City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 3-15-1 Declaration of purpose.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the installation and use of electronic fire, intrusion and holdup alarms. A primary goal to reduce preventable or avoidable false alarms relayed to the police and fire departments is needed to insure efficient use of the city resources and effective response to requests for emergency aid. It is further intended that persons who cause unnecessary false alarms should bear costs of emergency services response. This chapter is further intended to encourage the installation and maintenance of reliable alarm systems which are an effective means of early detection of criminal activity or possible property loss thereby increasing the present level of protection to persons and property and to provide emergency services with specific information before the alarm to provide a more safe and effective response to such alarm.

§ 3-15-2 Definitions.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
In this chapter:
ALARM BUSINESS
Means any person engaged in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, selling or servicing alarm systems with the object of gain, benefit or advantage, either direct or indirect.
ALARM SUBSCRIBER
Means any person who has an alarm system installed or maintained on his or her premises, including but not limited to any person who buys, leases or otherwise obtains an alarm system and contracts or hires an alarm business to monitor, maintain or service the alarm system.
ALARM SYSTEM
Means an assembly of equipment or devices which receives electrical energy and is arranged to signal a hazard or intruder requiring urgent attention and to which the police department or fire department is expected to respond, including but not limited to automatic holdup alarm systems, burglar alarm systems, manual holdup alarm systems, fire alarms, humidity alarms, temperature alarms and pressure alarms.
ANNUNCIATOR
Means the instrumentation of an alarm console at the receiving terminal of a signal line through which both visual or audible signals may show when an alarm device at a location has been activated, malfunctions or otherwise indicates line activity.
ANSWERING SERVICE
Means a telephone or direct line answering service which receives emergency signals on a continuous basis from alarm systems and immediately relays the message by like voice to the appropriate emergency service.
AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
Means an alarm system which automatically sends a signal over the telephone lines indicating an emergency situation to which emergency police department or fire department services are expected to respond.
AUTOMATIC HOLDUP ALARM SYSTEM
Means an alarm system in which the signal transmission is initiated by the alarm system upon detection of certain actions or movements of a person robbing or attempting to rob the premises.
BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM
Means an alarm system which signals the entry into the area protected by the system.
CALENDAR YEAR
Means January 1 through December 31 inclusive.
CENTRAL STATION
Means an office to which remote alarm and supervisory signaling devices are connected, where operators supervise the circuits.
FALSE ALARM
Means activation of an alarm system by mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, negligence of the owner or lessee of the alarm system, or by an undetermined cause. A false alarm includes the testing of the alarm system without prior notice to the police department and fire department of the testing. A false alarm does not include activation of the alarm system by tornado or severe weather storm.
FIRE ALARM
Means an alarm system designed to signal fire or smoke in the protected area which transmits an emergency signal to the fire department or police department for response.
HUMIDITY ALARM
Means an alarm system which activates the emergency signal due to a change in humidity in the protected area.
INTERCONNECT
Means to connect an alarm system to a voice grade telephone line, either directly or through a mechanical device that uses a standard telephone and telephone line to transmit an emergency message upon activation of the alarm system.
MANUAL HOLDUP ALARM SYSTEM
Means an alarm system in which the signal transmission is initiated by the direct action of the alarm user indicating a crime is in progress.
PERSON
Means any natural person, partnership, association and body politic and corporate.
PRESSURE ALARM
Means an alarm system in which the emergency signal is activated due to a change or drop in pressure, such as the drop in water pressure in a sprinkler system when activated.
PRIMARY TRUNK LINE
Means a telephone line leading directly into the emergency services dispatch center for handling emergency calls on a person-to-person basis and which is identified as such by a specific number included among the emergency numbers listed in the telephone directory or numbers in sequence therewith.
PROPRIETY ALARM SYSTEM
Means an alarm system which signals to persons on the premises rather than to the police department, fire department or other outside emergency services.
SUPERVISORY ALARM
Means an alarm which notifies the police department or fire department of a mechanical problem on the premises and which requires action from the police department or fire department in addition to contacting a responsible person from a list of persons provided by the alarm subscriber.
TEMPERATURE ALARM
Means an alarm system designed to send an emergency signal activated by a change in temperature.

