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Village of Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton 11-18-2019 by Ord. No. 020-2019. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Placement of addresses. Addresses shall be placed on all structures or property, including all one- and two-family dwellings, supporting the same as follows:
1. 
Posting during and after construction.
a. 
During construction. The address of a building under construction shall be prominently posted on the property.
b. 
The address of a completed building shall be permanently affixed to the building as provided in this section.
c. 
The address tiles shall be continuously maintained to be clearly readable, and in the event that replacement is required, the owner may obtain duplicate address tiles from the Building Inspector.
2. 
Description of numbers and letters.
a. 
Numbers and letters shall be of contrasting colors (e.g., black and white) and readable from the road or highway. Arabic numbers shall be used; script and roman numerals cannot be used alone, but may be used as an addition to the requirements of this section.
b. 
Numbers and letters shall be visible from the roadway, of which the building is addressed, at all times of the year.
c. 
Numbers and letters shall be a minimum of 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches in size. The size shall be increased if the requirements of § 7.06.010A2b are not met.
3. 
Multifamily requirements. All multifamily buildings shall have street numbers placed on the exterior of the principal building that faces the street, service drive or parking lot and located adjacent to the individual unit entrances to the buildings.
a. 
If the Fire Department determines additional signage is required to guide Emergency Services to the building, those signs shall be approved by the Fire Department and installed in a location approved by the Fire Department.
4. 
Commercial and industrial requirements.
a. 
All suite numbers that identify each individual unit shall be placed on the primary entrance to each business or occupancy.
b. 
All commercial or industrial structures that have a rear service door shall identify the occupant and the street address conspicuously on said rear door in contrasting and reflective letters and/or numbers not less than six inches in height, and shall continually maintain the same.
B. 
Door, floor and stairway identification. Any occupancy having more than five exterior means of egress and/or more than two floors in height shall number the individual egress areas according to this section:
1. 
An identifying number shall be placed on the interior and exterior of each means of egress doorway not less than four inches high in contrasting color and light reflective. The main entrance or means of egress shall be numbered one, with each additional means of egress progressing clockwise around the exterior of the structure to reflect its relationship to the main entrance. All means of egress leading into the structure shall be numbered, not just the required exit egresses.
2. 
Each interior door providing access to an enclosed stairway that is considered part of an accessible means of egress shall be identified with numbers and letters not less than 3 1/2 inches high in the following manner:
a. 
Have a sign indicating floor level posted on both sides of the egress door in a location acceptable to the AHJ.
b. 
Have a sign indicating the exterior exit door egress assigned in compliance with § 07.06.010B2 located on both sides of the egress door in a location acceptable to the AHJ.
A. 
Unobstructed fire lanes that are accessible from a public road shall be provided for every building or portion of a building in accordance with this chapter and Ch. SPS 362, Wis. Adm. Code.
B. 
Fire lanes shall have an unobstructed width of 20 feet with the road edge closest to the building at least 10 feet from the building and a vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet six inches.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any persons to park motor vehicles on, or otherwise obstruct, any fire lane.
D. 
Designated fire access roads and fire lanes must be submitted and conditionally approved prior to issuance of building permits.
E. 
The Fire Chief or Fire Inspector shall establish fire lanes at any building, other than one- and two family dwellings, unless those dwellings are established on private roads.
F. 
Fire lanes shall be provided such that any portion of the facility or any portion of an exterior wall of the first story of the building is located not more than 150 feet from fire department lane as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility. For buildings over 200 feet long, fire lanes shall be provided for access to all four sides of the building or group of buildings.
G. 
Any dead-end fire lane more than 150 feet long shall be provided with a turnaround area to accommodate the largest vehicle in the Fire Department's fleet.
H. 
Vertical clearances or widths shall be increased when vertical clearances or widths are not adequate to accommodate fire apparatus.
I. 
All fire lanes shall be marked with freestanding signs, marked curbs, sidewalks and traffic surfaces with the words "Fire Lane No Parking" painted in contrasting colors at a size and spacing acceptable to the Fire Department.
