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(A) It shall be unlawful for a person, firm, corporation, partnership, or other responsible party as defined herein to operate an alarm system unless it first obtains an annual alarm registration from the Building Department for the city. Alarm system contractors shall be exempt from this provision, but must comply with all requirements in § 553.73, F.S., including any amendments thereto.
(B) An alarm registration for new installation or an existing alarm at a residence or business may be issued upon satisfactory completion of the application required in § 102.05 herein.
(C) In addition to satisfactory completion of the application required in § 102.05 herein, an alarm registration for a new installation may be issued to an applicant only if it is demonstrated that the alarm has been installed by qualified persons in accordance with all applicable codes and only if the equipment is of the type approved by UL (Underwriter's Laboratories), FM (Factory Mutual) standards or other nationally recognized testing agencies. In instances where a fire alarm is required by law, evidence of the availability of 24-hour service by a licensed alarm contractor shall be included with the application.
(D) In addition to satisfactory completion of the application required in § 102.05 herein, an alarm registration for an existing alarm in a non-residential location may be issued to an applicant only if it is demonstrated that the alarm has been inspected and validated by an alarm system contractor.
(E) The initial alarm registration fee shall be $25, except as provided in § 102.05(C) of this chapter. Should an application be made at any time after June 30 of any calendar year, the initial alarm registration fee shall be one-half of the initial alarm registration fee, plus the full late penalty as set forth in § 102.05(C), if applicable. Registrations shall expire on December 31 of each year, and must be renewed annually. No registration shall be issued for more than one year. The renewal fee shall be $15 per calendar year for each successive yearly renewal, plus any late penalties set forth in § 102.05(D), if applicable. Alarm registrations are non-assignable and non-transferrable, and registration fees are non-refundable.
(F) For any alarm system installed and in service within the city, a phone number for 24-hour emergency contact person must be provided.
(Ord. 85-20, passed 1-29-85; Am. Ord. 92-04, passed 10-29-91; Am. Ord. 92-28, passed 2-25-92; Am. Ord. 93-30, passed 3-2-93; Am. Ord. 2005-63, passed 6-28-05; Am. Ord. 2013-85, passed 9-24-13)