[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-4-1988 by Ord. No. 1566-88]
This chapter shall be enacted and may be cited as the "Alarm Systems Ordinance of the City of Woodbury."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices, whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means, activating a device at police headquarters of the City of Woodbury or an audible alarm which requires response thereto by the Police Department, Fire Department and/or other municipal agencies, and to provide penalties, upon conviction, for violations of any of the provisions set forth herein.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who installs, operates, maintains or owns any alarm device designed to summon the Police Department, Fire Department or other municipal agency to any location in response to any type of alarm signal. The terms of this chapter shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private source to subscribers within or without the City of Woodbury so long as such activity is not connected to the alarm console or direct-dial to police emergency lines except, however, that any person having a premise protected by an alarm device shall still be responsible for registration thereof.
For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
- ALARM CONSOLE
- The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audible response, or both, located within the confines of the City of Woodbury Police Department.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical, electrical or electronic device which is designed or used for the detection of an unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility, or for alerting others about the commission of an unlawful act in a building, structure or facility, or for alerting others about the existence of any other condition requiring response of police, fire or ambulance personnel and which emits and/or transmits an audible and/or visible signal or message when activated. Alarm systems include, but are not limited to direct-dial telephone devices, audible alarms and subscriber alarms.
- AUDIBLE ALARMS
- A device which emits an audible signal from the premises it is designed to protect.
- DIRECT-DIAL ALARM
- A device that, when activated, causes a recorded message to be transmitted, via telephone, to the City of Woodbury Police Department, stating an emergency response is necessary.
- EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
- The primary telephone number advertised to the public for requesting emergency service.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm signal necessitating response by the City of Woodbury
Police Department, Fire Department or other municipal agency where
an emergency situation does not exist. Notwithstanding the above,
for the purpose of this chapter, any such false alarm signal shall
not be considered a false alarm under the provisions of this chapter
when such signal has been given within 30 days of installation of
the alarm system or the first two such false signals which may have
been given by reason of electrical storms or other external source
that is beyond the reasonable control of the owner after installation
of the said alarm system.[Amended 4-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1762-95]
- FIRE, AMBULANCE OR OTHER MUNICIPAL AGENCY PERSONNEL
- Any one or more units of the City of Woodbury Volunteer Fire
Company or any other municipal worker not connected with the City
of Woodbury Police Department.[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
- LOCAL ALARM
- An audible and/or visible alarm system which has no direct connection with the City of Woodbury Police Department.
- Any natural person, firm, partnership, corporation or association.
- The City of Woodbury Police Department.
- SUBSCRIBER ALARM
- An alarm system that is terminated by direct connection to the City of Woodbury Police Department alarm console or telephone.
Any person, firm or corporation that owns, maintains or operates an alarm system in the City of Woodbury shall make application for the installation or continuance thereof in writing to the Chief of Police, upon forms prescribed by the City of Woodbury Police Department.
Any person, firm or corporation that installs or maintains any alarm system in the City of Woodbury shall register, in writing, with the Chief of Police, such registration shall be upon forms prescribed by the City of Woodbury Police Department.
Any registration outlined in Subsections A and B shall be accompanied by an initial registration fee of $12. Within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter or alarm installation, the owner shall register the alarm upon forms prescribed by the Woodbury Police Department. Thereafter, the owner shall be obligated to provide the City of Woodbury Police Department with any changes to the information supplied in the original registration statement.
[Added 4-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1762-95; amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, firms or corporations that maintain alarm systems within the City of Woodbury to provide current information to the Chief of Police consisting of the name, address and telephone number of the owners, location of alarm and the name and telephone numbers of responsible persons to contact or persons to provide service to the alarm in case of emergency. Either persons will be available on a twenty-four-hour basis. This information will be filed prior to the time of installation and must be revised whenever necessary.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, firms or corporations that install alarm systems within the City of Woodbury to provide current information to the Chief of Police, consisting of the name, address and telephone numbers of said person, firm or corporation and the name and telephone numbers of the person, firm or corporation's representative.
Audible alarms must be silenced within 15 minutes of the responsible person being notified by the City of Woodbury Police Department to do so or the alarm system may be equipped with a timing device that will automatically silence the audible alarm within 15 minutes after it has been activated. Audible alarms shall not be activated more than two times for the same emergency.
Within 120 days from the effective date of this chapter, and at the expense of the owner or lessee, existing automatic protection devices in the City shall be disconnected from existing primary and secondary phone lines and transferred to additional phone lines to be provided by the City.
Within 180 days from the effective date of this chapter, it shall be the responsibility of all persons, firms or corporations that maintain alarm systems within the City of Woodbury to provide a backup power supply which will automatically assume the operation of the alarm system should any interruption in power occur to the system. The transfer of power from the primary source to the backup source must occur in a manner which does not activate the alarm system.
Automatic protection devices that use the services of intermediaries, live voice central dispatch, are prohibited from using any primary or secondary phone lines at the Woodbury Police Department. Upon registration, the City shall provide the intermediaries with phone lines for alarm notification.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, firms or corporations that maintain alarm systems within the City of Woodbury to prevent the transmission of false alarms through a program of training, inspection and maintenance of their respective alarm systems.
In the case of false alarms, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the City of Woodbury Police Department. In addition, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made of all false alarms and a record of same kept on file.
[Amended 4-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1762-95]
For the first and second false alarms in any given calendar month, a warning shall be issued by the Chief of Police, or his or her designee through a letter to the registered subscriber of the premises on which the false alarm occurred.
For the third and fourth false alarm in the same calendar month, a fine of $50 shall be payable to the City of Woodbury.
For the fifth and subsequent false alarm in the same calendar month, a fine of not less than $75 and not more than $250 shall be payable to the City of Woodbury for each offense.
Any person, entity, firm or corporation that is found guilty of violating any other section of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250.
Upon conviction of a violation of this chapter for the seventh time in any thirty day period and in addition to any penalty that may be ordered by the court pursuant to paragraph A above, the Chief of Police may authorize the disconnection of the subscriber alarm and direct-dial alarm from the alarm console at the Woodbury City Police Department after giving written notice to the subscriber, at least ten days in advance, of his or her intention to disconnect the same. The address for notification shall be by certified mail at the registration address submitted to the Chief of Police pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to general alerting alarms used by the fire companies, ambulance corps or other municipal agencies to summons response of their members. The provisions of this chapter, further, shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles used by police, fire, ambulance or other municipal agencies.
[Adopted 8-1-1995 by Ord. No. 1776-95]
All properties within the City of Woodbury having an automatic fire suppression system shall be equipped with a key box. Automatic shall mean electronically sends a signal to the Fire Department, Police Department or Central Dispatch Center requesting response of the Fire Department. Buildings of Use Groups R-3 and R-4 as described in the Uniform Construction Code shall be exempt from this requirement. Building owners exempt from this requirement may install a key box with the approval of the Fire Chief.
The key box shall be of a Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and approved by the City of Woodbury Fire Official. The key box shall be installed in a location approved by the City of Woodbury Fire Chief or his or her designate.
The key boxes shall contain keys to the following:
All existing buildings shall comply within six months of the effective date of this article. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied, or buildings currently under construction, shall comply immediately.