Borough of Lehighton, PA
Carbon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lehighton 5-19-2014 by Ord. No. 613-2014. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 61.
Uniform Construction Code — See Ch. 78.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 109.
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.
(1) 
All 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) 
Governmental structures and nursing care facilities.
(3) 
Retail structures; any structure containing retail sales over 1,000 square feet.
(4) 
Any structure over 5,000 square feet.
B. 
All newly constructed structures subject to this section shall have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures in existence on the effective date of this chapter and subject to this section shall within 365 days from the effective date of this chapter have a key lock box installed and operational. The property owner shall notify the Borough that the lock box has been installed within 30 days of installation.
C. 
The Fire Chief shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the Borough and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.
D. 
The key lock box system shall be located:
(1) 
At or near the recognized public entrance, or at the first lot passage to access the structure.
(2) 
The lock box shall be located at height of not less than four feet and not more than six feet above final grade.
E. 
The owner and/or operator of a structure required to have a key lock box shall, at all times, keep keys to the following in the box (as applicable):
(1) 
Main entrance door.
(2) 
Alarm room (if one exists).
(3) 
Mechanical rooms and sprinkler control rooms.
(4) 
Fire alarm control panel.
(5) 
Electrical rooms.
(6) 
Special keys to reset pull-station or other fire protection devices.
(7) 
Elevator keys, if required.
(8) 
All other rooms as specified during the plan review process.
F. 
The Fire Chief shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.
G. 
The Lehighton Fire Department shall keep a record of the use of the access to any building through the key lock box system. This record may be kept on location at the offices of the Lehighton Fire Department in conjunction with the Carbon County Telecommunications Center. Their records shall be kept for a period of three years.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department of the Borough of Lehighton.