Town of Riverhead, NY
Suffolk County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead 11-7-2001 by L.L. No. 15-2001 (Ch. 45 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 231.
Noise — See Ch. 251, Art. I.

§ 203-1 Purpose.

[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and controls for the various types of fire, intrusion, holdup and other emergency signals from fire and police alarm services that require Fire Department or police responses, investigation or safeguarding of property at the location of an event reported by a signal which is transmitted by telephone or radio to the Police or Fire Department from a central station as hereinafter defined.

§ 203-2 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any fire or police alarm device, or aggregation of fire or police alarm devices, installed on or within a building or buildings or area adjacently located on a common site at a specific location.
CENTRAL ALARM STATION
Any facility operated by a private firm that owns or leases a system of fire or police alarm devices, which facility is manned by operators who receive, record or validate alarm signals and relay information about such validated signals to the appropriate Police or Fire Departments.
DIAL ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device that is a telephone device, a telephone attachment or other electronic device, which automatically selects a telephone or transmission line connected to a central alarm station or Police Department and reproduces a prerecorded message to report a criminal act or other emergency requiring the Police or Fire Department.
DIRECT ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device connected directly by leased telephone wires from a specific location to the Police or Fire Department.
EMERGENCY ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device designed to be activated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency at a specific location or by a victim of a holdup, robbery or other emergency or criminal act at a specific location.
FALSE EMERGENCY ALARM
Any signal activated by an emergency alarm to which the Fire or Police Department responds which is not the result of a fire, flame, smoke, combustible event, holdup, robbery or other crime or emergency.
[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Buildings owned and personnel employed by the fire districts of Riverhead, Manorville, Jamesport and Wading River and their respective protection areas.
[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
FIRE OR POLICE ALARM DEVICE
Any device which, when activated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency requiring Police or Fire Department response, transmits a prerecorded message or other signal by telephone, radio or other means to a central alarm station or directly to the Police or Fire Department or produces an audible or visible signal designed to notify persons within audible or visible alarm range of the signal.
INTRUSION
Any entry into an area or building equipped with one or more fire and police alarm devices by any person or object whose entry actuates a fire or police alarm device.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Personnel employed by the Riverhead Police Department and enclosures housing privately or publicly owned equipment serving the police.

§ 203-3 Permit required.

[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011; 4-20-2011 by L.L. No. 13-2011]
A. 
All commercial, industrial, cooperative (commercial and residential), condominium (commercial and residential) and apartment property owner(s) or lessee(s) of property in the Town of Riverhead having on his/her/its premises a fire or police alarm device, or system of fire or police alarm devices, shall apply to the Town Police Department for a permit to own or otherwise operate such device on his/her/its premises. The applicant for a permit shall provide specifications relating to the device or system of devices installed or to be installed on the premises. No such device shall be operated or installed on the premises of the owner or lessee after the effective date of this chapter without first obtaining a permit under this chapter. No such device shall be modified after the effective date of this chapter without first having obtained an amended permit under this chapter. Such permit shall be valid for a period of one year from issuance and must be renewed upon expiration.
B. 
Property owners or lessees shall have 90 days from the effective date of this chapter to obtain a permit.

§ 203-4 Permit fees.

Owner or lessee permit fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Initial permit: $25.
B. 
Amended permit: $10.
C. 
Renewal permit: $10.

§ 203-5 Intentional false alarms.

[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
It shall be a violation of this chapter to intentionally cause a false emergency alarm, and any person who does cause an intentional false emergency alarm shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.

§ 203-6 Charges for false alarms.

[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
A. 
All commercial, industrial, cooperative (commercial and residential), condominium (commercial and residential) and apartment owner(s) or lessee(s) of property having a fire or police alarm device or system of fire or police alarm devices on his/her/its premises on the effective date of this chapter shall pay to the Town a charge for each and every false emergency alarm to which the Fire or Police Department responds, in each calendar year, as follows:
(1) 
First and second false emergency alarm each calendar year: no charge.
(2) 
Third false emergency alarm each calendar year: $100 per occurrence.
(3) 
Fourth false emergency alarm each calendar year: $200 per occurrence.
(4) 
Fifth and each subsequent false emergency alarm each calendar year: $300 charge per occurrence.
B. 
The Police Department shall maintain a record of all false emergency alarms. The Police Department shall then send an invoice by certified mail, return receipt requested for applicable false emergency alarm charges to the alarm permit holder of record. Upon receipt of said invoice, the alarm permit holder shall remit a payment to the Police Department for the charges due within 30 days. Any property owner or lessee of property that incurs a charge for a false emergency alarm may appeal such determination to the Town Board within 30 days of service of the invoice for such charge(s) by filing a written request with the Police Department setting forth the basis for the appeal. A hearing shall be held by the Town Board or its designee.
C. 
Hearing. In the event the property owner or lessee timely challenges such determination, the Town Board, or its designee, shall conduct a hearing on the merits of the determination.
D. 
Hearing determination. In the event the Town Board, or its designee, sustains the determination based upon substantial evidence, or in the event the property owner or lessee fails to timely appeal the determination, said charge shall be due and must be paid within 30 days of the written notice of the hearing determination.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection E, Charge distribution, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6-2-2015 by L.L. No. 7-2015.

§ 203-7 Duties and responsibilities of owners and lessees.

It shall be the duty of every owner or lessee of property having an alarm installation, device or system on such premises to maintain the alarm installation, device or system in good working order and condition. The owner or lessee shall be responsible for all malfunctions of the alarm installation, device or system.

§ 203-8 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 2-1-2011 by L.L. No. 4-2011]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which does not pay any charge or fee established in this chapter or who or which violates any other provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not in excess of $750 for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed.