City of Monona, WI
Dane County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Monona as Title 15, Ch. 4, of the 1994 Code; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 175.
Outdoor furnaces — See Ch. 245.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 256.
Zoning — See Ch. 480.
The following definitions shall be applicable in this chapter:
APPROVED
When applied to any material, device or mode of construction, means approval by the Fire Chief or other person charged with the enforcement of this chapter. When applied to all suppression and detection system devices, means approval by a recognized testing laboratory.
APPROVED WATER HYDRANT
A water hydrant approved by the Fire Chief as conforming to City specifications, connected to a municipal water main, with four-and-one-half-inch hose connection and two-and-on-half-inch connections.
AREA
The space on any one floor or story, stated in terms of square feet, within the exterior walls of a building or structure between approved fire walls and within a building or structure.
AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION
The City of Monona.
AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM
An integrated system of underground and overhead piping designed in accordance with fire-protection and engineering standards. The system includes a suitable water supply, such as a gravity tank, fire pump, reservoir or pressure tank, or connection beginning at the supply side of an approved gate valve located at or near the property line where the pipe or piping system provides water used exclusively for fire protection and related appurtenances and to standpipes connected to automatic sprinkler systems. The portion of the sprinkler system above the ground is a network of specially sized or hydraulically designed piping installed in a building, structure or area, generally overhead, and to which sprinklers are connected in a systematic pattern. The system includes a controlling valve and a device for actuating an alarm when the system is in operation. The system is usually activated by heat from a fire and discharges water over the fire area.
AUTOMATIC FIRE-SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
A mechanical system designed and equipped to detect a fire, actuate an alarm and suppress or control a fire using water, water spray, foam, carbon dioxide, or other approved suppression agent.
BASEMENT
Any story where less than half the height between floor and ceiling is above the average level of street, sidewalk or finished grade.
CHIEF
The Chief of the Monona Fire Department.
DEPARTMENT
The City of Monona Fire Department.
DWELLING
Any building that contains one or two dwelling units.
DWELLING STRUCTURE
Any structure containing one or more rooms providing sleeping and sanitary facilities, but not including a hotel, hospital, nursing home, dormitory, fraternity or sorority house.
DWELLING UNIT
A structure or that part of a structure which is designed, intended to be used, or is used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by two or more persons maintaining a common household to the exclusion of others.
ELEVATOR
As defined within the Department of Safety and Professional Services, Ch. SPS 318, Elevator Code, Wis. Adm. Code.
FALSE ALARM
The reporting of an emergency and/or the activation of an alarm box and/or reporting an emergency to any public official with the intent to deceive the Department, when no emergency exists.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Monona Fire Department and its associated emergency medical services.
FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION (FDC)
A connection through which the Fire Department can pump an auxiliary supply of water into the sprinkler system for the purpose of maintaining sufficient volume and pressure.
FIRE INSPECTOR
The Chief shall hold the office of Fire Inspector and shall appoint one or more inspectors from within the Department who shall perform the same duties and have the same powers as the Fire Inspector. The Fire Inspector(s) is responsible for the enforcement of the state codes adopted within this chapter, as well as the enforcement of this chapter.
FIRE PREVENTION INSPECTION
An examination of public buildings and places of employment for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions reasonably likely to cause fire, or any violation of any law or ordinance relating to fire hazards or the prevention of fire. Fire inspections shall be conducted at least once in each nonoverlapping six-month period per calendar year, at the time that occupancy of a building or tenant space is requested, or upon special request.
FIRE-RESISTIVE CONSTRUCTION
That type of construction in which the structural members of the building, including walls, partitions, columns, floor and roof consist of noncombustible materials.
FIRE WALL
A wall that has a fire-resistance rating of not less than one hour and which divides or separates a building or buildings and restricts the spread of fire. The term includes a three-foot parapet wall.
FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC/EMT
Any member of the Monona Fire Department or its associated emergency medical services.
A. 
Anything manufactured, possessed or packaged for exploding, emitting sparks or combustion, which does not have another common use, including but not limited to any of the following:
(1) 
Any device designed to produce an audible sound, whether or not it explodes, sparks, moves or emits an external flame.
(2) 
Any device that emits smoke, whether or not it emits an external flame and whether or not it leaves the ground.
(3) 
Any cylindrical fountain which emits sparks or smoke.
(4) 
Any cone fountain which emits sparks or smoke.
(5) 
Toy snakes, whether or not they contain mercury.
(6) 
Such other devices which are defined as fireworks under § 167.10, Wis. Stats., as amended from time to time.
B. 
The definition of "fireworks" in this section does not include any the following:
(1) 
Fuel or a lubricant.
(2) 
Firearm cartridge or shotgun shell.
(3) 
A flare used, possessed or sold for use as a signal in an emergency or in the operations of a railway, aircraft, watercraft or motor vehicle.
(4) 
A match, cigarette lighter, stove, furnace, candle, lantern or space heater.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL(S)
A substance (solid, liquid or gas) capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, the environment or property.
HIGH-HAZARD OCCUPANCY
Any building which by reason of its construction or highly combustible occupancy involves a severe life hazard to its occupants, as classified by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
INCIDENT COMMANDER
The Chief or other officer or other member of the Department who is in charge of a fire, emergency medical or other emergency scene to which the services of the Department have been requested.
KEY BOX
A secure box placed upon a building that contains the keys to said building. The Fire Department is able to access that box using standard operating procedures.
MABAS
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which is an organized method of providing mutual aid between departments located in both of the states of Wisconsin and Illinois.
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING
An apartment building, row house, townhouse, condominium or manufactured building that does not exceed 60 feet in height or six stories and that consists of three or more attached living units, or two or more living units with a business occupancy attached, the initial construction of which is begun on or after January 1, 1993. "Multifamily dwelling" does not include a facility licensed under State of Wisconsin Ch. Comm 50, Wis. Adm. Code. For the Commercial Building Code, see Chs. SPS 361 to 366.
MUTUAL AID
The providing of and receiving fire or emergency medical services to and from other municipalities within the States of Wisconsin and Illinois with which the City has signed agreements.
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA)
An organization that facilitates the development and distribution of firesafety codes and standards.
