(a) Key Boxes.
(1) Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or when immediate access is necessary for life-saving or firefighting purposes, the fire chief is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an accessible location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain access as required by the fire chief. The owner or operator of the structure or the area shall install a key box within six months of receiving written notification from the fire chief that a key box is required for the structure or area.
(2) An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers where required by the fire chief.
(3) The operator of a building shall immediately notify the fire chief and provide the new key when a lock is changed or rekeyed. The key to such lock shall be secured in the key box.
(Reference IFC Section 506.)
(b) Exemptions. A private residence or individual residence is exempt from the provisions above.