ARTICLE IX. ALARM SYSTEMS

Sec. 6‑168. Definitions.

Alarm system. Any assembly of mechanical or electrical equip­ment so arranged as to signal the occurrence of a monitored event requiring urgent attention and to which the police depart­ment or fire department is expected to respond.

False alarm. An alarm signal from an alarm system causing a response by either the police or fire department when a need for such response does not in fact exist and the alarm is communi­cated as a result of improper design, improper installation, im­proper maintenance, or improper use; but, this definition does not include alarm signals caused by violent conditions of nature nor other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm user. (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83; Ord. 11-07, 1, 4-19-11)

Sec. 6‑169. Permits required; fee; renewal.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person subject to business tax regulation to operate an alarm system in the town with­out a valid permit, regardless of whether said operator is also the owner or merely the user of such alarm system in a rental or lease situation. Operation of an alarm system without a permit shall be grounds for a hearing before the code enforcement board.

(b) A permit fee of ten dollars ($10.00) per year shall be levied on each and every business alarm system installed and in use within the town. If a business has one (1) or more alarm systems protecting two (2) or more separate structures having different addresses, a separate permit shall be required for each structure.

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*Cross reference–Electrical code, 6‑62; fire protection and prevention, Ch. 7; damaging, tampering with fire equipment, 7‑12; licenses, Ch. 9; false alarms or calls for emergency service unlawful, 10‑9; noise prohibitions, 10‑13, 10‑14; interference with police and fire signal systems, 10‑20; police, Ch. 12.

(c) All alarm permits will expire on the thirtieth day of Sep­tember of each year and must be renewed not later than the first day of October of each year. Renewal permits for businesses will be issued at the same time that business tax receipts are issued. (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83; Ord. 07-12, 1, 7-17-07; Ord. 11-07, 2, 4-19-11)

Sec. 6‑170. Permit applications; emergency notification.

(a) Applications for alarm permits shall be made on forms provided by the building department, and shall state the name, address and telephone number of the property to be serviced by the alarm, and the name, address and telephone number of the applicant’s residence. If the applicant’s alarm is serviced by an alarm company, then that company’s name, address and tele­phone number shall also be included.

(b) Each application shall list an emergency telephone number of the user or his representative, to permit prompt notification of alarm calls. Failure to keep information current may consti­tute grounds for revocation of the permit. (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83)

Sec. 6‑171. Response to alarm; determination of validity.

Whenever an alarm system is activated in the town, requiring an emergency response to the location, the senior police or fire officer at the scene shall determine whether the emergency re­sponse was in fact required as indicated by the alarm system or whether in some way the alarm system malfunctioned as afore­said, thereby activating a false alarm. If a determination of a false alarm is made, a report shall be written stating the proxi­mate cause of such false alarm, a copy of which shall be mailed to the operator. (Signed statements of operator will be obtained where appropriate.) (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83)

Sec. 6‑172. Fee assessments for excessive false alarms.

(a) It is hereby found and determined that more than five (5) false alarms per system in any one permit year is excessive and constitutes a public nuisance.

(b) False alarms in excess of the annual limit shall be billed a twenty‑five dollar ($25.00) service charge per occurrence, such charge to be considered a fine owed by the alarm system operator to the town; each service charge shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt thereof. Failure to pay the service charge within the prescribed time limit shall result in subjecting the operator to being brought before the code enforcement board for a hearing to determine the validity of the fine. (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83)

Sec. 6‑173. Prohibited alarm systems.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, natural or corporate, to sell, offer for sale, install, maintain, lease, operate or assist in the operation of an automatic telephone dialing alarm system over any telephone lines used exclusively by the public (i.e., 911) to directly request emergency service from the town communica­tions center. As an exception to this prohibition, a system approved by Brevard County Civil Defense as the operating agency of the emergency service shall be allowed. Any automatic tele­phone dialing system installed as set forth herein prior to the effective date of this article shall be removed within thirty (30) days after notification by the town of such unlawful system. Failure to remove such an unlawful system within the time limits herein prescribed shall be grounds for a hearing before the code en­forcement board.

(b) All alarm systems installed within the town shall meet or exceed the standards set by the Underwriters’ Laboratory, and the applicable standards of the NFPA Fire Codes. (Ord. No. 83‑333, 1, 12‑20‑83)

Secs. 6‑174–6‑180. Reserved.