2009 VA State Fire Prevention Code


Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC)

506.1 Where required. Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type listed in accordance with UL 1037 and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official.

Exception: Existing key boxes are not required to be listed in accordance with UL 1037 unless replaced. Add Section 506.3, including all subsections, to read:

506.3 Standardized fire service elevator keys. All buildings with elevators equipped with Phase I emergency recall or Phase II emergency in-car operation, or buildings equipped with fire service access or occupant evacuation elevators shall be equipped to operate with a standardized fire service key approved by the fire code official.

Exception: Where providing a standardized key is not possible due to the existing non-standard elevator equipment, the owner shall be permitted to 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 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. 2009 VIRGINIA STATEWIDE FIRE PREVENTION CODE – Effective March 1, 2011 - 23 –
  2. Fire service elevator keys shall be a patent protected design to prevent unauthorized duplication.
  3. 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 persons or groups:

  1. Elevator owners or their authorized agents.
  2. Elevator contractors.
  3. Elevator inspectors of the jurisdiction.
  4. Fire and building code officials of the jurisdiction.
  5. The fire department and other emergency response agencies designated by the fire code official and the code official responsible for the enforcement of Part III, Maintenance, of the USBC.

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 standardized fire service elevator keys, if required by the fire code official, upon installation of a standardized fire service key switch or switches in the building

https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/StateBuildingCodesandRegulations/PDFs/2009/Code - SFPC.pdf