OCCUPANCY INSPECTION
An inspection performed after the initial construction of a building or tenant space and prior to occupancy of same, or an inspection performed within an existing building or tenant space after a change in owner or occupant or after any modification or renovation.
OPEN BURNING
The act of starting a fire by means of igniting combustible materials by a match, torch or accelerant.
OUTDOOR COOKING
Any cooking activity which occurs in a grill or barbecue kettle or cooker designed expressly for cooking meals outside.
PUBLIC BUILDING
Any structure, including exterior parts of such building, such as a porch, exterior platform or steps providing means of ingress or egress, used in whole or in part as a place of resort, assemblage, lodging, trade, traffic, occupancy, or used by the public or by three or more tenants.
PUBLIC RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
Any public building which is used for sleeping or lodging purposes including any apartment house, rooming house, hotel, children's home, community-based residential facility or dormitory, but does not include a hospital or nursing home.
RE-INSPECTION
The need to perform one or more additional inspections after the initial fire prevention inspection was performed.
REMODEL
To change any building or structure which affects the structural strength, fire hazard, internal circulation, or exits of the existing building or structure. This definition does not apply to reroofing, or alterations to the heating and ventilating or electrical systems.
SLEEPING AREA
The area of the unit in which the bedrooms or sleeping rooms are located. Bedrooms or sleeping rooms separated by another use area, such as a kitchen or living room, are separated sleeping areas, but bedrooms or sleeping rooms separated by a bathroom are not separate sleeping areas.
SMOKE DETECTOR
A device that detects the visible or invisible products of combustion.
SPECIAL INSPECTION
An inspection performed at the request of an owner, occupant, another City department or court order.
SPS
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, formerly known as the Wisconsin Department of Commerce (Comm), the fire code writing agency of the state, and prior to Comm, formerly known as the DILHR, Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations.
STANDPIPE
An arrangement of piping, valves, hose connections, and allied equipment installed in a building or structure with the hose connections located in such a manner that water can be discharged in streams or spray patterns through attached fire hose and nozzles for the purpose of extinguishing a fire and so protecting a building or structure and its contents in addition to protecting the occupants. This is accomplished by connections to water supply systems or by pumps, tanks and other equipment necessary to provide an adequate supply of water to the hose connections.
STORY
That part of a building situated between a floor and a floor or roof above.
UNIT
A residential building or that part of a residential building which is intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by two or more persons maintaining a common household to the exclusion of all others.
WATER-FLOW ALARM
A device that is listed for the service and so constructed and installed that any flow of water from a sprinkler system equal to or greater than that from a single automatic sprinkler of the smallest orifice size installed on the system will result in an audible or visual alarm and send such notification to a central station within one minute after such flow begins.
A. 
Intent of code. It is the intent of this Fire Prevention Code ("code" or "chapter") to prescribe regulations consistent with nationally recognized good practice for the safeguarding to a reasonable degree of life and property from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises. Compliance with standards of the American Insurance Association or the National Fire Protection Association, or other approved nationally recognized safety standards, as later referred to and as listed in § 232-5 shall be deemed to be prima facie evidence of compliance with this intent.
B. 
Application of code.
(1) 
The provisions of this chapter apply equally to new and existing conditions, except that existing conditions not in strict compliance with the terms of this chapter shall be permitted to continue where the exceptions do not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property in the opinion of the Chief.
(2) 
Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as applying to the transportation of any article or thing shipped under the jurisdiction of and in compliance with the regulations prescribed by the United States Department of Transportation, nor as applying to the military forces of the United States.
(3) 
The Chief may delegate any or all of his or her authority under this chapter to such subordinates in the Fire Department as the Chief may designate, and the actions of such authorized subordinates shall be construed as valid actions of the Chief.
C. 
Authority to enter premises.
(1) 
The Chief may, at reasonable hours, request permission of the owner or occupant to enter any building or premises for the purpose of making an inspection or investigation, which under the provisions of this chapter the Chief may deem necessary to be made. No person shall deny the Chief free access to any property within the City at any reasonable time for the purpose of making fire inspections. No person shall hinder or obstruct the Fire Inspectors in the performance of their duties or refuse to observe any lawful direction given by them.
(2) 
The Chief may obtain a special inspection warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats., when necessary for the purpose of making an inspection or investigation of any building or premises where the owner or occupant has refused admission.
(3) 
No person, having been advised of the existence of a special inspection warrant to inspect the premises owned or occupied by him or her, shall refuse to permit such inspection to be made. Each day, or part thereof, during which such refusal continues shall be deemed a separate violation.
D. 
Inspection of buildings and premises. It is the duty of the Chief to inspect all buildings and premises except the interiors of dwelling units as often as may be necessary for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, endanger life from fire, or any violations of the provisions or intent of this chapter and any other ordinance affecting a fire hazard.
E. 
Order to eliminate dangerous or hazardous condition. Whenever the Chief shall find in any building or upon any premises dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as follows, the Chief shall order such dangerous conditions or materials to be removed or remedied:
(1) 
Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible or explosive or otherwise dangerous materials.
(2) 
Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly installed equipment for handling or using combustible or explosive or otherwise hazardous materials.
(3) 
Dangerous accumulations of rubbish, wastepaper, boxes, shavings or other highly combustible materials.
(4) 
Accumulations of dust or waste material in air-conditioning or ventilating systems or of grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts or inadequate clearances to unprotected combustible materials from hoods, grease extractors and ducts.
(5) 
Obstructions to or on fire escapes, designated access openings in exterior walls for Fire Department use, stairs, passageways, doors or windows liable to interfere with the operations of the Fire Department or egress of occupants in case of fire.
(6) 
Any building or other structure which for want of repairs, lack of adequate exit facilities, automatic or other fire alarm apparatus, or fire-extinguishing equipment, or by reason of age or dilapidated condition, or from any other cause, creates a hazardous situation.
F. 
Issuance of orders.
(1) 
Order requiring replacement of fire prevention, detection or suppression system due to recurring violations. Whenever the Chief shall find in any building or upon any premises during any three inspections or reinspections a fire prevention, detection or suppression system which is defective, inoperative, improperly maintained or improperly operated, the Chief may order the following remedies:
(a) 
If the system includes one or more exit light(s) which have not been illuminated during inspections, the Chief may order that all of the exit lights in such premises be equipped with self-illuminating lights or lights equipped with light-emitting diodes (LED).
