Locks and Lock Box Safety

At least two vehicular access points into larger complexes may be required for fire department access. If gates are to be installed or locked, a permit must be obtained from the City of Bellingham Building Services Division. At that time, a detailed map shall be provided, showing distances from the street, turn-arounds, etc. Gates may not be installed or locked until after issuance of the permit. The completed application must be returned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, along with a copy of the building permit and two copies of approved site plans.

A Lock Box is required on the front of the gate for the fire department to gain access.

Lock Boxes are also required on all commercial buildings if there is a fire alarm system or sprinkler system. These can be purchased through Bellingham Lock and Safe or Accurate Lock in Bellingham.


We are adjusting some City operations due to the current COVID-19 surge, prioritizing essential services and the safety of employees and the public.