[Adopted 3-5-2007 by Ord. No. 07-668]
The Governing Body has determined that the health, welfare and safety of the Township's residents are promoted by requiring certain structures within the Township to install and maintain a rapid entry system in the form of a key lock box system on the exterior of the structure, which will permit the Township's Fire Department and other public safety departments of the Township to gain immediate and unfettered access to the structure when responding and reporting to the structure.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- KEY LOCK BOX SYSTEM
- As used herein, a secured, locked device affixed to the exterior of the structure(s) identified below, and, as necessary, the entry to the property on which the structure(s) is situated.
- As used herein, shall mean and include a person, corporation, partnership or any other similar entity.
- PREMISES or PROPERTY
- As used herein, shall mean and include any premises and property on which the structures identified below are situated that have security or other gated properties impeding unfettered ingress and egress.
- SECURITY OR OTHER FORM OF GATE
- As used herein, shall mean and include property the entrance to which having limited access due to a vehicular gate.
- As used herein, shall mean and include those structures identified below, and shall be afforded the meaning as is afforded elsewhere throughout this Code.
The owner of the following types of structures shall be required to install and maintain a key lock box system that will provide the Township's Fire Department and other public safety departments with immediate and unfettered access to the structure and property on which the structure is situated:
Any and all commercial or industrial structures protected by an automatic activated alarm system, an automatic dialer, an automatic fire-suppression system, and/or such structures that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency;
Any and all facilities providing medical, nursing, congregate and/or other care;
Any and all multiresidential structures, including apartment and condominium complexes, that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the individual residential units;
Any and all nursing homes, assisted-living residences, hospice facilities, and/or other structures providing for long-term care for senior citizens;
Any and all public buildings;
Any and all high-rise structures, not otherwise identified herein, having floors above 75 feet ground level;
Any and all existing buildings when undergoing renovations of at least 25% of the building; and
Any and all newly constructed buildings of the type and kind identified in § 137-14A through G. All newly constructed buildings of the type and kind identified in § 137-14A through G shall comply with the provisions of this article before a certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy may be granted.
Any structure having on-site twenty-four-hour security personnel or on-site twenty-four-hour door service personnel may be exempt from the requirements of this article. Exemptions shall be at the discretion of the Chief of the Township's Fire Department.
The key lock box system shall be located at or near the main entrance to the structure. If the structure is located on property, ingress and egress to which is inhibited by a security or other form of gate, then two lock box systems shall be installed: the first at or near the main entrance to the property on which the structure is situated, and the second at or near the main entrance to the actual structure. The key lock box system shall be mounted at a height of six feet above the final grade or as otherwise designated by the Chief of the Township's Fire Department.
The key lock box system shall contain labeled keys to locked points of ingress and egress, whether interior or exterior; labeled keys to locked mechanical rooms; labeled keys to any gate or secured areas; labeled keys to any other areas that may be required by the Chief of the Township's Fire Department, the Chief of the Township's Police Department, or the duly appointed director of the Township's other public safety departments; and a list containing the name(s), address(es), telephone number(s), including cellular, of at least one contact person who may be contacted by the reporting public safety agency.
If the structure contains or otherwise stores hazardous materials as defined by the Code or the State of New Jersey, then the structure must also install and maintain a HAZMAT document storage box system immediately adjacent to the key lock box system. The document storage box system shall contain material safety data sheets; blueprints and/or floor plans of the structure illustrating the location of the hazardous materials; and any other information as required by the Chief of the Township's Fire Department, the Chief of the Township's Police Department, or the duly appointed director of the Township's other public safety departments.
The above list of contents of the key lock box system and the HAZMAT document storage box system should not be considered an exhaustive list.
Within 30 days after the installation of the key lock box system, each person or entity using such system shall provide to the Chief of the Township's Fire Department a list of the name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s), including cellular, of at least one contact person who may be contacted by the reporting public safety agency. If no contact person is provided as required by this section, then the owner of the structure shall be designated the contact person.
A test of the key lock box system, and a walk-through of the structure, shall be conducted by the Chief of the Township's Fire Department in the presence and with the participation of the structure's authorized contact person(s) upon completion of the installation of the key lock box system. Such testing and walk-through shall occur annually or when required by the Chief of the Township's Fire Department.
The Chief of the Township's Fire Department shall enforce the provisions of this article.
Any owner of a structure identified in this article who violates any portion or section of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000, or imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each violation of any of the provisions of this article of the Code and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.