(b) 
If the system includes one or more self-closing fire door(s) any of which have been found to have been held open with nonapproved hold-open devices during inspections, the Chief may order that all of the fire doors in such premises be equipped with a door holder/release device.
(c) 
If the system includes emergency exit doors which, during hours of occupancy, have been found to be secured or locked with bolts, bars, chains, padlocks or locking devices other than the primary door lock, the Chief may order that all emergency exit doors within the premises be equipped with panic door release hardware.
(d) 
This subsection shall not be construed as a limitation upon the powers of the Chief to issue orders for corrections of violations under this chapter, nor shall this subsection be construed as a limitation upon any of the powers of the Chief under any other applicable provision of the Monona Code of Ordinances, Wisconsin Administrative Codes or Wisconsin State Statutes.
(2) 
Corrective action. Whenever the Chief may find a violation of this chapter, Wisconsin State Statutes or the Wisconsin Administrative Code, the Chief may order corrective action to cause the violation to be eliminated.
(3) 
Authority to abate hazard. The Chief shall have the authority to order the immediate abatement of any hazard deemed by the Chief to be an imminent hazard to the life, safety and well-being of any individual. Whenever the owner shall refuse or neglect to abate said hazard, the Chief may cause the same to be abated, and the City shall recover the expenses incurred thereby from the owner. The Chief shall keep an accurate account of all unpaid expenses incurred by the City for hazard abatement rendered and report the same to the Finance Director, who shall annually prepare a statement of these special charges for each lot or parcel of land and report the same to the City Clerk, and the amount therein charged to each lot or parcel of land shall be collected in all respects like other special charges upon real estate as provided in § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.
(4) 
Authority to vacate. The Chief shall have the authority to issue an order to vacate any property deemed by the Chief to be necessary due to an imminent hazard to the life safety and well-being of the occupants.
G. 
Service of orders.
(1) 
The service of written orders for the correction of violations of this chapter shall be made upon the owner, occupant or other person responsible for the conditions, either by delivering a copy of same to any person in charge of the premises or by mailing such orders to the owner or other responsible person. This subsection shall in no way preclude the Chief from issuing oral orders in such manner as deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
(2) 
If buildings or other premises are owned by one person and occupied by another, the orders issued in connection with the enforcing of this chapter shall apply to the occupant thereof as well as the owner, except where the rules or orders require the making of additions to or changes in the premises themselves, such as would immediately become fixtures upon real estate and be the property of the owner of the premises. In such case, the orders shall affect the owner and not the occupant.
(3) 
Receipt of such orders by the owner or occupant is sufficient notice to effect compliance with the order.
H. 
Fire drills in educational and institutional occupancies. Fire drills shall be held at least once a month in educational and institutional occupancies, where such occupancies constitute the major occupancy of a building. During severe weather, fire drills may be postponed. A record of all fire drills shall be kept, and persons in charge of such occupancies shall file written reports annually with the Chief, giving the time and date of each such drill held.
A. 
Authority. The Fire Chief may designate certain areas of public or private property as fire lanes in order to ensure proper access to buildings in the event of a fire or other emergency situation.
B. 
Fire lanes. Fire lanes shall be provided on public or private property devoted to public use for all buildings used for human habitation or occupancy which are set back more than 100 feet from a public road or exceed 30 feet in height and are set back more than 50 feet from a public road. Fire lanes may also be designated on those private roadways where it is found by the Fire Chief that such access is necessary for fire apparatus.
C. 
Width. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), exclusive of shoulders, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet six inches (4115 mm).
D. 
Dead-end roads. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet (45,720 mm) in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.
E. 
Designation, marking and maintenance of fire lanes.
(1) 
The designation, marking and maintenance of fire lanes shall be accomplished as specified by the Fire Chief. Marking (fire lanes): Where required by the Fire Code Official, approved signs or other approved notices or markings that include the words NO PARKING - FIRE LANE - TOW-AWAY ZONE shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads (fire lanes) to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof. The means by which fire lanes are designated shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility. The current Wisconsin Department of Transportation standards for highway marking shall be used as guidelines in designating and marking any fire lanes.
(2) 
Designated fire lanes shall be marked with signs within five feet of the beginning and within five feet of the end of the fire lane, with spacing between signs not to exceed 75 feet. Each sign shall face in the direction of oncoming traffic. The curb shall be painted the full length of the fire lane. Fire lane sign shall be affixed to a stationary pole or object. Sign shall be plainly visible.
(3) 
It shall be unlawful for any person(s) or firm(s) to post a fire lane sign without the approval of the Fire Department.
F. 
Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in § 232-3C shall be maintained at all times.
G. 
Traffic-calming devices. Traffic-calming devices shall be prohibited unless approved by the Fire Code Official.
A. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
ALARM
Any sound, signal or message generated by an alarm system, alarm user or other person, to which fire personnel are expected to respond.
ALARM SYSTEM
Any system, device or mechanism which, when activated, transmits a telephonic, wireless, electronic, video or other form of message to an alarm-system-monitoring company or some other number or emits an audible or visible signal that can be heard or seen by persons outside the protected premises or transmits a signal beyond the premises in some other fashion, except a medical alert alarm. An alarm system or alarm device may consist of one or more components, all reporting to a central alarm station.
ALARM USER
The person, partnership, corporation or other entity of any kind in control of any building, structure or facility or portion thereof wherein an alarm system is in operation.
AUTOMATIC DIAL DEVICE
Any device that automatically sends, over regular telephone lines, by direct connection, a prerecorded voice message or coded signal indicating the existence of some type of emergency to which fire personnel are expected to respond.
CENTRAL ALARM STATION
A facility having the receiving, recording and transmitting equipment to which remote alarm devices and electrical protection circuits are connected and where operators supervise an alarm panel and, upon receipt of emergency signals indicating fires, may relay a message to the Fire Department and may notify an alarm agent for the purpose of responding to the alarm signal.
CONTROL
The power or authority to manage, superintend, direct or oversee a building, structure or facility or portion thereof.
DEPARTMENT
The City of Monona Fire Department and its personnel and includes other fire agencies assisting the Monona Fire Department.
