Chapter 15.14
KEY BOXES

Sections:

15.14.010    Definitions.

15.14.020    Key boxes to be installed.

15.14.030    Deadline for installation.

15.14.040    Provision of keys.

15.14.050    Violations, penalties and enforcement.

15.14.010 Definitions.

The following terms are defined for application under this chapter:

“Fire chief” means the chief operating officer of Chelan County Fire District 7 or any other entity providing fire suppression services for citizens within the city;

“Key box” means a high security key vault, the purpose of which is to contain keys to access the locked doors of the structure, and to which only the fire chief or the chief’s designee has access. A key box shall be of a type and installed on the exterior of a structure pursuant to standards established by the fire chief. (Ord. 1404 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2010).

15.14.020 Key boxes to be installed.

Owners of the following structures shall equip said structures with a key box at a location thereon designated by the fire chief, and shall provide keys for entry thereto to the fire chief:

A. Commercial structures;

B. Industrial structures;

C. Governmental structures;

D. Structures housing nursing care and assisted living facilities;

E. Multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units; and

F. Gates, barriers, or electrically controlled access obstructions to residential or commercial developments. (Ord. 1404 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2010).

15.14.030 Deadline for installation.

Key boxes shall be installed on or before the following times:

A. Newly constructed structures shall have the key box installed prior to final inspection and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

B. Structures existing on January 1, 2010, shall have the key box installed on or before December 31, 2014.

C. Structures which are renovated and/or remodeled, when the cost thereof over any five-year period is equal or greater than twenty-five percent of the estimated cost to construct the structure. (Ord. 1404 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2010).

15.14.040 Provision of keys.

The owner of a structure shall provide keys to the locks of the structure to the fire chief prior to final approval of the structure by the planning department and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. Whenever locks to structures are changed or rekeyed, the owner or occupant of a structure shall immediately provide keys to the fire chief. (Ord. 1404 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2010).

15.14.050 Violations, penalties and enforcement.

Enforcement of this chapter shall be accomplished through the planning director or his or her designee. Violations of this chapter shall constitute a nuisance, and shall be enforced according to the uniform procedures set out in Chapter 2.80. (Ord. 1502 § 4 (Exh. L), 2015: Ord. 1404 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2010).