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Visitor Restroom Program

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Public Restrooms and Visitor Restrooms Downtown

The Visitor Restroom Program provides restroom facilities for visitors in downtown businesses through an agreement between the City and the business owner. The City gives the business a Visitor Restroom sign which is displayed outside the business and pays a monthly stipend to cover additional maintenance costs. The business makes their restrooms available to visitors and maintains the restrooms during their regular business hours.

The businesses currently participating in the program are:

 Bookshop Santa Cruz  1520 Pacific Avenue


This program is part of an overall objective of making the downtown more comfortable and attractive to visitors and community members. The program is coordinated by the Economic Development Department.  If you have questions about the program, please call 831-420-5150 or email.

Public Restrooms in the Downtown



In addition to the Visitor Restroom Program there are also four public restrooms in the downtown area. These are located in the parking garages, at the Library and at City Hall.

Map of Downtown Restrooms

  • Locust-Cedar Garage The restroom is located behind the parking office at 124 Locust.  It is open from
    8 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday.

  • Soquel Front Garage The restroom is located on Soquel at 601 Front Street just off Pacific Avenue. It is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday.

  • City Hall The restroom is located in the City Hall across from Council Chambers at 809 Center Street. It is open during regular City office hours. (Friday closure calendar).

  • Central Branch Library The restroom is located within the Central Branch of the Library which is located at 224 Church Street at Center Street. 

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