Identifying Compliant and Non-Compliant Elevator Locks and Keys

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2012 ICC Codes

Standardized Fire Service Elevator Keys

506.3 Standardized fire service elevator keys. All buildings with elevators equipped with Phase I Emergency Recall, Phase II emergency in-car operation, or a Fire Service Access Elevator shall be equipped to operate with a standardized fire service elevator key approved by the fire code official.

Exception: Where there is a practical difficulty to providing a standardized key the owner shall place the building’s non-standardized fire service elevator keys in a key box installed in accordance with Section 506.1. 506.3.1 Requirements for standardized fire service elevator keys. Standardized fire service elevator keys shall comply with all of the following:

  1. All fire service elevator keys within the jurisdiction shall be uniform and specific for the jurisdiction. Keys shall be cut to a uniform key code.
  2. Fire service elevator keys shall be a patent protected design to prevent unauthorized duplication.
  3. Fire service elevator keys shall be factory restricted by the manufacturer to prevent the unauthorized distribution of key blanks. No uncut key blanks shall be permitted to leave the factory
  4. Fire service elevator keys subject to these rules shall be engraved with the words “DO NOT DUPLICATE”.

506.3.2 Access to standardized fire service keys. Access to standardized fire service elevator keys shall be restricted to the following:

  1. Elevator owners or their authorized agents;
  2. Elevator contractors.
  3. Elevator Inspectors of the jurisdiction.
  4. Fire code officials of the jurisdiction.
  5. The fire department and other emergency response agencies designated by the fire code official.

506.3.3 Duplication or distribution of keys. No person may duplicate a standardized fire service elevator key or issue, give, or sell a duplicated key unless in accordance with this code.

506.3.4 Responsibility to provide keys. The building owner shall provide up to three (3) standardized fire service elevator keys where required by the fire code official, upon installation of a standardized fire service key switch or switches in the building.

PART II – IBC GENERAL

3003.3 Standardized fire service elevator keys. All elevators shall be equipped to operate with a standardized fire service elevator key in accordance with the International Fire Code.