Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Ashland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 77.
Building construction — See Ch. 98.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 132.
Explosives — See Ch. 137.
[Adopted 10-19-2005 ATM, Art. 9]
The following structures shall be equipped with a Rapid Entry Key Box which has been approved by the Fire Chief, at an accessible location near the main entrance of the structure or at such location which has been approved by the Chief of the Fire Department or his/her designee.
A. 
All buildings within the Town of Ashland having an automatic fire alarm system which either activates a Central Station or the Municipal Fire Alarm System.
B. 
Apartment complexes, that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units.
C. 
Commercial and Industrial buildings.
D. 
Properties which have locked gates limiting access which require keys or a combination to gain entry.
E. 
All new construction subject to this section shall have a rapid entry key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
All structures in existence, which would be subject to the installation of a Key box under the provisions of Section 150-1 on the effective date of this article shall have 6 months from the effective date of this article to have the rapid entry key box installed and operational.
The Fire Chief shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the rapid entry key box system.
The owner or operator of a structure required to have a rapid entry key box shall at all times, keep a key, or keys in the lock box that will allow for complete and unobstructed access to the structure interior, all utility rooms, mechanical rooms, Post Indicator Valves, Open stem and Yoke valves, Sprinkler control locks, Fire Alarm Panels, and elevator control keys. These keys shall be marked and identified in a manner approved by the Fire Chief. These keys shall be updated annually, or as changed by the owner or operator of the structure.
Any person who owns or operates a structure subject to the provisions of this section, shall be subject to the penalties set forth this article for any violation of this article, provided that the minimum fine for a violation of this article shall be not less than $100 per violation.