FALSE ALARM
The reporting of or activation of any monitored or nonmonitored alarm system where the Department arrives at the premises and determines that there is no evidence of a fire or emergency on the premises that would warrant a call for fire assistance or investigation. An alarm shall be presumed to be false if the responding Department does not locate evidence of a fire or emergency on the premises that might have caused the alarm to sound. False alarm includes an alarm caused by a power outage but shall not include alarms activated by unusually severe weather conditions or other causes which are identified by the Chief to be beyond the control of the alarm user.
FIRE
The City of Monona Fire Department and its personnel and includes other fire agencies assisting the Monona Fire Department.
B. 
Alarm requirements.
(1) 
Alarm system user responsibility. It shall be the duty of the alarm user to properly use the alarm system, ensure that all alarm users are instructed in the proper use of the alarm system and are aware of the provisions of this chapter, and to maintain the alarm system in proper working order. The alarm user shall maintain at each alarm site a complete set of written operating instructions for each alarm system. Any special codes, combinations or passwords must not be included in these instructions but must be maintained on site.
C. 
Alarm companies and private responders.
(1) 
Every alarm company shall provide its alarm customers with a complete set of written operating instructions for the alarm system, written information on the applicable law relating to false alarms, including the forfeiture amounts, and written guidelines on how to prevent false alarms.
(2) 
Every alarm company shall provide training to its alarm customers in the proper use of the alarm system, including instructions on how to prevent false alarms.
D. 
Misuse of alarm system: Use of an alarm system in the absence of an actual emergency situation, which results in the response of fire personnel; or use of an alarm system rather than a telephone to summon fire personnel in any situation where such telephone use would not create an immediate threat to the safety of the caller or other persons and misuse of the alarm system. Misuse of an alarm system is unlawful.
E. 
False alarm. Alarm users shall not have, permit or allow false alarms to occur at any building, structure, facility or portion thereof under their control and where an alarm system is in operation. Inspections, testing, maintenance, alteration and repair activities for fire protection systems shall not result in the transmission of a false alarm.
F. 
Responsibility for operation of alarm systems.
(1) 
Upon a finding that a signal from an alarm system is a false signal, it shall then be the responsibility of the owner to secure the building and prevent additional false signals. A second or subsequent false alarm within a twelve-hour period shall constitute a violation of this section, and the building owner shall be liable for such violation.
(2) 
No building owner/occupant shall permit an alarm system to emit more than three false signals during any twelve-month period. A fourth false signal during a twelve-month period shall constitute a violation of this section, and the building owner shall be liable for such violation.
G. 
Orders. The Chief shall have the authority to order the installation of double-action pull stations or pull covers with horn when the department has responded to three or more intentional false alarms at a premises.
H. 
Exceptions. None of the provisions of this section shall apply to any official governmental body or subdivision thereof which owns, operates and maintains its own alarm equipment.
I. 
Penalty. An alarm company, a private responder, an alarm user or a person in control of an alarm system commits an offense if he or she violates any provision of this section by either commission of an act that is forbidden or omission of a duty or responsibility imposed upon him or her by this section and is subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4. Prosecution action will be commenced if there is a malfunction of the alarm system or an unintentional false alarm when there are two violations within one month or three violations within 12 months. Prosecution action will be commenced if the false alarm occurs in the course of inspection, testing or maintenance of the alarm system. Prosecution action and penalties imposed will vary depending on whether the false alarm is a result of an intentional act, a malfunction of the alarm system, an unintentional act or a result of inspection, testing or maintenance of the alarm system.
A. 
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the following orders, rules and regulations of the Department of Safety and Professional Services Ch. SPS 314, as set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, are adopted by reference and made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by Ch. SPS 314 or a statute incorporated herein by reference is required or prohibited by this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the Wisconsin Administrative Code are intended to be made a part of this chapter and are hereby incorporated herein as if fully set forth.
B. 
Except as otherwise specifically provided, those portions of the National Fire Codes published by the NFPA, Boston, Massachusetts, and other codes and standards, as listed in the following pages, are hereby incorporated by reference and adopted as a part of this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the NFPA Codes adopted herein are intended to be made part of this chapter and are hereby incorporated as if fully set forth herein.
C. 
In the event that any of the foregoing orders, rules and regulations of the Department of Safety and Professional Services or National Fire Code conflict with any provisions of this chapter or with one another, the most strict shall apply.
D. 
A copy of the foregoing provisions shall be kept on file at the office of the Chief and shall be made available to the public, subject to the provisions of Chapter 128 (Records) of the Monona Municipal Code.
Approved automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be installed and maintained as follows:
A. 
Nursing, convalescent, senior citizen housing, prison, group care and other institutional facilities. Throughout all nursing, convalescent, senior citizen housing, prison and other group care or inscriptional facilities.
B. 
High hazard occupancies. Throughout any building which, by reasons of its construction, use or high combustible occupancy, involves a severe life hazard to its occupants, or which in the judgment of the Chief constitutes a fire hazard, including but not limited to:
(1) 
Aircraft hangers.
(2) 
Dry-cleaning establishments using or storing gasoline or other volatile flammable liquids.
(3) 
Enameling or japanning operations.
(4) 
Mills, including sugar, starch, cereal, feed, flour and grist.
(5) 
Paint and varnish, including manufacturing, storing, handling, spraying and other related operations.
(6) 
Pyrozylin products, manufacture and storage.
(7) 
Repair garages.
(8) 
Smokehouses.
(9) 
Storage of explosive gases under pressure (15 psi and over 5,400 cubic feet) such as acetylene, hydrogen, natural gas, etc.
(10) 
Storage of materials with a flash point under 200° F. such as celluloid products, kerosene, fuel oil, etc.
(11) 
Woodworking establishments.
(12) 
Chemical works.
(13) 
Explosives and pyrotechnics manufacturing.
(14) 
Oil refineries.
(15) 
Any other occupancies involving processing, mixing, storage and dispensing of volatile liquids.
C. 
Exceptions. Automatic fire sprinkler systems shall not be required in:
(1) 
Certain manufacturing areas. Rooms or building used for the manufacture or storage of aluminum powder, calcium carbide, calcium, metallic sodium or potassium, quick lime, magnesium powder, sodium peroxide or like materials, where the application of water may cause or increase combustion.
