[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Plandome 10-6-1987 as L.L. No. 4-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any alarm device or series of devices which, when activated:
- A. Transmits a signal which is audible beyond the property boundaries of the real property on which the alarm is located; or
- B. Transmits to a manned facility where the signal is recorded, retransmitted and/or validated and the information relayed to the Fire Department or Police Department that an emergency exists or that the services of that Fire Department or Police Department are needed.
- ELECTRICAL POWER
- The ordinary and customary power provided by the utility authorized to provide the same.
- FIRE DEPARTMENT
- The Incorporated Village of Plandome Fire Department.
- Includes individuals, corporations, partnerships, firms or agents acting in behalf thereof.
- STANDBY POWER
- Power generated in the place and stead of electrical power, whether by battery, auxiliary generator or otherwise.
All alarm systems installed and maintained in the village shall be in compliance with this chapter.
The Mayor of the village or his designee(s) or the Chief of the Fire Department of the Incorporated Village of Plandome or his designee(s) shall have the power to determine conformance with this chapter.
All alarm systems subject to this chapter and maintained in the village shall be inspected and tested annually or in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer, whichever requires the more frequent inspections, by a competent person. Written records of inspection shall be maintained on the premises protected and shall include:
Any alarm system, as defined in § 50-1, shall:
Have the capability of being deactivated by an occupant in the event of malfunction or accidental activation of the system.
Be designed and installed to prevent activation of the fire alarm system by a burglar alarm system and vice versa.
If operated by electric power, not be activated by loss of electrical power.
All persons installing, maintaining, constructing, replacing or improving any automatic alarm system, as defined in this chapter, which requires Fire Department response in the village shall obtain a license from the Fire Marshal of Nassau County upon proper application on a form provided by the Fire Marshal and submission of such information on such form as the Fire Marshal may require together with an established fee. Upon consideration and approval of such application by the Fire Marshal, a license shall be issued on a form prepared by the Fire Marshal which shall authorize such installation, construction, replacement or improvement of such automatic fire alarm system.
The license issued by the Nassau County Fire Marshal shall expire one (1) year from the date of such issuance unless prior thereto the license is revoked or suspended by the Mayor of the village or the Chief of the Fire Department or their designee(s). Upon payment of the annual license fee as provided in Chapter 87, Fees, prior to the expiration date, a license shall be renewed for another year; and the authority to install, maintain, construct, replace or improve any automatic alarm system, as defined in this chapter, shall continue in effect until such time within the year as the County of Nassau or the village revokes or suspends such license.
The procedure for obtaining a burglar alarm license and the fee, expiration and terms shall be identical to that for a fire alarm system as outlined herein in Subsections A(1) and (2), except that the license shall be obtained from the village on forms provided by the village and procedure regulated by it.
The village may, at any time, require reasonable information of an applicant or a licensee and may require the production of books and records which relate to the installation, maintenance, construction, replacement or improvement of any automatic alarm system or the qualifications for compliance with this chapter by the applicant or licensee.
Permit. All persons or owners of property located within the village or the lessees thereof who desire to operate and maintain an automatic alarm system in the village shall apply to the village for a permit on forms provided by the village prior to installation. It shall be unlawful to operate or maintain such an automatic alarm system without first obtaining a permit as hereafter provided.
The village shall issue, upon proper application and payment of a fee in such other amount as set by the Board of Trustees, a permit to any person who owns or leases property upon which an automatic alarm system is operated or maintained or on behalf of such person to any seller, lessor or installer of such automatic alarm system. Such permit shall be transferable to any subsequent owner or lessee of the premises in which such automatic alarm system has been installed upon written notification to the village and the Fire Marshal of Nassau County.
The applicant for a permit shall submit to the village operating instructions so that the system may be disarmed by village and/or Fire Department personnel in the event of a false alarm or malfunction.
The permit required by this chapter shall continue in full force and effect so long as there is full compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
All present owners or lessees of premises having an automatic alarm system installed in said premises before enactment of this chapter shall comply with all provisions of this chapter within six (6) months of the effective date of this chapter.
It shall be a violation of this chapter and unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant of any real property in the village to suffer or permit any alarm to emit sound, audible beyond the boundaries of the real property on which the alarm is located, for a continuous period of more than fifteen (15) minutes.
Any alarm to which the Fire or Police Department responds and after investigation determines is the result of malfunction of the alarm system or the negligence of the user shall be designated as a nonintentional false alarm. Thereupon, it shall be the responsibility of the occupant of the premises that the cause for such alarm be corrected by a licensed maintainer, as defined in § 50-5A, and a report of such correction, in writing, be submitted to the village on forms provided by the village within thirty (30) days of the false alarm.
Complaints from neighbors from two (2) different addresses which allege that an alarm has been sounding for more than fifteen (15) minutes beyond the boundaries on which the alarm is located shall be confirmed, and after confirmation of the validity of the complaint, the village and/or Fire Department personnel shall be authorized to silence the alarm.
After a false alarm or other violations of this chapter, the village may cause an inspection to be made at the owner's expense to determine the condition of the alarm system and compliance with this chapter. Refusal to permit inspection or failure to cooperate with said inspection or inspectors shall be a violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation made pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III. Each day during or on which a violation of this chapter shall occur shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.
This chapter shall not be construed to hold the Village of Plandome or Plandome Fire Department, its officers, agents or employees responsible for any injury to person or damage to property by reason of the disarming of any alarm system as authorized herein, the inspection or reinspection authorized herein or failure to inspect or reinspect as herein provided or by reason of the issuance of a permit or approval or disapproval of any alarm system authorized herein.