Definitions.  For the purpose of this section, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated unless their context requires a different meaning.
   ALARM CONTRACTOR. Any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity appropriately licensed as an alarm contractor by the State of Michigan, State Electrical Administrative Board.
   ALARM SYSTEM. A device or an assembly of equipment or devices arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which police officers and/or firefighters are expected to respond.
   ALARM USER.  Any person, whether owner, occupant, or tenant, on whose premises an alarm system maintained within the City except for alarm systems on motor vehicles. If, however, an alarm system on a motor vehicle is connected with an alarm system at a premises, the person using such alarm system is an ALARM USER. Also excluded from this definition and from the coverage of the ordinance are persons who use alarm systems to alert or signal persons within the premises in which the alarm system is located, of an attempted unauthorized intrusion or hold-up attempt. If such a system, however, employs an audible signal emitting sounds or flashing lights or beacon designed to signal persons outside the premises, such system shall be within the definition of an alarm system and shall be subjected to §§ 31-19.1 through 31-19.6.
   FALSE ALARM.  Any alarm condition which is reported to the City of Flint 911 Center for the response of the Flint Police Department and Fire Department that is not the result from the activity for which the alarm was intended. A FALSE ALARM may include, but is not limited to, activation of an alarm system through any of the following:
      (1)   Negligent or intentional use or misuse of the system;
      (2)   Mechanical failure;
      (3)   Malfunction;
      (4)   Improper installation; or
      (5)   Low battery conditions.
   FIRE OR BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM.  Any device or equipment designed to signal visibly, audibly, electronically, mechanically or by any combination of these methods, and to which the Department(s) are trained to respond.
   LETTER FOR EXCESSIVE FALSE ALARMS.  A notification provided to an alarm contractor by the Department for two (2) or more false alarms within a 12-month calendar year.
   PREMISES.  Any building or structure in which an alarm system is installed.
   QUALIFIED ALARM TECHNICIAN. Any person who inspects, installs, repairs or performs maintenance on alarm systems and is factory trained and/or licensed by the State of Michigan.
   RECORD OF COMPLETION. The form required to be filed with the City pursuant to the National Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72).
   REPORT OF CORRECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST IMPROPER USE. Documentation in a format acceptable to the City of Flint 911 Enforcement Official that verifies the alarm contractor has taken appropriate corrective measures to prevent future improper use of an alarm system.
   REPORT OF SERVICE/REPAIR.  Documentation in a format acceptable to the Enforcement Official that verifies proper repairs or maintenance have been performed by both the alarm contractor and the alarm user.
   SERVICE FEE. The monetary charge for responding to false alarms.
(Ord. 3376, passed 7-27-1998; Ord. 3753, passed 5-20-2009)