[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-14-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-208]
The purpose of this article is to require certain structures to have a key lock box installed at the entrance of the structure to enable emergency responders to gain access to the structure when responding to an emergency without forceful entry.
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Key Lock Box Ordinance."
All proposed structures other than single-family detached, single-family semidetached, single-family attached (townhouses), structures accessory to a residential use, utility or essential service structures, and municipal structures, shall be equipped with a fully functional key lock box at or near the main entrance as approved by the Township or its designee. Also, renovations, remodeling, reconstruction and expansion of all existing structures except single-family detached, single-family semidetached, and single-family attached (townhouses) for which a building permit or zoning permit is required shall be equipped with a fully functional key lock box at or near the main entrance as approved by the Township or its designee.
The owner of each structure constructed after the effective date of this article and subject to this article shall have a key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of any occupancy permit.
The key lock box shall be an Underwriters' Laboratory type and sized appropriately for the number of contents required therein and approved by the Township. The key lock box shall be equipped with a lock which can be opened only with a lock box master key that is issued to the Township or its designee. Only emergency vehicles that are equipped with a special security device designed to be opened by communication with County Dispatch are authorized to carry the lock box master key. The owner of the structure is prohibited from obtaining or otherwise possessing a lock box master key.
The owner shall place or cause to be placed in the lock box keys to all locked entrances, whether on the interior or exterior of the structure, keys to locked mechanical or electrical equipment rooms, keys to elevator rooms and controls, keys to any fenced or secured area, a floor plan of the rooms within the structure denoting any utility disconnects or controls, fire alarm panels or controls and any hazardous materials stored in the structure, and a contact person with current contact information. It is the structure owner's responsibility to ensure the contents of the lock box are current and functional. The Township or its designee shall open the box for placement, inspection and approval of contents. Also, if any of the contents of the key lock box must be removed, updated, or anything added thereto, arrangements shall be made with the Township or its designee to open the key lock box to inspect the items and then relock the box.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.