(2) 
Where water would increase hazard. Any location where, in the sole discretion of the Chief, the use of water as a fire-extinguishing agent would increase hazards or unduly expose equipment, machinery or other chattel to damage or destruction; provided, however, that an automatic fire-suppression system using an extinguishing location is connected to an approved central station monitoring service.
A. 
Installation standards.
(1) 
Approved automatic fire sprinkler equipment shall be installed in accordance with the current editions of Pamphlet No. 13, "Standards for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems," and other applicable standards of the National Fire Protection Association.
B. 
Plans. No automatic sprinkler equipment shall be installed or altered in any building until plans have been submitted to and approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and the Fire Chief. Two copies of the plans and specifications shall be submitted for review. Approved plans will be kept on file in the Fire Department offices. Calculations shall be submitted with all plans. In the event a pipe schedule is used, a written report with verified pressure information shall be submitted. The Engineer completing such calculations shall stamp and sign the report. The installer shall give advance notice to the Fire Chief or his or her designee for any test to be conducted.
C. 
Specific system requirements.
(1) 
System drain. The building automatic sprinkler system shall have a drain piped to the outside of the building or to a drain suitable to handle the required flows.
(2) 
Inspector's test valve. The building automatic sprinkler system shall have an inspector's test valve piped so as to discharge to the outside of the building. The inspector's test valve shall be mounted at the most hydraulically remote location of the system. An orifice equal to the discharge of one sprinkler alarm shall be tied into the building alarm system.
(3) 
Alarm bell. Alarm bells shall be installed on all alarm systems. One bell shall be installed on the outside of the building. The sprinkler alarm shall be tied into the building alarm system.
D. 
Inspections. Every standpipe system or sprinkler system required by this chapter or by the Wisconsin Administrative Code shall be inspected by a certified sprinkler installer once every 12 months.
A. 
Where required. Smoke and heat detection systems shall be installed in all spaces in all buildings regardless of size or construction except for one and two-family dwellings. The detection systems shall be in all spaces, including but not limited to hidden spaces (e.g., attics, crawl spaces, truss-constructed areas), basements, storerooms, closets, occupied and unoccupied areas. One- and two-family dwellings shall have smoke-detection systems as required by the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
B. 
Monitoring. All detection systems shall be monitored by an approved central station monitoring service, except for one- and two-family dwellings.
C. 
Installation.
(1) 
All components of a fire- or smoke-detector system shall be listed by Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) or the Factory Mutual System (FM). The entire installation shall conform to applicable provisions of NFPA Standard 72, the National Electrical Code Article 760, and the Wisconsin Electrical Code.
(2) 
A remote annunciator shall be provided at the main entrance of the building to indicate each of the designated alarm-initiating zones via red LEDs which flash when in alarm and lock in upon acknowledging the alarm. The remote annunciator shall be electrically supervised from the main fire alarm control panel. Space shall be provided on the remote annunciator for custom zone labels. The zone labels shall plainly describe the location of the zones. Different occupancies in one building shall be zoned separately.
(3) 
External devices.
(a) 
The system shall utilize UL- or FM-listed fire-alarm-initiating devices (pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, water-flow switches, duct detectors, etc.) and UL- and FM-listed fire-alarm-indicating devices (horns, bells, visual lights, etc.). Smoke detectors shall possess a light-emitting diode (LED) lamp to indicate either "ready" or "alarm" status.
(b) 
Smoke detectors (photoelectric, ionization) shall be installed approximately 30 feet on center, located on the ceiling or wall of the protected area. Smoke detection shall be provided in but not limited to the following areas: basements, common hallways, stairwells, sleeping rooms and all other rooms over 50 square feet in size.
(c) 
Heat detectors shall be installed approximately 30 feet on center, located on the ceiling of the protected area. Heat detection shall be provided in but not limited to the following areas: furnace rooms, engine rooms, garages, hidden spaces and kitchens and all other rooms over 50 square feet in area. Heat detectors shall also be installed as a substitute for smoke detectors in locations determined by the Fire Chief to be unsuitable for smoke detector installation.
(d) 
Horns/bells.
[1] 
Alarm system horns. Horns used as the audible alarm indicating appliance shall be 24-volt direct-current (DC) horns of metal construction with a minimum sound pressure output of 87 db at 10 feet. Fire alarm horns shall be UL- or FM-listed for fire alarm use. Horns shall be adaptable for surface or semi-flush mounting and be suitable for use within combination audio-visual systems.
[2] 
Alarm system bells. Bells used as the audible alarm-indicating appliance shall be 24-volt DC bells of the vibrating or single-stroke type with a minimum sound pressure output of 90 db at 10 feet. Bells shall be suitable for surface or semi-flush mounting and be suitable for use within combination audio-visual systems.
[3] 
Visual flashing lamps. Visual indicating appliances shall be comprised of a strobe-type flash tube and be entirely solid state. These devices shall be UL- or FM-listed and be capable of either ceiling or wall mounting. Visual units shall incorporate a built-in reflector to improve lighting characteristics. Visual units shall be incorporated as part of the horn or bell assembly.
[4] 
Horns, bells or visual flashing lamps shall be installed in each unit, living space or tenant space in the building.
D. 
System operation.
(1) 
Alarm-initiating devices shall be grouped in zones identified by zone LED's on the control panel and at the remote annunciator.
(2) 
Actuation of an alarm-initiating device shall:
(a) 
Cause the respective red zone alarm LED on the control panel to flash until the "acknowledge" switch is actuated at the control panel. Once acknowledged, the zone LED shall be constantly illuminated until the actuating device is restored to normal and the system is reset or equivalent operation.
(b) 
The audible alarm-indicating appliance shall sound throughout the entire facility until the system alarm acknowledge/silence switch is operated.
(c) 
Visual-indicating appliances shall flash until the acknowledge/silence switch is operated.
(d) 
After the acknowledge switch is operated, subsequent activation of an initiating appliance shall cause the alarm bells or horns to resound, and the visual-indicating appliances to flash.
