Chapter 9.40


9.40.010    Definitions.

9.40.020    Audible alarm requirements.

9.40.030    Direct-dial telephone device.

9.40.040    False alarm.

9.40.050    Report and repair.

9.40.060    Public nuisance alarm.

9.40.070    Exemptions.

9.40.080    Violations.

9.40.090    Appeal process.

9.40.100    Fees.

9.40.110    Compliance required.

9.40.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the words hereinafter defined are used as so defined unless it is apparent from the context that a different meaning is intended:

(A) “Alarm owner” means the person who owns, leases, rents, uses or makes available for use by his agents, employees, representatives or family, any alarm system.

(B) “Alarm system” means any device, whether known as a burglary, robbery or intrusion alarm, direct-dial telephone device, audible or silent alarm, or by any other name, which is used for the detection of any unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility, or to signal the commission of an unlawful act. It includes those devices which emit a signal within the protected premises only, are supervised by the proprietor of the premises where located, and are otherwise known as “proprietary alarm systems.” Auxiliary devices installed by a telephone company to protect telephone company systems which might be damaged or disrupted by the use of an alarm system are not included in this definition.

(C) “Audible alarm” means a device designed to notify persons in the immediate vicinity of the protected premises, by emission of an audible sound, of an unauthorized entry on the premises or of the commission of an unlawful act.

(D) “Direct dial service” means a device which is connected to a telephone line, which upon activation of an alarm system automatically dials a predetermined telephone number and transmits a message or signal indicating a need for emergency response.

(E) “False alarm” means an alarm signal activated by causes other than the commission or attempted commission of an unlawful act which the alarm system is designed to detect and/or report; and which results in a requested and/or actual response by the Sheriff. False alarms include, but are not limited to, the activation of an alarm system because of mechanical failure, preventable accident, improper operation, misuse, malfunction, improper negligence or carelessness of the alarm user. An alarm signal activated by violent conditions of nature other than extraordinary circumstances not subject to the control of the alarm owner shall not constitute a false alarm. (Ord. 1196 § 1, 2002; Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.020 Audible alarm requirements.

The alarm owner of every audible alarm within the City shall post in a conspicuous place near the front entrance of the protected premises the names and telephone numbers of persons to be notified during any hour of the day or night during which the audible alarm is operated. An audible alarm shall terminate its operation or the audible alarm shall automatically reset within 30 minutes of its being activated. (Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.030 Direct-dial telephone device.

The use of an alarm system which is equipped with a direct-dial device and which, when activated, automatically dials any telephone number in any office of the Sheriff, is prohibited. (Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.040 False alarm.

The knowing commission of a false alarm is prohibited. This section does not prohibit any test of an alarm system as permitted in advance by the Sheriff. (Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.050 Report and repair.

After any false alarm, the alarm owner shall, upon request by the Sheriff, submit a written report to the Sheriff describing actions taken or to be taken to eliminate the cause of the false alarm. This shall be submitted within 10 days of the date of request by the Sheriff. (Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.060 Public nuisance alarm.

An alarm system that generates more than three false alarms in any 12-month period, beginning January 1st, is declared to be a public nuisance and operation of the alarm system is prohibited. (Ord. 1196 § 2, 2002; Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.070 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to audible alarms affixed to motor vehicles or to a public telephone utility whose only duty is to furnish telephone service pursuant to tariffs on file with the California Public Utilities Commission. (Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.080 Violations.

(A) Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter other than PMC 9.40.040 is guilty of an infraction, which is punishable as provided in PMC 1.12.010(B).

(B) Violation of PMC 9.40.040 is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(C) Notwithstanding subsection (A) of this section, upon the first violation of PMC 9.40.060 in a calendar year beginning January 1st, the Sheriff shall serve a written notice (in triplicate) to the alarm owner, to the City, and to the Sheriff’s Department indicating the property location, date of false alarm, and other information necessary to track false alarms. The City will retain copies and track all subsequent false alarms for that alarm user. The notice will describe the violation and specify that the causes of the violation shall be corrected within 10 days of the date of service of the written notice. (Ord. 1196 § 3, 2002; Ord. 804 § 1, 1989)

9.40.090 Appeal process.

Any person receiving monetary charges for false alarm responses may appeal. A written appeal must be submitted to the City Manager or his designee. Decisions of the City Manager or his designee are final. (Ord. 1196 § 4, 2002)

9.40.100 Fees.

A service charge in an amount established by the City Council by resolution shall be levied for each Sheriff response to an alarm determined to be false, after the first three false alarms. The City’s Code Enforcement Department shall invoice and collect these service charges in the same manner as other debts owed to the City. (Ord. 1196 § 5, 2002)

9.40.110 Compliance required.

Any alarm installed prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall comply with all provisions of the ordinance codified in this chapter. (Ord. 1196 § 6, 2002)