Village of Dobbs Ferry, NY
Westchester County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Dobbs Ferry 10-20-1992 by L.L. No. 6-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 127.
Fees — See Ch. 175.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 180.
[Amended 1-24-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to provide regulations and standards applicable to alarm systems and devices installed, maintained and operated in the Village of Dobbs Ferry.
B. 
All alarm systems installed on or in structures within the Village of Dobbs Ferry shall be registered with the Village of Dobbs Ferry. This includes local alarms to which the Police or Fire Department would be expected to respond. Only installers and maintenance companies licensed by the County of Westchester or the State of New York shall install or maintain such systems.
C. 
If an alarm malfunctions, then the authority having jurisdiction may order that system kept off line until proof that the system malfunction has been corrected. Such correction may only be done by a qualified repair agency, and the proof must be presented to the Village. All costs for alternate protection while the system is off line shall be borne by the owner/operator of said system. Alternate protection requirements will be specified by the authority having jurisdiction; example: police could specify private security for a bank or the Fire Department could specify a fire watch for nursing homes, hospitals, schools and all commercial properties.
D. 
Installation of any new alarm system shall require an electrical low-voltage permit issued by the Building Department. The fee for this permit shall be the same fee as those fees charged for electrical permits as set forth in Chapter 175.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ALARM AGENT
Any person employed by an alarm business whose duties include the selling, installing, maintaining, repairing, altering, moving, replacing or servicing of alarm devices or systems.
ALARM BUSINESS
Any business operated by a person for a profit and which engages in the activity of selling, leasing, installing, maintaining, repairing, altering, moving, replacing or servicing of alarm devices or systems.
ALARM SYSTEM
An assembly of equipment and devices arranged to signal the presence of a condition requiring urgent attention by the Police or Fire Department; any automatic alarm device or group of devices which when activated signals the existence of a condition which requires a response by Public Safety Department personnel shall be deemed to be covered by this chapter.
ALARM USER
Any person on whose premises an alarm system is maintained within the Village, except for a proprietary system or an alarm system on motor vehicles.
ANSWERING SERVICE
An agency which provides, among other things, the service of receiving emergency signals from alarm systems through its employees and immediately relaying the appropriate message by live voice to the Police or Fire Department of the jurisdiction in which the alarm signal originated.
AUTOMATIC ALARM COMMUNICATION DEVICE
An apparatus which automatically sends a digitally encoded tone sequence, line polarity reversal or other electrical or electronic signal which indicates the existence of the emergency situation that an alarm system is designed to detect and report over the airwaves, telephone lines or other communication cables or facilities.
CENTRAL STATION
An office to which remote alarms and supervisor-signaling devices are connected to receiving equipment monitored by police officers, private guards or other personnel and which provides persons to respond to protected premises when an alarm is received.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of the signaling portion of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, loss of externally supplied electrical power for less than four hours, improper installation, improper usage or an error or negligence on the part of the owner or lessee of the premises wherein the system is installed or through the error or negligence of employees, guests or agents of the owner or lessee of the premises. The term shall include all alarm signal activation incidents in which investigation by Public Safety Department personnel reveals no evidence of the existence of an emergency condition. Those alarm signals which investigation reveals were triggered by physical damage to the protected premises as a result of a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or other violent natural phenomena and line trouble signals received via dedicated telephone lines are excluded from the definition of "false alarms."
LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm signaling system which when triggered causes an audible or visual signaling device to be activated in or on the premises within or upon which the system is installed.
PRIMARY EMERGENCY NUMBER
A telephone line leading directly into a designated office of the Police or Fire Department for the purpose of handling emergency calls on a person-to-person basis and which is identified as such by a specific number included among the emergency numbers in the telephone directory issued by the New York telephone company covering the service area within the jurisdiction of the Police or Fire Department.
PROPRIETARY SYSTEM
An alarm system which transmits its signals to a location within the protected premises and is monitored by the proprietor of the premises or his agents. When such a system monitors conditions which may require a response by police or fire personnel, then it becomes an alarm system as defined in this chapter.
REMOTE SIGNALING SYSTEM
An alarm signaling system which when triggered activates a device which transmits a signal to a central location where action is taken to respond to and investigate the cause of the signal.
SPECIAL EMERGENCY NUMBER
A telephone line leading into a designated office of the Police or Fire Department having the primary purpose of handling emergency signals transmitted by automatic alarm communication devices.
SUBSCRIBER or USER
A person who buys or otherwise obtains and uses an alarm system, whether or not he thereafter contracts with or hires an alarm business to monitor or service the system.
[Amended 3-17-1993 by L.L. No. 1-1993; 2-14-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
A. 
On January 1 each year, every alarm user shall, before operating an alarm system, apply to the Dobbs Ferry Police Department on a form to be furnished by the Dobbs Ferry Police Department for a permit to operate an alarm system. The application shall be completed and signed by the individual who owns, leases or otherwise uses the alarm system and shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
[Amended 2-25-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]
(1) 
The name or names of the person or persons residing in the protected premises or, if a business establishment, the name of that business establishment.
(2) 
The address of the protected premises, including apartment or other customary identifier for multiple occupancies at an address.
(3) 
The name and mailing address of the individual who applies for the permit.
(4) 
The home and business phone numbers of the permittee.