(3) 
Each alarm-initiating circuit and indicating appliance circuit shall be electrically supervised. Any disarrangement of system wiring such as opens and grounds shall activate the audible and visual trouble indicators at the control panel. Actuation of the trouble silence switch shall silence the audible trouble indicator, but the trouble LED shall remain lit. The trouble LED shall be noncanceling, except by an actual clearing of the trouble condition and restoring the trouble silence switch to normal.
(4) 
The alarm system shall provide for the selection of:
(a) 
Desired type of signal operation; alarm signal tempos, area selective codes, zone codes, general alarm codes and alarm silence inhibit.
(b) 
UL- or FM-approved alarm verification operation.
(c) 
Water-flow/sprinkler supervisory operation on a distinct zone of the system.
(5) 
Upon actuation of a smoke detector, the LED on the smoke detector shall remain constantly illuminated until the system is reset.
E. 
Conditional approval for installation of fire and smoke detection systems. No fire and smoke detection system shall be installed or altered in any building until plans have been submitted to and conditionally approved by the Fire Department. Two copies of the plans shall be submitted. The plans shall contain drawings showing locations of detectors, pull stations and horns. The plans shall contain a brief description of connections within the system. Conditionally approved plans shall be stamped with the date of approval. One copy shall be returned to the owner.
F. 
Acceptance test required.
(1) 
The acceptance test of a fire and smoke detection system shall be conducted in the presence of the Fire Chief or his or her designee and the City of Monona Electrical Inspector prior to being placed in service. All testing shall be conducted by the installer.
(2) 
The installer shall give three working days' advanced notice to the Fire Department prior to the conduction of any test.
G. 
Failure to comply. Failure to comply with the items listed in this § 232-8 may result in enforcement action against the installer.
H. 
System service support. The system installer must be a licensed electrician or a certified installer.
I. 
Alarm systems; test requirements; owner's responsibility to maintain alarm system.
(1) 
Maintenance. Fire detection and fire alarm systems shall be tested for efficient service as specified by NFPA requirements.
(2) 
A current test/maintenance record shall be posted at the system control panel.
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, automatic fire sprinklers, smoke detectors and standpipes need not be installed in buildings which existed or were under construction before this chapter became effective unless such installation was required by a previous ordinance, administrative regulation, or state statute.
B. 
Where a building is expanded or remodeled and the building as remodeled or expanded is of a size, is of a type, or is for a use which, were the building then to be constructed, would be subject to the provisions of §§ 232-6 and 232-8:
(1) 
The entire building (existing, new and remodeled areas) shall be made to conform to the requirements of §§ 232-6 and 232-8 if more than 50% of the gross interior area of the building is remodeled or added to the building.
(2) 
In determining the foregoing percentages, successive additions, expansions or remodeling, if made within a five-year period, shall be aggregated and treated as a single expansion or addition.
C. 
Regardless of any percentage test set forth in Subsection B above, if the additional expanded or remodeled area is of a size, is of a type, or is for a use which is subject to the provisions of §§ 232-6 and 232-8, the additional, expanded or remodeled area must conform to the requirements of such sections.
D. 
Where at the time of its construction a building or any part thereof is exempt from the requirements of § 232-6 by reason of its proposed or intended use, and subsequent to construction the use of such building or part thereof is changed in such a way that the reason for the exemption no longer exists, the entire building or area, as the case may be, shall be made to conform to the requirements of § 232-6.
E. 
If the use of an existing building or structure is changed and the requirements for the new use are more stringent than those for the previous use, the building or structure shall be made to comply with the requirements for the new use as provided in this chapter.
Where municipal fire hydrants are available and any portion of a commercial or industrial building is a distance of more than 300 feet from the municipal fire hydrant, the owner shall install at his or her expense approved water hydrants. Hydrants shall be freestanding and shall be installed not more than 50 feet nor less than 25 feet from the building. One hydrant shall be provided around the perimeter of the building so that no hydrant is more than 400 feet from any other approved hydrant, measured by normal access routes. The connecting waterline between the municipal water main and the approved water hydrant shall be not less than six inches. All water hydrants shall be approved by the Chief and shall be installed in compliance with the standards of the City Water Utility. All water hydrants shall be installed in such a manner and location so as to be accessible at all times to the Fire Department. All private water hydrants shall be kept in good operating condition, and the owner shall file a maintenance report monthly with the City Water Utility.
Any sprinkler system, standpipe system, fire alarm system, smoke-detection system, and other fire-protective or -extinguishing system or appliance, which has been installed pursuant to this chapter or in compliance with any other statute, ordinance or regulation, shall be maintained in operative condition at all times. It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant to reduce the effectiveness of the protection so required; provided, however, that the owner or occupant may temporarily reduce or discontinue the protection where necessary to make tests, repairs, alterations or additions to the system or appliance. The Chief shall be notified before any system is reduced or discontinued for repair, alteration or addition and shall be notified again when the system has been restored to service.
During the course of erection, any major alteration or demolition of any building, the following provisions shall be complied with:
A. 
Access to equipment. Access for use of heavy firefighting equipment shall be provided to the immediate job site at the start of construction and maintained until all construction is completed.
B. 
Access to fire hydrants. Free access from the street to fire hydrants and to outside connections for standpipes, sprinklers or other fire-extinguishing equipment, whether permanent or temporary, shall be provided and maintained at all times. Protective pedestrian walkways shall not be so constructed as to impede ready access to hydrants. No material or construction shall be placed within 10 feet of such hydrants or connections, nor between them and the center line of the street.
C. 
Access to first aid and fire equipment. During building operations, free access to permanent, temporary or portable first aid and fire equipment shall be maintained at all times.
D. 
Stairways. In all buildings over 50 feet in height, at least one stairway shall be provided in usable condition at all times. The stairway shall be extended upward as each floor is installed in new construction.
E. 
Firefighter's access to premises. Arrangements shall be made so that firefighters will have immediate access to the premises when called.
A. 
General prohibition. All setting of fires or blasting on any land in the City is prohibited, except as provided in Subsection B or C. This shall include burning or causing to be burned any leaves, brush, grass, wood, rubbish or other combustible materials on any street, alley, sidewalk within the City at any time.
B. 
Exceptions. Setting of fires shall be allowed in any of the following situations, provided applicable state regulations are followed:
(1) 
Any nonrecyclable paper products not covered by the City's recycling regulations in Chapter 381, Solid Waste, of the Code of the City of Monona may be burned in an indoor or outdoor incinerator or covered container.
