PART SEVEN - BUSINESS REGULATION CODE
Chap. 701.  Alarm Businesses and Users.
Chap. 703.  Auctions.
Chap. 707.  Automobile Sales and Purchases.
Chap. 711.  Barber Shops.
Chap. 715.  Billiard and Pool Rooms.
Chap. 721.  Gold or Silver Sale.
Chap. 723.  Home Sales.
Chap. 724.  Rental Agencies.
Chap. 727.  Liquidation Sales.
Chap. 735.  Merchandise Distress Sales.
Chap. 739.  Peddlers.
Chap. 741.  Pin Ball Machines.
Chap. 743.  Photographers.
Chap. 747.  Public Dances and Skating Rinks.
Chap. 751.  Public Shows.
Chap. 755.  Secondhand and Junk Dealers.
Chap. 757.  Sexually Oriented Businesses.
Chap. 759.  Solicitations.
Chap. 763.  Taxicabs and Common Carriers.
Chap. 767.  Taxicab Drivers.
Chap. 771.  Video Service Providers.
CHAPTER 701
Alarm Businesses and Users
701.01   Definitions.
701.02   Police direct connect alarms.
701.03   Confidentiality.
701.04   Administrative fees for multiple false alarms.
701.05   Excessive false alarms. (Repealed)
701.06   Appeals.
701.07   Rules and regulations.
701.08   Enforcement of provisions. (Repealed)
 
CROSS REFERENCES
False alarms - see GEN. OFF. 509.07
Alarm services - see S.U. & P.S. Ch. 959
 
701.01  DEFINITIONS.
   As used in this chapter, certain terms are defined as follows:
   (a)    "Alarm business" means the business by any individual, partnership, corporation, company, firm or other entity of selling, installing, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or monitoring any alarm system or causing to be sold, installed, leased, maintained, serviced, repaired, altered, replaced, moved or monitored any alarm system in or on any building, structure or facility.
   (b)    "Alarm site" means specific property or area of the premises upon or within which an alarm system is located or to be installed.
   (c)    "Alarm system" means any device or combination of devices designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry on the premises, of an unlawful act, or of an emergency, which device alerts a government organization of its commission or occurrence and when activated gives a signal, either visual, audible or both or transmits or causes to be transmitted a signal. For purposes of this chapter, an alarm system shall not include:
      (1)    An alarm system or device installed upon premises occupied by the United States Government, the State of Ohio or any other governmental entity that is specifically exempted from local control by State or Federal law; or
      (2)    Any device or system designed solely to detect or give notice of fire or smoke. 
   (d)    "Alarm user" means the person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind in control of premises wherein an alarm system is maintained. 
   (e)    "False alarm" means any alarm activation or signal that alerts a government organization which is not the result of an actual or threatened emergency requiring their immediate response. False alarms include negligently or accidentally activated alarms or signals; alarms or signals which are the result of faulty, malfunctioning or improperly installed or maintained equipment; and signals which are purposely activated to summon police or emergency services in nonemergency situations. An alarm caused by an Act of God, including but not limited to thunderstorms, lightning and earthquakes, shall not be considered a false alarm. Multiple occurrences due to equipment malfunction within a twenty-four hour period of activity constituting false alarms may be considered one false alarm for the purposes of this chapter. 
   (f)   "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation or other legal entity.
(Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.) 
701.02 POLICE DIRECT CONNECT ALARMS. 
   Alarm systems which terminate at the Police Department Communications Section are exempted from the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.) 
701.03 CONFIDENTIALITY. 
   Because of the threat to the public safety and the risk that such information could be used for criminal action, and to protect the privacy of those persons affected by any provisions of this chapter, the alarm system information kept by the City shall remain confidential. Such information shall be used solely for the purpose of law enforcement, judicial proceedings and the administration of this chapter and shall not be otherwise disclosed.
(Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.) 
701.04 ADMINISTRATIVE FEES FOR MULTIPLE FALSE ALARMS.
   (a)    Alarm users shall be responsible for multiple false alarms sent by alarm systems to premises under their control. 
(Ord. 77-1997.  Passed 11-25-97.)
   (b)    The Director of Public Safety shall impose on alarm users an administrative fee, based on costs of administration and police response to false alarms during a one year period, as follows:
      (1)   For the first through fifth false alarms, no fees charged but a warning letter is to be sent after the third alarm;
      (2)   For the sixth through tenth alarms, the fees will be fifty dollars ($50.00) each;
      (3)   For the eleventh through fifteenth alarms, the fees will be one hundred dollars ($100.00) each;
      (4)   For the sixteenth alarm and beyond, the fees will be three hundred dollars ($300.00) each. 
(Ord. 35-2001.  Passed 5-22-01.)
         
   (c)    The fees imposed shall be based on the number of false alarms sent by one alarm system within any calendar year.
   (d)    No fee shall be imposed until thirty days after written notification has been sent to the alarm user, at the address of the alarm site, that a false alarm has been recorded against the alarm system. (Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.)
   (e)   The administrative fee shall be deemed a debt to the City and action may be commenced in the name of the City in any court of competent jurisdiction for the amount of any delinquency.  All fees shall be deemed delinquent thirty days after they are due and payable.
(Ord. 77-1997.  Passed 11-25-97.)
701.05  EXCESSIVE FALSE ALARMS.  (REPEALED)
   (EDITOR’S NOTE:  Former Section 701.05 was repealed by Ordinance 76-1997, passed November 25, 1997.)
701.06  APPEALS.
   Any alarm user may appeal determination by the Director of Public Safety that an alarm activation is a false alarm within thirty days after notification is sent by the City that a false alarm has been recorded against the alarm system. Appeal procedures shall be set forth in rules and regulations established by the Department of Public Safety.
(Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.)
701.07  RULES AND REGULATIONS.
   The Director of Public Safety shall establish rules and regulations for the maintenance of information, notification of violations, impositions of fees and appeals of decisions made as he deems necessary for implementation of this chapter. All alarm users and alarm businesses shall be subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Director. The rules and regulations and amendments thereto shall be available to the public during normal working hours.
(Ord. 21-1992. Passed 8-11-92.)
701.08 ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS.  (REPEALED)
   (EDITOR’S NOTE:  Former Section 701.08 was repealed by Ordinance 76-1997, passed November 25, 1997.)