, instead of the minimum standard of 15".

Does anyone know in Edmonton or Canada in general whether the side clearance of the toilet is enforced?

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Date/Time5/21/2013 at 10:33:01 AM


The standard total allowance for a toilet is 30" (center being 15" from a side wall and 12" from the back wall). The primary reason is to allow enough space for the toilet to sit properly on the drain.

I would suggest calling a plumbing company or "the Inspection Group" (They are the ones who know the rules and can guide you to the proper code.)

It may be allowed and just a matter of being a little cramped but I'd suggest checking the code.

Good Luck

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Date/Time5/30/2013 at 5:02:32 PM


The standard clearance for a toilet is 30 - 32" I have been a bit smaller before, and have never been enforced.

You may want to look into toilets with smaller tanks before.

If you have a permit, you can book an information inspection with the inspector and he can come tell you, maybe even give advice if he is nice enough...

I have never heard of any clearance code for toilets, other than making sure you can use them...

Good Luck with your project.

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Michael from Only Bathrooms in Vaughan
Date/Time7/20/2013 at 11:47:14 PM

Hi David.

You can get an offset flange that will give you an extra 3/4 of an inch. They are typically used when the wall at the back is too close but will work going sideways also. It is a speciality item you may need to get from a plumbing wholesaler - doubt the big box stores will have it.

I've never seen this inforced.


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