[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Plainsboro 10-11-1989 by Ord. No. 0-89-28. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Properties which are protected by an automatic alarm system, fire sprinkler system or have windows covered to the extent that quick access and visibility to the inside of the structure is blocked shall have a key box, approved by the Director of Public Safety, installed on the property in a location approved by the Director. The tone-encoding devices to activate the release of the key will be maintained at Police Headquarters and Mercer County Communications and the decoder unit will be placed on the key box on specified apparatus. The key box may also be activated by a code entered by authorized Fire District personnel.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 0-04-13; 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 0-13-09]
Properties upon examination which are deemed to possess a physical condition or other characteristic which make access to or within a structure or area unduly difficult because of secured openings shall have a key-box, approved by the Director of Public Safety, installed on the property in a location approved by the Director.
The Director of Public Safety may require a key-box installed in a specified location on any property upon providing notice in writing to the assessed owner, whenever access to or within a structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured openings or where immediate access may be necessary for life saving or fire-fighting purposes.
The Director of Public Safety shall require cabinet style key box vaults be installed in a specified location on any property upon providing notice in writing to the assessed owner, whenever a premises contains hazardous materials. These cabinets shall also contain hazardous material information as required by the Director.
The Director of Public Safety shall require owners or operators of controlled vehicle parking areas, which use mechanical parking gates to control motor vehicle ingress or egress, to install and maintain an emergency override control device on each gate. Each device shall be a master key-operated type switch.
Only residential properties containing less than six units and properties protected by on-site, 24 hours, seven days a week guard service shall be exempt from the key box requirement.
Single family, townhouse, condominium and apartment residences with egresses leading directly to the outdoors shall be exempted from the key-box requirement.
Keyboxes and cabinet vaults shall contain two separate sets of keys. Each set shall contain the following including but not limited individually labeled keys:
Keys to the locked points of egress whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings;
Keys to locked mechanical rooms; and
Keys to locked electrical rooms; and
Fire alarm control panel; and
Keys to other area as directed by the Director of Public Safety; and
Pertinent building or emergency notification information may also be required to be contained in the key-box as determined by the Director of Public Safety.
The master key shall be maintained in a key-box installed on Plainsboro Fire Company apparatus. A high degree of security will be provided through the use of an encoder/decoder system to be approved by the Director of Public Safety. The encoder device to activate the system will be maintained at Police Headquarters and the decoder unit will be placed in a key-box on specified fire apparatus.
In the event the encoder/decoder system fails to operate, a master key for access to the key-box which is installed, shall be maintained at the Police Headquarters.
The Director of Public Safety, Fire Department and Police Department shall be notified immediately in the event locks are changed in any of the above mentioned locations.
The Director of Public Safety shall be vested with jurisdiction to enforce this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to abrogate or impair the power of the township or any officer or department thereof to enforce any provisions of its ordinances. The powers conferred by this chapter shall be in addition and supplemental to the powers conferred upon the township by any other law or ordinance.
All ordinances inconsistent with any of the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.
In the event that any section, sentence or clause of this chapter shall be declared unlawful by a court of competent jurisdiction, and such declaration shall not in any manner prejudice the enforcement of the remaining provisions.
Violations of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provisions of the Plainsboro Township Code Violation Ordinance.
This chapter shall become effective upon adoption after publication thereof according to law for all new construction and buildings undergoing renovations in excess of $25,000. All existing buildings, with the exception of those exempted from the provisions of this chapter under Section 71A-lF. shall be required to comply within six months of the effective date of this chapter.