(5) 
The type of system installed, including:
(a) 
The type of emergency the system is equipped to detect and report.
(b) 
The method or methods used to annunciate the alarm device or devices.
(6) 
The name, address and business phone number, including an after-hours emergency number of the monitoring service, if any.
(7) 
Whether or not the system is equipped to automatically rearm itself and, if so, after what period of time.
(8) 
The cutoff time for audible signals.
(9) 
The name, address and telephone number of the installing company or individual.
(10) 
The name, address and telephone number of the servicing company, if different than the installing company.
(11) 
The names, addresses and emergency telephone numbers of the persons to be notified in the event of an alarm.
(12) 
The identification of the presence on the premises of any guard dogs or other household pets which could cause injury to human beings.
(13) 
The identification of the presence or possession of any firearm, shotgun or dangerous instruments.
(14) 
An agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the Village of Dobbs Ferry and all of its officers, agents, volunteers and individuals who respond to the signal of the alarm system from any and all claims and lawsuits arising of their entrance onto the alarm user's property in the execution of their duties and responsibilities.
B. 
Issuance; renewal; revocation.
(1) 
The alarm user shall be responsible for notifying the Police Department, in writing, of any changes in the above information at least 10 days prior to the effective date of such change.
(2) 
Permit and renewal applications will be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee as determined from time to time by a resolution of the Board of Trustees.[1] Renewal applications shall be submitted if there is a change in ownership of the premises or of the alarm system.
[Amended 9-11-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 175, Fees.
(3) 
The issuance of an alarm user permit does not create any special relationship or obligation on the part of the Village to respond to any alarm.
(4) 
In addition to any penalties which may be imposed for the violation of certain provisions of this chapter, the Police Department may deny, suspend or revoke an alarm user permit or renewal thereof for any of the following grounds:
(a) 
Fraud or willful and knowing misrepresentation or false statement made in the application for an alarm user permit or in the operation of the licensed system.
(b) 
Deliberate activation of a false alarm.
(c) 
Use of an alarm system to summon Police or Fire Department personnel for a condition other than what the system was designed to detect and report as authorized in the permit.
(d) 
Failure to correct any deficiencies in equipment, procedures or operation within 30 days of receipt of notice of the same from the Police or Fire Department or within such time as shall be determined as reasonable by the Police or Fire Department if said deficiencies cannot be corrected within 30 days.
C. 
Connections to central stations, answering services, etc.
(1) 
Persons owning or leasing an automatic alarm communication device may program the device to transmit its signal to:
(a) 
A central station;
(b) 
An answering service; or
(c) 
Any other consenting party.
(2) 
The Police or Fire Department shall not be required to respond to any alarm signal transmitted in violation of this chapter.
All presently existing alarm systems must comply with the provisions of this chapter by February 1, 1993.
No person shall install, lease, sell, repair, service, replace or remove a police or fire alarm device or devices or provide an answering service without a license issued by the County of Westchester or required by Article XV, Section 863.291 et seq., of the Laws of Westchester County, as amended. All installers and maintainers must present an identification card reflecting such license.
[Amended 2-14-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to cause or permit the activation of a false alarm signal. The alarm user shall be held accountable for all false alarms originating from the alarm user's system and shall be fully liable for all charges and penalties arising therefrom.
B. 
The Police Department or Fire Department shall be empowered to take whatever emergency action is reasonably necessary to prevent an activated alarm signaling device from interfering with the Department's ability to receive additional emergency signals or from interfering unnecessarily with the tranquility of the surrounding community, including the entry upon private property and premises.
C. 
Fee; appeal.
(1) 
Any owner or lessee of property that has an alarm device or system of devices and any user of services or equipment furnished by a licensee under this chapter shall pay the Village a fee as outlined in the alarm fee schedule below.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]
Village of Dobbs Ferry Alarm Fee Schedule
False Alarm Occurrence
Registered Users
First
No charge
Second
No charge
Third
$100
Fourth and fifth
$200
Sixth and above
$500
(2) 
Any alarm owner, lessee or user charged with a false alarm fee may appeal such charge in writing to the Police Department or Fire Department within 15 days after the issuance of the notice of penalty. Such determination by the Police or Fire Department of the appropriateness of the fee is final and binding.
[Amended 2-14-2012 by L.L. No. 3-2012; 2-25-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]
Any person, firm or corporation who has not registered an alarm system as outlined in § 110-3, Alarm user registration, shall be subject to a fine of an amount which shall not exceed $250 for each offense, and such violation may constitute disorderly conduct, in which event such person shall be a disorderly person.
A. 
Failure to allow inspection of equipment after a false alarm shall be grounds for termination of an alarm user permit or of authorization to permit an automatically initiated alarm signal to be relayed to the facilities of the Department of Public Safety.
B. 
If such inspection reveals any violations of the provisions of this chapter, a written report detailing such violations shall be promptly sent to the owner, lessee or other person responsible for the alarm system in violation of this chapter. Such report shall require the correction, within 30 days after receipt of the notice, of the violation discovered and shall state that a failure to comply may result in the revocation of the alarm user's permit in accordance with provisions of this chapter relating to revocation of licenses and permits. The alarm user shall be granted a reasonable extension of time to correct such violation upon good cause shown.