J. 
Fire department access roads/lanes shall be designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus and shall be provided with an all-weather driving surface.
K. 
Fire access roads and fire lane violations.
1. 
In any area designated as a fire lane, parking shall be prohibited and shall result in the issuance of citations pursuant to the Code of the Village of Grafton.
2. 
Any vehicle parked in a fire lane shall be towed at the owner's expense.
3. 
Any commercially licensed vehicle actively engaged in delivery or pickup shall be excluded from this subsection.
4. 
All fire access roads and fire lanes must be maintained by the owner or occupants at all times.
5. 
All fire access roads and fire lanes must have snow removed by the owner or occupants at all times.
A. 
All required passenger and freight elevators in all buildings and structures hereinafter constructed, except one- and two-family residential occupancies, shall:
1. 
Provide at least one elevator to all floors of such a size and arrangement to accommodate a twenty-four-inch by eighty-five-inch ambulance stretcher in the horizontal, open position.
2. 
The elevator arranged to accommodate an ambulance stretcher shall be identified by the star of life. This symbol shall not be less than three inches in height and shall be placed on both sides of the hoistway door frame.
A. 
An access box system has been adopted for use by the Village of Grafton Fire Department. The approved access box system is the Knox-Box®. Approved products for use are available at www.Knox-Box®.com or:
Knox Company
1601 W. Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Tel: 800.552.5669
Fax: 623.687.2290
B. 
The following structures shall be equipped with an access box at or near the main entrance or in any additional location as required by the AHJ:
1. 
Commercial or industrial structures protected by a fire alarm system, fire control system, fire extinguishing system or fire suppression system.
2. 
Any structures that are secured in a way that restricts access during an emergency.
3. 
Multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have any common areas.
4. 
Nursing homes, CBRFs, child day-care and other health facilities.
5. 
All educational occupancies.
6. 
Any location where entry to the property is secured in whole or part by a fence, gate, wall or connected buildings, or as otherwise directed by this Department. Entry key override switches shall be required on any exit door at any location which uses a card reader entry system and/or a magnetic door lock security system.
7. 
The AHJ shall have the authority to require any structure or facility to have an access box installed and maintained.
8. 
The AHJ shall have the authority to require any structure or facility to have additional access boxes installed and maintained.
C. 
All newly constructed structures subject to this section shall have the access box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures in existence on the effective date of this section and which are subject to this section shall have one year from the date of being ordered by the AHJ to have an access box installed to complete installation.
D. 
The owner or agent of a structure required to have an access box shall keep the following inside the box:
1. 
A master key or keys to locked points of ingress and egress, whether on the interior or exterior.
2. 
The keys to locked mechanical equipment, electrical, and elevator control rooms.
3. 
The keys needed to open any alarm panels or other emergency equipment.
4. 
Keys to elevator controls.
5. 
Floor plans or maps as required by the AHJ.
6. 
The keys to other areas as directed by the AHJ.
E. 
All items required to be kept in the access box shall be the most currently used and must be continually updated.
F. 
The access box shall be installed at the owner's expense.
G. 
The size and type of access box will be determined by the AHJ.
H. 
Access gates. All access gates shall have an approved Knox keyed switch installed to override all controls of the access gate and open the gate.
I. 
Compliance. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for a certificate of occupancy that are subject to this section shall comply immediately.
J. 
Ordering. Property owners shall be responsible for all costs of purchasing and installation of any access box required herein. The Village of Grafton Fire Department shall not be responsible for ordering any access box or key override switch or other device required by this chapter.
K. 
Maintenance. Property owners shall be responsible for the maintenance of all access boxes.
A. 
The AHJ may order compliance with this section and all other lawful orders or laws relating to fire prevention and fire protection in existing building and structures.
B. 
Where the public is exposed to immediate danger, the AHJ shall order the closing and vacating of the building at once.
All dwellings and buildings within the municipality damaged from fire shall be secured within 24 hours of release of the property by the AHJ. The owner of the damaged property shall assume the liability for the protection of the public until the property is secured.