§ 3-15-3 Unregulated alarms.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
This chapter shall not apply to the use of propriety alarm systems.
(B) 
This chapter shall not apply to the use of motor vehicle alarms unless connected to another alarm system other than a propriety alarm system.

§ 3-15-4 Approved alarms.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
A central alarm which is received at a central station or answering service which then relates a message by direct live voice contact to the appropriate emergency service may be connected upon approval of an application and issuance of a permit.

§ 3-15-5 Prohibited alarms.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
No person shall interconnect any direct dialing alarm or automatic dialing device to a police department or fire department primary trunk line.
(B) 
Residential property alarms shall not interconnect to the police department or fire department panel.

§ 3-15-6 Testing.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
No alarm business or alarm system designed to transmit emergency messages to the police department or fire department shall be tested or demonstrated without prior notification and approval of the police dispatcher. The fire department and police department may advise alarm users or subscribers on proper test procedure.
(B) 
No alarm system relayed through intermediate services to the police or fire departments may be tested or demonstrated without prior notification and approval of the police chief or fire chief as appropriate. The police department or fire department may inspect or test on-site alarm systems authorized under this chapter.
(C) 
Alarm systems shall be in compliance with all written response policies of the police department and fire department.

§ 3-15-7 Notification.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
When the service provided by an alarm business to its subscribers is disrupted for any reason, the alarm business shall immediately notify each of its subscribers by telephone that protection is no longer being provided unless otherwise previously instructed in writing by a subscriber.

§ 3-15-8 Permits, fees, application.

Notes
Click hyperlink for Electronic Alarm permit application
Created: 2017-04-21
http://cityofmonroe.org/DocumentCenter/View/2321
[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
A permit is required before any person installs or maintains, or permits to be installed or maintained, any regulated alarm device as defined in this chapter on any property in the city.
(B) 
The city clerk shall be the permit issuing authority and may grant a permit to any applicant complying with the provisions of this chapter.
(C) 
An application for a permit shall be approved by the fire chief, police chief or both as may be appropriate under the circumstances. The fire chief or police chief or both shall make their recommendation to the city clerk which shall serve as the basis for approval or denial of the application for the permit.
(D) 
Failure to obtain a permit before the installation of an alarm system shall be a violation of this chapter and subjects the violator to the forfeiture provisions of this chapter.
(E) 
Alarm permits shall be presented on demand to any police officer, fire chief or assistant fire chief or fire inspector.
(F) 
A person who obtains a permit to install or maintain an alarm device or system at a specified location and desires to move the devices to protect a different location or changes the type of system, shall notify the fire chief and police chief before relocating the system or installing new equipment at an existing location. A new permit is not required for the relocation or installation of new equipment at an existing location so long as the fire chief and police chief have been notified before the relocation of existing equipment or installation of new equipment on an existing site.
(G) 
Any person who installs or maintains multiple alarm systems to protect multiple locations shall obtain a permit for each address. A separate permit is not required for multiple alarm systems at one location even if the multiple alarms protect multiple areas at that single address.
(H) 
A permit fee set by resolution of the council shall be paid by the applicant before the issuance of a permit by the city clerk.
(I) 
The alarm user permit application shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name, address, phone number and date of birth of the applicant.
(2) 
Location of the alarm in the building or area protected where the alarm is to be installed.
(3) 
The exact location where the alarm is to be installed. In the event of alarms located outside the city limits, this would include the fire number and the distance and direction from the nearest intersecting roadway.
(4) 
A description of the use of the protected property.
(5) 
The type of alarm or alarms to be installed.
(6) 
The name, address and phone numbers of two persons in addition to the user who can be reached in a reasonable amount of time and who are authorized by the alarm user to respond upon request of emergency services.
(7) 
The approximate date when the alarm device will be installed and operational, and who will install and service the alarm.
(8) 
The name, mailing address, telephone number and a description of the type of service provided by an answering service or alarm business, if any, who will monitor the alarm and relay emergency messages to the police department or fire department.
(J) 
The alarm user or subscriber shall notify the police department or fire department in writing of any change in any of the information required under subsection (J) of this section within five days of such change.

