When are key lock boxes required?

On March 19, 2007, the Maquoketa City Council adopted an ordinance to require the use of key lock boxes. The ordinance requires all commercial buildings and all apartment buildings with common areas that are locked to the general public and constructed after the date the ordinance was approved to install a key lock box. Existing buildings which are converted to commercial use or converted to an apartment building with common areas that are locked to the general public after the date the ordinance is approved will also be required to install a key lock box. Owners of existing commercial buildings or apartment buildings may participate in the system, but are not required to do so. If a property owner chooses to participate in the system, the key lock box and installation must meet all requirements of the ordinance. Knox also makes boxes designed specifically for residential use. These boxes are keyed to the same fire department master key and are installed in the same manner. Any participation by residential properties is strictly voluntary. The cost of installation will be at the building owner’s expense. Order forms may be picked up at City Hall. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please refer to our ordinance section in the menu at the top of the page.