Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 4-4-1990 as Ord. No. 1990-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 15.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 76.

§ 35-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BURGLAR/FIRE ALARM EQUIPMENT
Any and all equipment which is intended to detect unlawful entry onto any premises or a fire on any premises and which activates an audible signal or summons outside assistance situated in the Township of Florence.

§ 35-2 Compliance required.

No person, firm, corporation, partnership or other business entity shall hereafter operate or be permitted to install or replace a burglar/ fire alarm system without first having complied with the terms and conditions of this chapter. All alarm systems must include an automatic shutoff device that deactivates the alarm signal after fifteen (15) minutes.

§ 35-3 Application.

Each applicant for the operation, installation or replacement of a burglar/fire alarm system shall complete an application which shall contain the following information:
A. 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
B. 
The name, address and telephone number of the owner of the premises in which the burglar/fire alarm system is to be installed.
C. 
The names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons acquainted with the burglar/fire alarm who can be contacted in the event of an emergency.
D. 
The make, model and manufacturer of the burglar/fire alarm system.
E. 
The name, address and telephone number of the installer and maintenance contractor of the burglar/fire alarm system.
F. 
Such other information as may be required by the Chief of Police, in his discretion, or the Fire Official in order to enable them to effectively monitor the burglar/fire alarm system.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 35-4 Fees.

There shall be charged a fee of ten dollars ($10.) upon the filing of an application, which fee shall be utilized to defer the cost of maintaining the Florence Township records regarding burglar/fire alarm systems. The fee is waived for the first ninety (90) days after final approval for alarms presently in service. After the ninety (90) days expire, everyone will be charged the fee.

§ 35-5 False alarms; violations and penalties.

A. 
In order to minimize false alarms and the unproductive time that results therefrom to the Florence Township Police Department personnel and the personnel of the Fire Departments located in the Township of Florence, there shall be a penalty charged the owner of the premises in which the burglar/fire alarm system is located beginning with the fifth false alarm and each subsequent one thereafter in any calendar year, which penalty is payable to the Township Clerk as follows:
(1) 
Fifth offense: twenty-five dollars ($25.).
(2) 
Sixth offense: fifty dollars ($50.).
(3) 
Seventh and subsequent offenses: one hundred dollars ($100.).
B. 
All other violations of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.) or a term of imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days or a period of community service not exceeding ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 35-6 Exemptions.

All governmental buildings, including fire stations and all buildings rented by governmental agencies, are exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

§ 35-7 Installation and maintenance.

The applicant shall be solely responsible for the proper installation and maintenance of its burglar/fire alarm system, including all lines and wiring thereto, and the Township of Florence shall not be responsible for any failure or breakdown of the burglar/fire alarm system or malfunction thereof.