Town of Perinton, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Perinton 7-10-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991 (Ch. 78 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 71-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Alarm Code."

§ 71-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMATIC DIALER
A device that automatically dials and relays a prerecorded message to a central station or the Fire Department. An automatic dialer calling directly to an emergency telephone number must automatically disconnect after the message is transmitted a maximum of three times.
AVOIDABLE ALARM
Any alarm signal activation that occurs that is not a validated alarm, but that is within the reasonable control of the owner and/or user of the system. Such alarms may be caused by activation due to mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or use or the negligence of the owner and/or user or any other person associated with the owner and/or user in any capacity.
CENTRAL STATION
An office of a private company to which remote alarm and supervisory signaling devices are transmitted and where personnel are in attendance at all times to supervise the circuits and investigate signals.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
Equipment which automatically actuates a fire alarm when the detecting element is exposed to fire, smoke, abnormal rise or decrease in temperature or activation of a sprinkler system or manually activated device.
LEASE LINE
A phone line to a Fire Department or to a central station that transmits a fire alarm.
LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
One which produces a signal only at the premises protected.
UNAVOIDABLE ALARM
Any alarm signal activation that occurs that is not a validated alarm, but that is beyond the reasonable control of the owner and/or user of the system. Such alarms may be caused by activation due to violent conditions of nature, such as severe storms or earthquakes, nearby fires or sources of smoke not controlled by the user or where the person activating an alarm signal reasonably believed that a condition of fire existed.
VALIDATED ALARM
An alarm signal activation as a direct result of a response to a fire and/or smoke condition.

§ 71-3 Permit required; fees.

A. 
A permit shall be obtained for the installation or operation of any fire alarm system other than a local alarm system or a fire alarm system for one- and two-family dwelling units. Application for such permit shall include the location of the enunciator panel(s), the area of coverage of any or all zones and the exact wording of any message that will be transmitted to the Fire Department or central station. A copy of the application and related information will be submitted to the appropriate fire department.
[Amended 2-24-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2016]
B. 
A permit is required for all existing fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems. The owner of premises having fire alarm systems other than local alarm systems on the effective date of this chapter shall apply for a permit within 120 days of the effective date of this chapter. No permit application fee shall be charged for any permit application received within this one-hundred-twenty-day period.
C. 
Said permit shall be valid for two years from the date of issuance. If the information contained upon the application changes, the applicant has 30 days to correct or change this data by refiling the permit.
D. 
Fees shall be as determined from time to time by the Town Board.
[Amended 12-10-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997]

§ 71-4 Maintenance.

A. 
All fire alarm systems must be properly maintained at all times. Operational instructions shall be kept accessible on the premises at all times. Buildings that are required by law to have fire alarm systems may not be occupied by the public if the system is not operational.
B. 
All fire alarm systems must be tested annually and have a certification placed on the control equipment stating when the system was tested.
C. 
If the Director of Code Enforcement and Development [1]determines that the alarm system is malfunctioning and causing a dangerous situation for the men and equipment of any Fire Department, the system shall be ordered disconnected from the lease line or central station, and the owner or occupant shall comply with such order. The system shall not be reconnected until the system is deemed to be in proper operating condition by a qualified installer submitting a certificate so stating to the Code Enforcement and Development Department.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: The term "Building Inspector" was amended to read "Director of Code Enforcement and Development," pursuant to L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-24-2010, and L.L. No. 1-2012, adopted 5-23-2012.
[2]
Editor's Note: The term "Building Department" was amended to read " Code Enforcement and Development Department," pursuant to L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-24-2010, and L.L. No. 1-2012, adopted 5-23-2012.
D. 
A defective alarm system may be shut down for repairs by the Director of Code Enforcement and Development [3]until such time as it is repaired properly; this provision is intended to deal with nuisance alarms.
[3]
Editor's Note: The term "Building Inspector" was amended to read "Director of Code Enforcement and Development," pursuant to L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-24-2010, and L.L. No. 1-2012, adopted 5-23-2012.

§ 71-5 Fines for avoidable alarms.

A. 
A violation of this chapter or any portion thereof is hereby declared to be an offense punishable by a fine. In the event that avoidable alarms are transmitted to the Fire Department, the Director of Code Enforcement and Development [1]will issue a notice of violation subjecting the owner or occupant of the premises to the following fines:
Number of Avoidable Alarms per 12-Month Period
Fines
First avoidable alarm
No fine
Second avoidable alarm
No fine
Third avoidable alarm
$100
Fourth avoidable alarm
$200
For each additional avoidable alarm, add
$100
[1]
Editor's Note: The term "Building Inspector" was amended to read "Director of Code Enforcement and Development," pursuant to L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-24-2010, and L.L. No. 1-2012, adopted 5-23-2012.
B. 
All fines will be payable to the Town of Perinton.

§ 71-6 Penalties for offenses.

Except as provided in § 71-5 above, the failure to obey any order of the Director of Code Enforcement and Development [1]or the failure to obtain a permit as provided for in § 71-3 shall constitute a violation and shall be enforced pursuant to Chapter 115, Enforcement Procedures, of the Town Code. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: The term "Building Inspector" was amended to read "Director of Code Enforcement and Development," pursuant to L.L. No. 1-2010, adopted 2-24-2010, and L.L. No. 1-2012, adopted 5-23-2012.