Knox Boxes

The International Fire Code, 2015 Edition, Section 506.1 allows the City Of Baytown to require a locking key box, to be installed in an approved location, “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 firefighting purposes. The key box shall be an approved type and shall contain current keys to gain necessary access to areas as required by the Fire Code Official."Knox Box

Additionally, the fire code requires “an approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the Fire Code Official.” (International Fire Code, 2015 Edition, Section 506.1.1 and Baytown City Ordinance Section 126-253.)

The City Of Baytown uses key access equipment sold by the Knox Company. This key access equipment is required on all commercial establishments and gated developments, communities, and facilities. The Knox boxes must be mounted on the exterior of the building near the main entrance, no higher than 6 feet above grade. These lock boxes and key access equipment may be ordered by calling the Knox Company at 800-552-5669, or online at If you need more information please contact the fire marshal's office at 281-422-2311.

When ordering these high security lock boxes and key access equipment, you must specify that it is for the Baytown Fire Department in order to obtain the correct keyway.

The Knox box and key access equipment must be properly installed with the proper key(s) inside prior to issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.