[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Chester 5-21-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL BUILDING
- Any building used by a business or for a business purpose, or portion thereof used primarily for commercial or industrial activity, which is either open to the public, not open to the public or occupied by employees, including, but not limited to, warehouses, factories, storage facilities, aircraft hangars, garages, wholesale distribution facilities and offices or other similar spaces within such buildings. For purposes of applying these rules, "commercial building" shall not include those buildings that are occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- KNOX BOX®
- An approved wall-mounted key vault system, which has a given level of security to protect keys and paper work, in which the key locking and unlocking is controlled by the Fire Chief and Police Chief.
All commercial buildings are required to install Knox-Box(es)®. Certificates of occupancy for new buildings will not be issued until Knox-Boxes® are installed.
The Knox-Box® will be unobstructed and visible not less than four feet from the front door and/or main entrance of the commercial building. The bottom of the Knox-Box® will not be less than four feet from the ground, and the top of the box will not be more than six feet from the ground.
The Knox-Box® will be made of metal and other sturdy materials to protect the keys inside and shall be fastened to the building to ensure the security of the keys and Knox-Box.®
The furnishing of keys, combination-lock numbers, card key pass(es), and any other type of security key in the Knox-Box® shall be the responsibility of the owner of the commercial building, or in the case of a residence or business not occupied by the owner, the responsibility shall be that of the person in possession of the premises.
The owner of each facility or his designee shall be responsible for updating the Knox-Box® and shall ensure that the keys, combination-lock numbers, card key pass(es), or any other type of security, key or entrance device contained within the Knox-Box® is current and will provide access to the entire facility.
The owner of the facility or his designee shall make regular inspections of the Knox-Box® to ensure that the keys, combination-lock numbers, card key pass(es), or any other type of security key or entrance device contained within the Knox-Box®® are current and will provide access to the entire facility. The Fire Marshal shall provide a checklist to the owner of the facility to be used for inspection of the Knox-Box®. The owner of the facility or his designee shall keep the checklist in the Knox-Box® for official inspection by Mount Olive fire officials.
The owner of the facility shall ensure that the Knox-Box® is properly installed and not obstructed.
The Police Department, Fire Code Official, Code Enforcement Officer, or Zoning Officer shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this section.
The Police Department, Fire Code Official, Code Enforcement Officer, or Zoning Officer shall have authority to order any person or persons acting in violation of this section to leave the park or recreation area or facility.
Violation of any provision of this chapter shall be brought before the Municipal Court Judge of the Borough of Chester by summons issued by a police officer, Fire Code Official, Code Enforcement Officer, or Zoning Officer. Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this section shall be subject to the General Penalty Provisions of this Code, set forth in Chapter 1 (General Provisions), Article III (General Penalties). Fines and imprisonment shall be at the discretion of the Judge of the Borough of Chester Municipal Court and may be imposed for every day the violation continued after issuance of a summons, without the need for the issuance of repetitive summonses every day.