62-106 Fire doors required in multiple dwellings; markings.

(a)    Any multiple dwellings as defined in the state housing law requiring fire resistant stairwells as a means of exit and having fire doors leading into such exits shall have the doors equipped with self-closing devices so that each door will be maintained in a closed position at all times, except when opened for ingress or egress.

(b)    All fire doors shall be labeled by the fire marshal with the following:


(Code 1985, § 12-26)

62-107 Sprinkler systems in multiple dwellings.

(a)    In the basement or cellar of every multiple dwelling housing more than eight families as defined in the state housing law, and where a locker room or space for the storage of belongings, goods, personal property of the occupants of the dwelling or space for the storage of materials or articles of more than ordinary combustible nature, such as papers, rags, paints, oils, etc., is provided, such areas shall be protected by a sprinkler system to be installed in accordance with the plumbing code of the city and as provided in this section.

(b)    The storage rooms and locker rooms of all such apartments shall be equipped with a sprinkler system with sprinkler heads arranged so as to provide not less than one head for each 100 square feet or fraction thereof of area. In any case where the space is divided into separate smaller compartments by any material other than mesh screening, there shall be not less than one sprinkler head over each separate compartment.

(c)    An adequate source of water supply shall be provided to ensure proper working of the sprinkler system which may be in connection to the water supply main of the building. The distribution shall be of sufficient capacity to adequately serve the number of heads installed, but it shall not be necessary to be of greater capacity than is sufficient to serve any five heads operating at the same time.

(d)    The entire storage space or the passageways leading to separate compartments shall be adequately lighted with electrically illuminated lights installed at the ceiling.

(Code 1985, § 12-27)

62-108 Responsibility for maintenance of fire doors.

No person owning, maintaining or operating a multiple dwelling, including the agent, manager or caretaker thereof, shall permit or allow fire doors to be maintained in violation of section 62-106.

(Code 1985, § 12-28)

62-109 Responsibility for sprinkler system.

No person owning, maintaining or operating a multiple dwelling, including the agent, manager or caretaker, shall maintain any apartment building in violation of section 62-108 after written notice by certified United States mail has been given as provided in section 62-110.

(Code 1985, § 12-29)

62-110 Notice to install sprinkler system.

All sprinkler installations required by this article shall be completed 90 days after written notice by the fire marshal to the owner or caretaker by certified United States mail.

(Code 1985, § 12-30)

62-111 Fire suppression and alarm system testing.

For the protection of lives and property, any building that is not vacant, which has a fire alarm system and/or a fire suppression system, will be required to have these system(s) tested at least once annually by a licensed fire system service company approved by the fire department, with a report of such test being forwarded to the fire marshal’s office.

(Ord. No. 2142, § 1, 7-18-02)

62-112 Fire department connection (FDC) caps.

The Pontiac Fire Code Official is authorized to require locking caps on fire department connections for water-based fire protection systems where the Pontiac Fire Department carries the appropriate key wrenches for removal.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-113 Lock boxes.

A lock box approved by the Pontiac Fire Department shall be installed and maintained for the following facilities:

(1)    All occupancies served by an automatic fire detection or suppression system, or any other type of alarm system, including security systems, connected to a central monitoring station facility, except buildings occupied 24 hours a day;

(2)    All multiple story occupancies that have elevators serving upper floors; and

(3)    All buildings storing, using or manufacturing materials deemed hazardous by the International Fire Code currently adopted and/or the Pontiac Fire Department.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-114 Location of lock boxes.

The location of the lock box shall be approved by the Pontiac Fire Department and shall comply with the following criteria:

(1)    The location of the key box shall be determined by a member of the fire department fire prevention unit.

(2)    No steps, displays, signs, fixtures or structure protrusions shall be located under the box which would allow intruders to access the box without assistance.

(3)    In newly constructed buildings, the key box shall be connected to the N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Agency) 72A fire alarm control panel when provided. Wiring for the connection shall be supervised as required by N.F.P.A. 72A. The key box shall be connected in such a manner that tampering or opening of the box shall produce a supervisory signal.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-115 Lock box contents.

The lock box shall contain keys that are labeled and identified as follows:

(1)    The main entrance door, except that main entrance keys are only required for mixed occupancy and strip shopping centers where there is a system control valve or a fire alarm system panel;

(2)    The alarm room;

(3)    All mechanical rooms and sprinkler control rooms;

(4)    The fire alarm control panel;

(5)    The electrical rooms;

(6)    Any special keys to reset pull-stations or other fire protective devices;

(7)    The fire department elevator keys; and

(8)    Any other rooms that are specified by the Pontiac Fire Department.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-116 Compliance.

(a)    All new or remodeled structures must comply with the requirements of this article prior to occupancy. Required approvals and specifications shall be obtained during the plan review process.

(b)    Existing structures must comply with this article within one year of ordinance adoption. The Pontiac Fire Department shall provide notice of the lock box requirements to all applicable existing structures.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-117 Applications.

Application for a lock box shall be made on forms provided by the Pontiac Fire Department. Applications may be obtained from the Pontiac Fire Department at 123 E. Pike, Pontiac, MI 48342.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-118 Lock box installation.

Lock boxes shall not be installed without first obtaining a permit from the Pontiac Fire Department. Owners and operators may obtain a permit except in buildings with a N.F.P.A. 72 fire alarm system, in which case only licensed fire alarm contractors may obtain a lock box installation permit.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-119 Penalty.

Violation of any provision of this article is a municipal civil infraction which shall result in the assessment of a fine of not less than $100.00 or not more than $500.00 per violation, plus costs and other sanctions for each infraction.

Further, each day on which any violation of this article continues constitutes a separate offense and shall be subject to penalties or sanctions as a separate offense. In addition to any other remedies available at law, the city may bring in the local district court request for injunctive relief or other process against a person or company to restrain, prevent, or abate any violation of this article.

(Ord. No. 2165, § 1, 9-11-03)

62-12062-130 Reserved.