TOWNSHIP OF NESHANNOCK
LAWRENCE COUNTY, PENNSYVANIA
AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING STRUCTURES TO
HAVE A KEY LOCK BOX INSTALLED ON THE
EXTERIOR OF THE STRUCTURE FOR FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY PURPOSES
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors have determined that the health, safety, and
welfare of the citizens of the Township of Neshannock are promoted requiring certain
structures to have a key lock box installed on the exterior of the structure to aid the
Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Company in gaining access to the structure when
responding to calls for emergency service; and
WHEREAS, the key lock box system is being adopted nationally and will operate on a
master key basis that will expedite entry into a structure during an emergency; and
WHEREAS, the key lock box system will eliminate forced entries into structures
thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming efforts in gaining access to locked structures
during an emergency;
WHEREAS, the Township of Neshannock is hereby enacted and ordained by the
authority of the Second Class Township Code;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF NESHANNOCK
TOWNSHIP, LAWRENCE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: The Ordinances of the Township of Neshannock is here by amended with the
addition of the following provisions:
Key Lock Box System
a. The following structures shall be equipped with a key lock box at or with in four (4) feet of the main entrance at a height of six (6) feet from the walking surface or such location required by the fire chief:
1. Commercial or industrial structures protected by an automatic alarm system or
automatic suppression systems, or such structures that are secured in a manner that
restricts access during an emergency;
2. Multi-family residential structures that have restricted access
through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to
the living units;
3. Governmental structures, schools, and nursing care facilities.
b. All newly constructed structures subject to this section shall have the key lock
box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All
structures in existence on the effective date of this ordinance and subject to this
section shall have one (1) year from the effective date of this ordinance to have a key
lock box installed and operational.
c. The fire chief shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented
with in the township and shall have the authority to require all structure to use
the designated system.
d. The owner or operator of the structure required to have a key lock box shall, at
all times, keep a key in the lock box that will allow for access to the structure.
e. The fire chief shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use
of the lock box system.
f. Any person who owns or operates a structure subject to this ordinance shall be
subject to the penalties set forth in this section for any violation of the ordinance
in the amount of $1000.00.
SECTION 2: This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its passage.