City of Santa Rosa Alarm Ordinance

City of Santa Rosa Alarm Ordinance
ALARM ORDINANCE SUMMARY
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Alarm Ordinance
The following is a summary of the major points of the Alarm Ordinance, #2345.
1. All alarm systems shall be installed in accordance with all applicable standards and
requirements of the building code and applicable established standards as required by the
City of Santa Rosa.
2. All audible alarm systems, when activated, shall automatically cease transmitting within 20
minutes.
3. Upon request of the police department, a user or designated representative shall respond
within one hour.
4. It is unlawful to use any taped or otherwise recorded message to report a police or fire
emergency to the City of Santa Rosa Communications Center.
5. It is a misdemeanor for any person to install, possess, operate, use, service, or maintain any
alarm system without a valid permit. In addition, permits are non-transferable.
6. Permits may be denied on the following grounds:
The alarm system is deficient.
The applicant or applicant's agent has knowingly made any false, misleading
fraudulent statements of material fact.
Applicant has had a similar type permit previously revoked.
Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
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Permits issued pursuant to this division shall be renewed annually.
Any change in ownership in a business shall require a new permit.
Permits shall be posted on the premises in a conspicuous location.
The permittee shall be responsible for any service, test, repair, maintenance, adjustment, or installation, which might actuate a false alarm on a particular alarm system.
11. Newly installed alarms shall be granted a 15-day grace period in which to rectify system
problems.
12. Grounds for revocation are:
Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
Excessive false alarms as defined by established regulations.
Any false, misleading, or fraudulent statement of material fact.
Failure of the permittee or representative to respond within one hour when requested
by the police department.
13. If a permit is revoked, the permittee has ten days following such notice to offer evidence to
the Chief of Police why it should not be revoked.
14. Any person whose application for a permit is denied, or whose permit is revoked, may
appeal to City Council within 15 days from the date of the mailing of the notice.
Rules and Regulations
Ten or more false alarms in any 12-month period are an excessive number, a public nuisance, and
shall be grounds for the revocation of the permit.
The extra charge fee for each and every false alarm in excess of four received by the City in any
12-month period shall be:
2nd alarm = $125; 3rd alarm = $150; 4th alarm = $175; 5th alarm = $200; 6th alarm = $225; 7th
alarm = $250; 8th alarm = $275; 9th and subsequent alarms = $300; 10th and subsequent alarms
will have an additional $1,000 penalty.
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