(2) 
The burning of standing or razed buildings or fires which have been set under the control and supervision of the Fire Chief are permitted if approved in writing by the Fire Chief or his/her designee.
(3) 
Fires set for the sole purpose of cooking food are permitted. This shall include but not be limited to the burning of charcoal or similar substances outdoors in vessels designed for cooking purposes only, when such burning does not constitute a fire hazard.
(4) 
Outside burning of wood (not building materials) is permitted, subject to the following restrictions:
(a) 
The perimeter of the fire must be at least 15 feet from any lot line, building, utility pole, overhead wires or any other combustible material.
(b) 
No burning will take place in City streets, curbsides, in roadside ditches, or so close to surface waters as to allow for ash runoff into the surface waters.
(c) 
No burning will take place between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(d) 
Persons utilizing and maintaining outdoor fires shall be responsible for monitoring atmospheric conditions and shall be responsible for any liability resulting from damage caused by the fire.
(e) 
All outdoor fires will be attended at all times.
(5) 
Prescribed/controlled burns for environmental purposes are allowed if approved in writing by the Fire Chief or his/her designee.
C. 
Blasting. Blasting is allowed if all applicable state regulations are followed and a written permit has been obtained from the Fire Chief or his or her designee.
D. 
Fire emergency. Whenever the Fire Chief deems it imprudent to set fires upon any land within the City, he/she shall issue a notice forbidding the setting of fires in the area designated as a fire emergency area. No person may set any fire in the area so designated unless a permit has been obtained from the Fire Chief or his/her designee.
A. 
The following decisions of the Chief or Building Inspector may be appealed to the Public Safety Committee:
(1) 
The rejection of any application for a required permit or certificate for approval.
(2) 
The revocation of any permit or certificate previously issued.
(3) 
Conditioning the issuance of any required permit, certificate or approval upon compliance with any requirement other than those established by this chapter or any other applicable state, federal, county or local ordinance, statute or administrative regulation.
B. 
A written notice of appeal must be filed with the Chief within 14 days of the date when notice of the action appealed from is received. Notice of any action of the Chief is received when it is personally served or is mailed by first class mail.
C. 
The notice of appeal shall state the action appealed from, shall specify the reasons given for such action, and shall specify the reasons why the person believes said action was unlawful, unjust or inappropriate.
D. 
The Chief shall file the notice of appeal with the Public Safety Committee for consideration by the Committee. The appeal shall be processed as provided by the rules of the Public Safety Committee.
E. 
Within 30 days of the appeal hearing, the Public Safety Committee shall affirm, modify or reverse the action of the Chief or Building Inspector.
F. 
The provisions of Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., shall not be applicable to any determination made pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
Applicability. This section shall apply to all buildings having floors located more than 60 feet above the lowest interior level or exceeding five stories.
B. 
Stairway doors and telephones. Doors from stairways to floors may be locked only if provided with a remote release system from the building control station. Stairways shall have a telephone or intercom to the building control station at least every five floors, if kept locked. Locks must release on power failure, with doors remaining unlocked.
C. 
Automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems.
(1) 
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 13.
(2) 
A standpipe system shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 14.
(3) 
Shutoff valves and water-flow detection devices for the standpipe and sprinkler systems shall be provided for each floor.
(4) 
Standpipe and sprinkler valves shall be supervised by a continuously manned station or central station.
D. 
Smoke/heat detection systems.
(1) 
At least one approved smoke detector, suitable for the intended use, shall be installed:
(a) 
Within every mechanical equipment, electrical transformer or control telephone equipment, elevator machine, or similar room.
(b) 
Within the main return and exhaust air plenum of each air-conditioning system and located in a serviceable area downstream of the last duct inlet.
(2) 
These detectors shall activate an alarm or signaling system and shut down the ventilation system, except where automatic smoke control is incorporated in the system.
(3) 
Approved heat-detection equipment shall be installed in boiler rooms and furnace rooms in lieu of smoke-detection equipment.
(4) 
Alarm systems installed within such buildings shall conform to the Wisconsin State Electrical Code and the following standards: NFPA 72.
(5) 
Detectors shall conform to the Standards for Automatic Fire Detectors NFPA 72.
(6) 
Alarm and communications systems. The alarm and communications systems shall be designed and installed so that damage to any terminal unit or speaker will not render more than one zone of the system inoperative.
E. 
Voice alarm system.
(1) 
The operation of any smoke detector, water-flow device or manual fire alarm station shall automatically sound an alarm signal to the desired areas, followed by voice direction to the occupant. The voice alarm and public address system may be a combined system. When approved, the Fire Department communications system may be combined with the voice alarm system and the public address system.
(2) 
The central control station shall contain controls for the voice alarm system so that a selective or general voice alarm may be manually initiated.
(3) 
The system shall be supervised to cause the activation of an audible trouble signal in the central control station upon interruption or failure of the audio path, including amplifiers, speaker wiring, switches and electrical contacts, and shall detect opens, shorts and grounds which might impair the function of the system.
(4) 
The alarm shall be designed to be heard clearly by all occupants within the building or designated portions thereof as is required for the public address system.
F. 
Public address system. A public address communications system designed to be clearly heard by all occupants of the building shall operate from the central control station. It shall be capable of directing messages selectively or on a general basis to the following terminal areas:
(1) 
Elevators.
(2) 
Elevator lobbies.
(3) 
Corridors.
(4) 
Exit stairways.
(5) 
Rooms and tenant spaces exceeding 1,000 square feet in area.
(6) 
Dwelling units.
(7) 
Hotel guest rooms and/or suites.
G. 
Fire Department communications system. A central control station for Fire Department operations shall be provided in a location approved by the Fire Department. This station shall contain:
(1) 
Voice alarm and public address system control panels.
(2) 
Two-way communications between the control stations and all elevators, elevator lobbies, exit/access and stairways at each floor. The type of equipment proposed for this function shall be approved by the Fire Department.
(3) 
Fire detection and alarm system annunciator panels.
(4) 
Annunciator visual indication of the location and status of each elevator.
(5) 
Status indicators and controls for air-handling systems.
(6) 
Controls for unlocking all stairway doors simultaneously.
