Town of Middleborough, MA
Plymouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Middleborough as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 104.
Buildings — See Ch. 115.
Fire lanes — See Ch. 157.
[Adopted 10-2-2017 STM by Art. 30, AG 1-18-2018, eff. 2-15-2018]
A building that is protected by an automatic alarm system, fire suppression and/or a standpipe system is difficult because of secured openings; and where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, a rapid access key box shall be installed by the owner(s) of the property at a location approved by the Fire Chief or his designee. The rapid access key box shall be of a type and size approved by the Fire Chief or his designee.
The Fire Chief or his designee may require the owner(s) of the property to install a rapid access key box tamper switch connected to the building's fire alarm system, if necessary.
When a property is protected by a locked fence or gate and where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the Fire Chief or his designee may require the owner(s) of the property to install a security padlock. The padlock shall be of a type and size approved by the Fire Chief or his designee.
When a building is protected by an automatic sprinkler or standpipe system and the Fire Department connection is exposed to vandalism, the Fire Chief or his designee may require the owner(s) of the property to install a Fire Department connection security cap(s). The Fire Department connection security cap(s) shall be of a type approved by the Fire Chief or his designee.
The term "building" used herein means any building or structure located in the Town of Middleborough, whether privately or publicly owned, including, without limitation, any building owned by the Town of Middleborough, the Town of Middleborough School Department, any housing authority or any other public, quasi-public, or private entity or person; provided, however, this bylaw shall not apply to owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings.
A. 
The rapid response key boxes shall contain the following:
(1) 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether in the interior or on the exterior of such buildings;
(2) 
Keys to the locked mechanical rooms;
(3) 
Keys to the locked elevator rooms;
(4) 
Keys to elevator controls;
(5) 
Keys to any other area that may be required by the Fire Chief or his designee;
(6) 
A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers for such building.
B. 
In addition, a floor plan of the rooms within the building may be required.
All existing buildings shall comply with this bylaw within one year from its effective date. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for a certificate of occupancy shall comply within 30 days after the effective date of this bylaw.
Failure to comply with this bylaw shall be punished by a fine of $100, or, in the case of a continuing offense after notice of such violation, to a fine of not more than $100 for every day on which the violation continues.