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Section 506 Keys and Key Access
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Firefighter service elevator key switches shall be operable by a citywide standard key.
Where access to or within a building, structure or premises is restricted because of locked doors or other building openings, or where immediate access would be needed for lifesaving or firefighting purposes in the event of a fire or other emergency, the department may require that keys be kept in a key box installed in an approved location. The owner shall ensure that the key kept in the lock box is replaced whenever a lock securing the area, box or cabinet is changed or rekeyed.
The department may require that a locked box operable by a citywide standard key be provided in a designated area in a building, structure or premises to store plans, building information cards or other materials that will assist firefighting personnel responding to a fire or other emergency at the premises.
It shall be unlawful to possess a citywide standard key except for persons authorized to possess such key in connection with the following purposes:
- Owners of buildings equipped with firefighter service elevators, or their authorized representatives, including FLS directors and FEP coordinators.
- Elevator contractors.
- Elevator inspectors of the Department of Buildings.
- Persons authorized to conduct testing and other maintenance or servicing of fire alarm systems.
- Authorized department personnel.
- New York City police officers and other approved law enforcement personnel.
- Building owners required to have key boxes, locked boxes or locked gates or barriers pursuant to this code, or their authorized representatives.
- Building owners with locked gates and barriers that block required fire department and fire apparatus access.
- Locksmiths or other authorized key suppliers when in connection with their lawful business operations.
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