§ 3-15-9 Confidentiality and permit distribution.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
All information provided on the permit application shall remain confidential and shall be used solely by emergency services personnel, and only in the performance of their duties.
(B) 
Permits shall be issued by the city clerk upon payment of fees and approval of the permit application of the fire chief or police or both as necessary.
(C) 
No person shall release information contained on the permit application without the prior written consent of the fire chief or police chief and the permit holder.

§ 3-15-10 Responsibility and liability.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
For each alarm activation, the permit holder or his or her agent shall respond to the scene of the alarm when requested by emergency services personnel. Such response shall be prompt to reduce the time emergency personnel are kept from other duties.
(B) 
Alarms shall be maintained by permit holders so as not to cause false alarms.
(C) 
All other parts of each system are to be maintained by the alarm user, and any malfunction of those parts causing a false alarm will be included as a false alarm for the purposes of assessment or revocation.

§ 3-15-11 Fees for answering alarms.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Each false alarm requires response of public safety personnel, involves unnecessary expense to the city, increases the risk of injury to persons or damage to property and dilutes the overall public safety protection to the city. Such false alarms constitute a nuisance and must be abated.
(B) 
No person shall intentionally cause the activation of a burglar or fire alarm knowing that no criminal activity, fire or other emergency exists on or near the premises.
(C) 
Any person owning or maintaining an alarm at one or more addresses shall pay a fee for false alarms to which the police department or fire department respond pursuant to a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the council. A separate account at each address shall be kept for false alarms on criminal activity and false alarms for fires or other emergencies.
(D) 
On default of fee payment for false alarms, the amount due may be placed on the tax roll as a special charge under section 66.0627 of the Wisconsin statutes. The fees imposed by this section are in addition to any penalties or revocation proceedings which may be imposed under the Wisconsin statutes or this code.

§ 3-15-12 Revocation of permits.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
(A) 
A permit issued pursuant to this chapter may be revoked upon hearing by the public safety committee of the city. Notice setting forth the time, place and nature of the hearing shall be sent by mail or delivered to the permittee at the address shown on the permit application not less than seven days before the hearing.
(B) 
A permit may be revoked for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
The application for a permit contains false statement of a material fact;
(2) 
A licensee has repeatedly failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter;
(3) 
An alarm system repeatedly actuates false alarms; or
(4) 
The actions of the permit holder constitute a hazard to public safety personnel or the public.
(C) 
A permit holder may appeal the decision of the public safety committee by filing a written notice of appeal with the city clerk within 10 days after the public safety committee decision. Such appeal shall be heard by the council within 30 days after the filing of the appeal. An appeal timely taken suspends the revocation until the council gives its decision. The city clerk shall give written notice of the time and place of the hearing to the appellant by certified mail or personal delivery not less than seven days before the hearing.
(D) 
Permit holders shall be notified in writing of any revocation and the effective date of the revocation. If the permit holder subscribes through an answering service or monitoring service, the service shall also be notified in writing by the city of the revocation of the permit.
(E) 
An alarm shall not be disconnected until the alarm user or subscriber has been served with written notice of his or her permit revocation. The costs for the alarm disconnection shall be paid by the alarm user or subscriber.
(F) 
Any alarm permit which has been revoked may be reinstated upon a satisfactory showing that the cause of the revocation has been eliminated and upon completion of a permit application and payment of the permit fee.
(G) 
Any provision of this chapter for revocation of an alarm user's permit that would conflict with the federal bank protection act of 1968 and any subsequent amendment shall not apply to those permit holders.

§ 3-15-13 Penalty.

[3-1-1994; 2016 Code]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall upon conviction be subject to a Class 3 forfeiture.