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Chapter Number 97, Knox Box

CHAPTER 97           KNOX BOX

Ordinance Number 01-16 Adopted March 4, 2016


(A)      The following structures shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or such other location required by the Fire Chief. Said lock box shall be installed to the front of the building near the entrance at a height of a minimum of 48 inches and not to exceed 80 inches.

(1)       Commercial or industrial structures protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic suppression system, or such structures that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency;

(2)       Multi-family residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units;

(3)       Governmental structures and nursing care facilities;

(B)       All newly constructed structures subject to this section shall have key lock box (Knox Box) installed and operational prior to the issuance of occupancy permit. All Structures in existence on the effective date of this section and subject to this section shall have one year from the effective date of this section to have a key lock box installed and operational. Any existing structure that is purchased or overtaken during the first year of the ordinance must install a key lock box within 30 days of the purchase or overtaking. Any structure in Section A, Items 1, 2 or 3 that will undergo additions, upgrades or repairs shall also require a key lock box installed at the time of the upgrades/repairs.

(C)       The fire chief shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the city and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.

(D)      The owner or operator of a structure required to have a key lock box shall, at all times, keep a key in the lock box that will allow for access to the structure.

(E)       The fire chief shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.


Penalties shall be accordance with Section 10.99 of the Mountain Iron City Code.

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