PART SEVEN - BUSINESS REGULATION CODE
Chap. 705.     Police and Fire Emergency Alarms.
Chap. 713.     Discontinuing Business Sales.
Chap. 717.     Family, Group and Rest Homes.
Chap. 719.     Home Sales.
Chap. 721.     Registration of Contractors.
Chap. 725.     Mechanical Amusement Devices. (Repealed)
Chap. 726   Amusement Arcades.
Chap. 733.     Peddlers and Solicitors.
Chap. 737.     Secondhand Dealers.
Chap. 739.     Haulers.
Chap. 749.     Nontherapeutic Massage Establishments.
Chap. 759.     Sexually Oriented Businesses.
Chap. 760.     Licensing and Operation of Sexually Oriented Businesses.
Chap.  765.  Video Service Providers.
Chap.  766.  Medical Marijuana Cultivation, Processing and Retail Dispensing.
CHAPTER 705
Police and Fire Emergency Alarms
705.01   Purpose.
705.02   Definitions.
705.03   Alarm user responsibility.
705.04   Specific alarm provisions.
705.05   Exemptions.
705.06   Interpretations.
705.99   Penalty.
 
CROSS REFERENCES
Fire alarms - see GEN. OFF. 509.07
705.01  PURPOSE.
   (a)   The purpose of this chapter is to protect the police and fire emergency services of this City from misuse. 
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)
705.02  DEFINITIONS.
   (a)   “Alarm business” means the business by any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing or monitoring any alarm system or causing to be sold, leased, maintained, serviced, repaired, altered, replaced, moved or installed or monitored any alarm system in or on any building, structure or facility.
   (b)   “Alarm system” means any assembly or equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of an illegal entry or other activity requiring urgent attention and to which police or fire emergency personnel are expected to respond.
   (c)   “Alarm user” means a person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind in control of any building, structure or facility where an alarm system is maintained.
   (d)   “False alarm” means the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of his employees or agents.  Such terminology does not include, for example, alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other similar violent conditions.
   (e)   “Local alarms” means those alarms which activate an audible signal within the proximity of the premises only.
   (f)   “Alarm Administrator” means the employee of the Police or Fire Department of the City whose responsibility is to coordinate the administration and documentation of alarm systems performance as it relates to the effective enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)
705.03  ALARM USER RESPONSIBILITY.
   (a)   No person shall allow more than four false alarms to be transmitted during a six month period.  An alarm shall be classified as false if the responding police or fire personnel see no evidence of fire, smoke, robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion or medical emergency.
   (b)   Following four false alarms within a six month period, the person owning or leasing such system shall, for each false alarm thereafter, pay a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
   (c)   No person shall knowingly allow his alarm system to be used by any person to create a false alarm as defined in this chapter.  Violation of this shall be a misdemeanor of the first degree.
   (d)   If any of the charges for false police or fire alarms imposed herein are not paid upon receipt of the invoice for same, or within thirty days thereafter, such charges shall be referred to the City Law Director for appropriate legal action.
   (e)   Any person affected thereby may appeal the classification of an alarm as a false alarm herein to the City Alarm Administrator.
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)
705.04  SPECIFIC ALARM PROVISIONS.
   (a)   Visual and/or audible signals may be activated by the alarm system.  Local alarms shall not resemble the sound of any emergency signal, civil defense alarm or siren.  All local alarms shall have the capacity to reset themselves after ten minutes.  Fire alarms are not to be re-set prior to Fire Department arrival or approval.
   (b)   Provisions outlined in subsection (a) hereof, are in addition to those provisions of this chapter which are applicable to all alarm users, alarm businesses and alarm systems.
   (c)   Every alarm business selling, leasing or furnishing to any user an alarm system which is installed on premises located in the City shall furnish the user with instructions that provide information to enable the user to operate the alarm system properly and to obtain service for the alarm system at any time, and user’s responsibilities in accordance with this chapter. 
(Ord. 78-2011.  passed 9-8-11.)
705.05  EXEMPTIONS.
   The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any alarm system installed on property occupied by any City, County, School Board, Board of Mental Retardation, State or Federal Government agency or office, unless there is a documented pattern of misuse/abuse of said alarm.
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)
705.06  INTERPRETATIONS.
   This chapter shall be liberally construed to effect the purpose of the sections included herein and to achieve uniform interpretation and application of the respective sections.
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)
705.99  PENALTY.
   (a)   Enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter may be by civil action or criminal prosecution.
   (b)   Failure or omission to comply with any section or provision of this chapter shall be deemed a violation.
   (c)   Whoever violates a section or provision within this chapter shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) unless otherwise specified.
(Ord. 78-2011.  Passed 9-8-11.)