Town of Westminster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting 6-8-1991 by Art. 18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 67.

§ 148-1 Key box required; contents.

[Amended ATM 5-4-2002 by Art. 40]
Any building other than a residential building of fewer than six units, which has a fire alarm system or other fire protection system, shall provide a secure key box installed in a location accessible to the Fire Department in case of emergency. This key box shall contain keys, keycards, and/or codes to gain access to the building, to fire alarm control panels, elevators, or any other key or key-type device necessary to operate or service fire protection systems.

§ 148-2 Type of key box; location and installation.

The key box shall be a type approved by the Chief of the Westminster Fire Department and shall be located and installed as approved by the Chief.

§ 148-3 Existing buildings.

All existing buildings shall be required to comply within 36 months of the effective date of this chapter in all commercial buildings not normally occupied 24 hours.

§ 148-4 New construction.

All newly constructed buildings regardless of use of occupancy, except residential dwellings under six units, shall have installed an approved key box system.

§ 148-5 Buildings with elevators.

All buildings equipped with elevators shall be provided with a master key security box so as to have an elevator key on hand.

§ 148-6 Responsibilities.

[Added ATM 5-1-1999 by Art. 30; amended ATM 5-4-2002 by Art. 40]
The owner of the building is responsible for obtaining and mounting the key box on the building at a location approved by the Fire Chief or his designee. The occupant of the building is responsible for providing the initial keys, keycards, and/or codes and updated keys, keycards, and/or codes to the Fire Department at time of occupancy or within one week of any changes.

§ 148-7 Violations and penalties.

[Added ATM 5-1-1999 by Art. 30]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than $300 for each offense.