Chapter 8.80
REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF ALARM SYSTEMS

Sections:

8.80.010    Purpose.

8.80.020    Definitions.

8.80.030    Registration of alarm systems.

8.80.040    Public nuisance declared.

8.80.050    Required corrective action for false alarms.

8.80.060    Penalties.

8.80.070    State statutes.

8.80.080    Severability.

8.80.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the maintenance, installation and operation of alarms in Jefferson County to improve their effectiveness and reduce the number of false alarms. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.020 Definitions.

(1) “Alarm” means a signal, transmission or other communication advising the sheriff of an emergency to have Jefferson County dispatch emergency services.

(2) “Automatic alarm” means a device of whatever nature capable of automatically, without human action, requesting (implied or directly) Jefferson County dispatch emergency services.

(3) “Emergency” means a situation where there is a need, or reasonable cause to believe there is a need, for emergency services. “Emergency” shall include, but is not limited to, burglaries, robberies and fires.

(4) “Emergency services” means services provided by Jefferson County or other agencies in response to an immediate need for service to address public health and safety concerns. “Emergency services” includes law enforcement services, fire services, and medical services to address out-of-hospital acute medical care, transport to definitive care, and other medical transport to patients with illnesses and injuries that prevent the patient from transporting themselves.

(5) “False alarm” means a signal, transmission or other communication to the sheriff, whether intentionally made or not, to which it can reasonably be expected that the sheriff will dispatch emergency services when, in fact, there is no need for emergency services nor is there reasonable belief for need of emergency services.

(6) “Faulty alarm system” means an alarm that automatically summons emergency services when no emergency exists more than once in any six-month period. The summoning of emergency services may be by automatic telephone call directly to a police agency or dispatch center, or security company that in turn contacts a police agency or dispatch center, or it may be by creation of loud sounds or noises that cause others to telephone police agencies.

(7) “Person” means any natural person, firm, partnership, joint stock company, unincorporated association, society, or corporation of any character.

(8) “Registrant” means the person who holds a permit issued pursuant to this chapter.

(9) “Security company” means any individual, corporation, partnership, firm, or other legal entity that designs, installs, maintains electronic alarms, or operates a private communication center for receiving and transmitting emergency calls from alarms.

(10) “Semi-automatic alarm” means a device of whatever nature capable of requesting (impliedly or directly) Jefferson County to dispatch emergency services; such a device may require human activation but shall not include telephone communication where a nonrecorded, human voice requests emergency services.

(11) “Sheriff” means the elected sheriff of Jefferson County or designee. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.030 Registration of alarm systems.

The sheriff shall maintain a central registrar of all persons maintaining an alarm within the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County.

(1) Registration Required. It shall be unlawful for any person within the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County to have or maintain on their premises an alarm, whether an automatic alarm or a semi-automatic alarm, unless the alarm is registered with the sheriff and the registration fees required by this chapter are paid.

(2) Registration Application. An application for registration of alarms shall be made to the sheriff on forms provided by the sheriff and shall include: (a) name of the registrant; (b) address and telephone number of the registrant; (c) location of the alarm system on the premises of the registrant; (d) type of alarm (fire or burglary) being registered; and (e) such other information as the sheriff deems advisable for the protection of public safety.

(3) Registration Fee. The fee for registration of an alarm shall be $20.00 and shall be made payable to the Jefferson County auditor by certified check, cash or money order. An additional fee of $20.00 shall be charged every 24 months for an alarm after the original initial registration. No registration fee may be charged for changes or amendments in registration information. No registration fee shall be charged to any entity of the state, county or municipal government. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.040 Public nuisance declared.

The ownership or operation of a faulty alarm system in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County is a public nuisance. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.050 Required corrective action for false alarms.

(1) A registrant is required to submit a written report to the sheriff setting forth the cause of each false alarm, whether such alarm has been inspected by a security company, the corrective measures taken and such other information as the sheriff may reasonably require to determine the cause of such false alarm.

(2) The sheriff may require necessary corrective action to prevent false alarms.

(3) After four or more false alarms from one alarm within a six-month period, the sheriff may declare that no further service will be provided to that alarm for six months thereafter. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.060 Penalties.

Violation of this chapter shall constitute a civil infraction. Penalties shall be imposed according to the following schedule:

(1) The first false alarm response to an alarm registered pursuant to this chapter shall not be subject to penalty.

(2) The first false alarm response to an alarm not registered pursuant to this chapter shall incur a charge of $50.00.

(3) The second response to a false alarm at a faulty alarm system shall incur a charge of $100.00.

(4) Each false alarm response after the second response to a faulty alarm system shall incur a charge of $200.00, if the false alarm is the result of failure to take necessary corrective action proscribed by the sheriff.

(5) Four or more false alarms from one faulty alarm system within a six-month period shall make the faulty alarm system subject to abatement by removal or permanent deactivation.

(6) The nonpayment of penalties issued pursuant to this chapter shall make the system subject to abatement by removal or permanent deactivation. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.070 State statutes.

Nothing in this chapter shall limit the sheriff’s or Jefferson County’s ability to enforce state criminal or civil nuisance statutes with respect to faulty alarm systems. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]

8.80.080 Severability.

If any portion of this chapter is held invalid to any person or circumstance, the remainder of this chapter and its application to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected. [Ord. 4-17 (App. A)]