City of Winchester, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 678 §1(270.10), 7-22-1992]
A. 
Permit Required. Any resident or person who desires to install or continue use of any emergency alarm shall apply for and obtain a permit from the City on a form to be provided by the City Clerk. Each application shall be signed by the applicant and shall include, among other things, the following:
1. 
The name, address and telephone number of the alarm user.
2. 
The address of the property where the alarm is installed if different from (1) above.
3. 
The name of the alarm business which has or will install the alarm system.
4. 
The name of the alarm business which the alarm user will contract for repair service.
5. 
The name and address of the agency which the alarm system will be connected for monitoring.
6. 
The name, address and telephone number of at least one (1) other person with access to the premises protected by the alarm system.
B. 
Not Assignable. No permit is assignable or transferable and any change in control, ownership or right to possession of property with an installed alarm shall require the issuance of a new permit for alarm use.
C. 
Alarm System Standards And Inspections. All alarm systems installed in commercial or public buildings after the effective date of this Section shall utilize equipment and methods of installation substantially equivalent to or exceeding the following minimum applicable underwriter laboratories (UL or ANSI) standards:
1. 
UL 609 (ANSI SE2.1-72) "Local Burglar Alarm Units and Systems"; UL 636 (ANSI SE2.7 — 1973) "Hold Up Alarm Units and Systems"; UL 681 (ANSI SE2.3 — 1972) "Installation and Classification of Mercantile and Bank Burglar Alarm Systems".
2. 
All systems installed in residences after the effective date of this Section shall utilize equipment which shall meet or exceed the minimum applicable UL standard 1023 (ANSI SE2.1 — 1972) "Household Burglar Alarm System Units" and such equipment shall be installed in a safe, reliable and professional manner.
D. 
In addition, the requirements set forth by the above-referenced UL or ANSI standards, the following additional requirements shall be met:
1. 
All systems installed after this date must have a standby power supply for both the control panel and power lines. The standby power supply shall be installed so such that failure of the main source of power will not cause an alarm indication. All standby power supplies shall be capable of operating the system for a minimum of four (4) hours. All alarm systems shall be installed in a way that will include a visible and/or audible indication of the proper operation of the alarm circuit.
2. 
Voltage on systems terminating at the St. Louis County Police Department shall be a minimum of six (6) volts dc and a maximum of twenty (20) volts dc. The voltage reading shall be that obtained at the St. Louis County Police station. Current requirements for alarm systems terminating at the St. Louis Police Department shall be a minimum of five (5) milliamperes and a maximum of fifteen (15) milliamperes of current.
3. 
All sensory mechanisms used in conjunction with such alarms must be adjusted to the degree reasonably possible to suppress non-valid indications of fire or intrusion so that alarms will not be actuated by natural phenomenon such as tangent pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of light, wind noise or external pressure changes such as rattling or vibration of windows, sonic booms, or vehicular noise adjacent to the installation.
[Ord. No. 678 §1(270.020), 7-22-1992]
The alarm user is responsible for seeing that the alarm, system installed on his/her premises is not misused. During each calendar year, three (3) false alarms shall be allowed per installation without penalty. Any additional false alarms encountered for an installation during each calendar year shall result in the imposition of a service charge.
The service charge, on the effective date of this Section, July 22, 1992, shall be as follows:
No. of False Alarms
Fee
1 — 3
no fee
4
$20.00
5
$30.00
6
$55.00
Over 6
$75.00 per false alarm
The service charge amount shall be imposed against the alarm user. Refusal to pay any fee shall result in the issuance of a summons from the Municipal Court.
[Ord. No. 678 §1(270.030), 7-22-1992; Ord. No. 691 §1, 1-27-1993]
A. 
Any business operated by a person that provides a service for consideration and receives signals from an alarm system located within the City of Winchester and who thereafter relays the message to the Police Department of the City must annually pay a user fee for service.
B. 
A fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) shall be paid by the applicant to the City Clerk for the general fund of the City of Winchester.
[Ord. No. 678 §1(270.040), 7-22-1992]
A. 
Prior to providing answering services for alarm systems located within the City of Winchester, and on or before July first (1st) of each calendar year thereafter, any person offering such service shall make application to the Clerk of the City for a license to provide such service to subscribers located within the City. The application shall contain the following information:
1. 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
2. 
The name and address of all subscribers within the City and the address of the location where the alarm system is installed, if different.
3. 
The name and residential address of the owner of the property where the alarm is installed.
4. 
The name, address and telephone number of the entity who receives emergency messages from an activated alarm system.
[Ord. No. 678 §1(270.050), 7-22-1992]
The City of Winchester, St. Louis County, Missouri, its officials and employees shall not be liable for any defects in the operation of signal line systems, for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt or notice of an alarm from such source, nor for the failure and neglect of any person with a license issued pursuant to this Chapter.