The purpose of this procedure is to clearly define the requirements for commercial building key boxes including; approve key box types, key box ordering, key box installation, securing of key boxes and updating of existing key boxes.
The International Fire Code (IFC), as amended by Boise City Ordinance, requires key boxes for all structures with fire alarm or fire sprinkler systems which are connected to a monitoring service. The required key box for the Boise City Fire Department (BFD), Whitney Fire Protection District (WFP) and North Ada County Fire & Rescue District (NACFR) is the KNOX-BOX manufactured by the KNOX Company.
Boise City Fire Department allows the 3200 Series with hinged doors and the 4400 Series KnoxBox. The 3200 Series holds ten keys, or usually 1 to 2 sets, and is usually adequate for small buildings. In large, multi-story or multi-tenant buildings the 4400 Series, which holds up to 50 keys, will be required.
Key Boxes can be ordered either online.
To order online:
- Visit the KnoxBox website:
- Select the KnoxBox model you are interested in. Large, multi-story or multi-tenant buildings require the 4400 Series.
- Add the selected items to you cart.
- Complete all fields in the Installation Address and Billing information screens and confirm purchase. KnoxBoxes will be shipped to your address.
- Upon notification that a KnoxBox has been ordered, the Boise Fire Department will notify the contact email on the application with information on which fire station to contact for lock-up.
- When the KnoxBox is received, proceed to next section for installation instructions.
- The KnoxBox should be mounted on the address side of the building near the main entry at a height of no more than 6-feet above finish grade, measured to top of the box.
- Installation shall comply with the mounting instructions included with the KnoxBox.
- Assemble and label all of the following keys for placement into the KnoxBox:
Master key (green label): If a master key is not available provides keys for access to all entrances, mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, roof access and other areas at the
discretion of the fire code official. A larger KnoxBox maybe required.
Fire alarm key(s) (red label) – if applicable
Padlock key(s) – if applicable
Elevator key (blue label) – if applicable
Pass key or access control card (white label) – if applicable
- Multiple sets of keys shall be required for large, multi-story or multi-tenant buildings and may require a larger KnoxBox:
1-2 stories 1 set
3-4 stories 2 sets
5 and more stories 4 sets
>50,000 sq. ft but less than 100,000 2 sets
>100,000 sq. ft. Contact the fire code official
Multi-tenant 1 set/tenant (unless master keyed)
- Ensure you have the front cover plate for the KnoxBox ready.
- Contact the fire station who is responsible for the area which was previously provided. View fire station locations.
- The fire station will set up an appointment to close up the KnoxBox.
- The fire station will verify keys and labeling and the lock the KnoxBox.
Change of Locks
Any change of locks or keys shall require the owner/occupant to provide new keys to the fire department. To have keys added or replace please follow the procedure below:
- Contact the fire station who is responsible for the area. View fire station locations. If unaware of the responsible station, please contact the Boise City Fire Department at (208) 570-6500.
- The fire station will set up an appointment to change the keys.
- The fire station will verify keys and labeling and lock the box.
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