Borough of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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§ 501 Title.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
This Part shall be known as the "Emergency Alarm Control Ordinance of Doylestown Borough".

§ 502 Policy.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
The purpose of this Part is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Doylestown by discouraging false alarms reported to the Police Department, fire companies, and similar emergency services; and by controlling and regulating automatic alarm systems and installations thereof.

§ 503 Definitions.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
ALARM BUSINESS — Any business operated by a person, partnership, corporation, or other business entity for profit which engages in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing, monitoring or responding to burglary, holdup, fire, medical emergency, or similar emergency, alarm systems, or which causes these activities to take place.
AUTOMATIC ALARM DEVICE (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS "AADs")
Any electronic or mechanical device which upon receipt or detection of a stimulus or signal characteristic of a fire, intrusion, or other emergency situation, automatically transmits a prerecorded voice or other alarm signal over telephone lines by direct or indirect connection; or which causes a visual or audible signal to be generated which can be detected from outside the premises in which it is installed and which is intended to result in the summoning of an Emergency Service Agency. Indirect connection includes answering services and all other persons monitoring and relaying information to an Emergency Service Agency
EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCY
The Central Bucks Regional Police Department, volunteer fire companies operating within Doylestown Borough, rescue squads, ambulance companies, and any other similar service or agency.
[Amended by Ord. 2013-15, 12/16/2013]
FALSE ALARM
Any signal activated by an AAD, or any other kind of direct or indirect signal given or caused to be given to an Emergency Service Agency to which Emergency Service Agency personnel respond and which is not the result of a burglary, fire, injury, robbery, or similar emergency. For the purpose of this part, any alarm transmitted or activated by an AAD without physical sign of entry, fire, or other emergency shall be considered a false alarm.
USER
Any resident, person, corporation, partnership, institution, company, or other entity which has installed an AAD designed or intended to alert an Emergency Service Agency and to elicit their response.

§ 504 Registration of Alarm Installation; Fees.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
1. 
Within 30 days from the effective date of this Part, every user of an AAD shall register with the Chief of Police of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department on a form provided by the Police Department, any existing or new installation of an AAD. The information to be provided shall include the following:
[Amended by Ord. 2013-15, 12/16/2013]
A. 
The name, residence address, and telephone number of the user.
B. 
The address where the AAD is installed and the telephone number of that address.
C. 
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least two persons who are authorized to gain entry into the protected premises, and who are available to respond within 30 minutes of notification.
D. 
The name, address, and telephone number of the alarm equipment supplier and person responsible for maintenance and repair of the AAD.
2. 
All information furnished pursuant to this section shall be kept confidential and shall be for the exclusive use of the Police Department.
3. 
Each user shall register the operation of an AAD with the Chief of Police. A fee of $5 shall be paid for each such registration or such other fee as Borough Council shall impose from time to time by Resolution.
4. 
Each registrant of an AAD shall be given a notice summarizing the provisions of this Part.

§ 505 Fees for False Alarms.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
1. 
The following schedule for false alarms within a one-year period and fees therefor shall apply; provided, however, that Borough Council may, from time to time, change said fees by Resolution.
Within a One-Year Period
Fee
1
Notice
2
Notice
3
Notice
4
$10
5
$25
6
$50
7
$75
8 or more
$100 for each false alarm
2. 
For the first three false alarms within a one-year period, the Police Department shall send a suitable notice of the false alarm to the user of the AAD generating is causing the false alarm at his mailing address if known, or to the address of the location at which the AAD is located. After the third false alarm in a one-year period, the Police Department shall send a suitable notice to the user advising him of the fee, the amount to be paid to the Borough therefor, the time limitations for payment, the place of payment, and that failure to pay the fee within the prescribed time is a violation of this Part.
3. 
The fee shall be paid by the user within 10 days of notice, to the Borough of Doylestown.
4. 
Failure to pay any fee as described in this section shall be a violation of this part subject to the penalties provided in § 509.

§ 506 New Installations.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Part, a grace period of 30 days shall be permitted for any new installation of an AAD, provided that a permit for such AAD has been obtained as set forth in this Part. During the 30 day grace period, which shall begin on the day that the installation is completed, no false alarms will be considered for purposes of determining fees for false alarms as set forth in § 505.

§ 507 Specifications and Characteristics of AAD's.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
1. 
The sensory mechanism used in connection with any AAD must be designed and adjusted to suppress false indications of intrusion or fire so that the device will not be activated by impulses due to momentary pressure changes in water pipes, normal changes in atmospheric pressure or humidity, flashes of light, normal rattling or vibrating of doors and windows, the vibrations to the premises caused by passing vehicles, or any other occurrence not related to a genuine emergency. All such devices must be maintained by the user in good repair to insure maximum reliability of operation and minimum occurrences of false alarms.
2. 
AADs which use automatic telephone dialing mechanisms shall transmit a message approved by the Chief of Police. Such AADs shall not make more than two telephone calls to an Emergency Service Agency during any one cycle of the alarm function. The message shall be no longer than 15 seconds in duration, and shall not be repeated more than twice.
3. 
AADs which generate an audible alarm which can be heard outside the premises in which the AAD is installed shall be designed to stop generating the audible alarm after 30 minutes of operation. After 90 days of the effective date of this Part all audible alarms not in compliance with this section shall be unlawful and must be disconnected.

§ 508 Operation of Alarm Business.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
1. 
All Alarm Businesses operating within Doylestown Borough shall obtain a permit from the Chief of Police, and pay a fee of $25 for each year in which they operate within the Borough. The permit fee may be changed from time to time by Resolution of Borough Council.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any Alarm Business or its representatives to represent to any customer, user, or sales prospect that Doylestown Borough or the Central Bucks Regional Police Department endorses, recommends or otherwise approves of the Alarm Business's service or equipment. It shall be unlawful to represent that the Borough or the Central Bucks Regional Police Department furnished any information concerning any customer, user or sales prospect to the Alarm Business or its representatives.
[Amended by Ord. No. 2013-15, 12/16/2013]
3. 
It shall be unlawful to conduct a test or demonstration of any AAD without the permission of the Chief of Police or his designate. No permission is required, however, if the alarm or signal will not cause the response of an Emergency Service Agency.

§ 509 Penalties.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987; as amended by Ord. 2013-15, 12/16/2013]
Failure of any person, corporation, partnership, business, institution, or other entity to comply with the provisions of this Part or any section thereof shall constitute an offense punishable by a fine of not more than $300, payable to the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, or 30 days' imprisonment, or both. Failure to pay a false alarm fee within the prescribed time limits shall result in a penalty in addition to the amount of the fee assessed.

§ 510 Severability.

[Ord. 1987-7, 6/15/1987]
It is declared to be the intention of Doylestown Borough that if a Court of competent jurisdiction declares any provision of this part to be invalid or ineffective in whole or in part, the effect of such a decision shall be limited to those provisions which are expressly stated to be invalid or ineffective, and all other provisions of this part shall continue to be separated and fully effective.