(7) 
Sprinkler valve and water-flow detector display panels.
(8) 
Standby power controls and status indicators.
(9) 
A telephone for Fire Department use with controlled access to the public telephone system.
(10) 
Manual override control for all elevators.
(11) 
Small-scale layout plan of the building, showing all permanent partitions, identifying permanent areas and doorways, exterior wall openings suitable for use in smoke ventilation, elevator locations and stair locations.
(12) 
Diagrams to indicate the location of the main shutoff for sprinkler or standpipe systems, electrical, water, gas and steam systems, with an indication of the area(s) served by each of these main shutoffs.
(13) 
A list of names indicating all key building operating personnel and a phone number where they may be reached.
(14) 
An emergency plan of action for the building with personnel responsibilities defined.
H. 
Standby power and lighting.
(1) 
An approved, permanently installed standby power-generating system shall be provided. The system shall be equipped with suitable means for automatically starting the generator set upon failure of the normal electrical service and for automatic transfer and operations of the required electrical functions at full power within 60 seconds of such normal service failure. System supervision with manual start and transfer features shall be provided at the central control station.
(2) 
An on-premises natural gas fuel supply, or other fuel approved by the Department, sufficient for not less than 12 hours full -demand operation of the system, shall be provided.
(3) 
The power requirement shall be determined so as to provide service to, but not limited to:
(a) 
Fire alarm system.
(b) 
Exit and other emergency lighting.
(c) 
Fire protection equipment.
(d) 
Mechanical ventilation equipment.
(e) 
Elevators.
(f) 
Communications systems.
(4) 
Maintenance. All communications, fire-protection, -detection and -suppression systems required under this section shall be tested and maintained in an operable condition. All installed equipment required under this section shall be maintained pursuant to the current standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
(5) 
Floor level identification. All stairways shall have each floor level or story identified on both sides of the door leading to the stairway as to its name or number, with a permanent sign having letters or characters at least two inches in height.
(6) 
All elevators shall have each floor level or story identified on both sides of the door leading to the elevator shaft as to its name or number with a permanent sign having letters or characters at least two inches in height.
A. 
Purpose and policy. The purpose of this section is to provide for effective fire protection by providing a method for rapid response entry into and throughout locked buildings in emergency situations where time may be of the essence. A lock box system shall be mandatory for specified buildings as of a March 1, 2013. Owners of buildings not required to participate by this section are still encouraged to participate in the emergency entry lock-box system.
B. 
Scope. The owner of any building, for which a building permit is issued for: 1) any new construction; or 2) any alteration, enlargement or repair to any existing building, shall install and maintain an emergency-entry lock-box system meeting the requirements of this section. Any building that undergoes a change in ownership, use or occupancy shall be required to purchase and install and maintain an emergency-entry lock-box system meeting the requirements of this section.
C. 
Exceptions. This section shall not apply to the following:
(1) 
Single-family dwellings and two-family dwellings.
(2) 
Multiple-family dwellings; provided, however, that this exception shall only apply if every entrance into each dwelling unit shall have direct access to the exterior of the building, i.e., no entry or exit into a common corridor or hallway before entering or exiting the building.
(3) 
Buildings that are staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year by a front desk person, caretaker or security person, provided that the Fire Chief has issued a written variance approval therefor.
D. 
Selection of vendor and system. To facilitate access by the Fire Department without confusion or delay, the only City-approved emergency-entry lock-box system permitted to be installed and the only approved vendor(s) therefor shall be the emergency-entry lock-box system and vendor(s) approved in writing by the Fire Department.
E. 
Location of lock box. The lock box shall be installed within five feet of the main entry door on the addressed side of the building. The lock box shall be located no lower than four feet above grade nor higher than six feet above grade. However, alternative locations may be approved by the Fire Chief or his or her designee.
F. 
Contents. The lock box shall contain the building master keys to all of the following:
(1) 
All locked points of ingress and egress, whether located at the exterior or in the interior of the building. This shall include keys for all locked exterior doors and keys for all locked principal ingress and egress doors to individual businesses and offices but shall not be mandatorily required for any residential dwelling unit located within the building.
(2) 
All locked mechanical equipment rooms.
(3) 
All locked electrical rooms.
(4) 
All locked elevator controls.
(5) 
All locked elevator rooms.
(6) 
All locked fire alarm panels.
(7) 
All locked fire-suppression systems.
(8) 
All other areas determined necessary by the Fire Chief.
G. 
Access to lock box. Only Fire Department personnel shall have access to the lock box or possess the master key to the lock box.
H. 
Lock-box use. Lock boxes shall be utilized only to gain entry into properties in the event of an emergency situation. Lock boxes shall not be utilized in nonemergency situations such as lockouts. Fire Department personnel, for the purpose of gaining emergency access during an ongoing police emergency situation, can utilize lock boxes during police incidents. Safety of Fire Department personnel is of the utmost importance, and if the company officer deems the situation unsafe, other means shall be used to gain entry into the building/complex. At no time shall the lock-box master key or building master keys located in the lock box be turned over to law enforcement personnel. Lock boxes shall not be used for the purpose of gaining entry to gather evidence or process court-ordered search warrants.
I. 
Owner's responsibilities. Building owners:
(1) 
Shall provide to the Fire Department, on an annual basis and on a form provided by the Fire Department, a list of emergency contacts for use in the event of an emergency.
(2) 
Shall purchase the lock box directly from the vendor referenced in Subsection D of this section at owner's expense.
(3) 
Shall supply the Fire Department with the building master keys referenced in Subsection F of this section, said keys being properly labeled with respect to their identity and function, with the building master keys being placed in the lock box by Fire Department personnel.
(4) 
Shall provide to the Fire Department, when a change of locks occurs, properly labeled replacement keys for installation by the Fire Department in the lock box.
(5) 
Shall not have possession of a lock-box master key.
(6) 
Shall keep the immediate area of the lock box free and clear of any obstructions.
(7) 
Shall not tamper with or remove any lock box, or direct or permit another person to so do, without permission of the Fire Department.
J. 
Certificate of occupancy. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until there is compliance with the requirements of this section.
K. 
Standard operating guideline. The Fire Department shall adopt a standard operating guideline to implement the requirements of this section.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of the Code.