Public Act 098-0388
HB1349 EnrolledLRB098 07604 OMW 37676 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Fire Protection District Act is amended by
adding Section 11j as follows:
    (70 ILCS 705/11j new)
    Sec. 11j. Installation of access or key boxes. The board of
trustees of any fire protection district may, by ordinance,
require the installation of an access or key box if: (1) a
structure is protected by an automatic fire alarm or security
system or access to or within the structure or area is unduly
difficult because of secured openings; and (2) immediate access
is necessary for life-saving purposes. In the case of a health
care facility that is secured by an electronic code box that is
in good working order, if the owner of the health care facility
provides the fire department with a valid access code, then
that health care facility is not required to be accessible by
an access or key box. For the purposes of this Section, "health
care facility" means: a hospital licensed under the Hospital
Licensing Act or the University of Illinois Hospital Act; a
nursing home or long-term care facility licensed under the
Nursing Home Care Act; an assisted living establishment, as
defined in the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act; a mental
health facility, as defined in the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code; a supportive living facility
certified to participate in the supportive living facilities
program under Section 5-5.01a of the Illinois Public Aid Code;
or a facility licensed under the Specialized Mental Health
Rehabilitation Act. "Access or key box" means a secure device
with a lock operable only by a fire department master key, and
containing building entry keys and other keys that may be
required for access in an emergency.
    The access or key box shall be of an approved type listed
in accordance with the most recently published version of the
standard Underwriters Laboratories 1037 and shall contain keys
to gain access as required by the fire chief of the fire
protection district, or his or her designee.
    An ordinance enacted under this Section may specify
particular classes or types of structures or occupancies that
are required to install an access or key box. However, an
ordinance enacted under this Section shall not apply to single
family residential structures or to facilities owned or
operated by a public utility, as that term is defined under
Section 3-105 of the Public Utilities Act.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/16/2013