Village of Southampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton 3-10-1972 by L.L. No. 1-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 59.
Police alarm regulations — See Ch. A118.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and controls for the various types of fire, intrusion, holdup and other emergency signals from fire and police alarm devices that require Fire Department or police response, investigation or safeguarding of property at the location of an event reported by a signal which is transmitted by telephone or radio or which is otherwise relayed to the Police or Fire Department by an alarm device requiring investigation or other action by any person acting in response to a signal actuated by an alarm device, including such devices already in use within the village.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any fire or police alarm device or aggregation of fire or police alarm devices installed on or within a single building or on or within more than one building or area adjacently located on a common site, at a specific location.[1]
CENTRAL ALARM STATION
Any facility operated by a private firm that owns or leases a system of fire or police alarm devices, which facility is manned by operators who receive, record or validate alarm signals and relay information about such validated signals to the Police or Fire Department when appropriate.
DIAL ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device which is a telephone device or telephone attachment that automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station or police headquarters and reproduces a prerecorded message to report a criminal act or other emergency requiring Police or Fire Department response.
DIRECT ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device connected directly, by leased telephone wires, from a specific location to police headquarters.
EMERGENCY ALARM
Any fire or police alarm device designed to be actuated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency at a specific location or by a victim of a holdup, robbery or other emergency or criminal act at a specific location.
FALSE EMERGENCY ALARM
Any signal actuated by an emergency alarm to which the Police or Fire Department responds, which is not the result of a fire, holdup, robbery or other crime or emergency.
FIRE OR POLICE ALARM DEVICE
Any device which, when actuated by a fire, criminal act or other emergency requiring Police or Fire Department response, transmits a prerecorded message or other signal by telephone, radio or other means to a central alarm station or directly to the Police or Fire Department or produces an audible or visible signal designed to notify persons within audible or visible alarm range of the signal.
INTRUSION
Any entry into an area or building equipped with one or more police alarm devices by any person or object whose entry actuates a police alarm device.
LICENSING AUTHORITY
The Village Police Department with respect to police alarm devices and the Village Fire Marshal with respect to fire alarm devices.
[Amended 5-10-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
POLICE HEADQUARTERS
Police headquarters and other enclosures housing privately or publicly owned equipment serving the Police or Fire Department.
[1]
Editor's Note: The definitions of "alarm agent," which immediately preceded this definition, and "business licensee," which immediately followed this definition, were repealed 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
A. 
The licensing authority is hereby authorized to grant a revocable permit to any owner of property located within the Village of Southampton, or the lessee thereof, to operate, maintain, install and modify a fire or police alarm device.
B. 
All presently existing fire or police alarm devices and systems of fire or police alarm devices and present owners and lessees of premises having such devices or systems must comply with all provisions of this chapter by May 1, 1972.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
Applications for permits shall be made as follows:
A. 
Owner or lessee permits. Any property owner or lessee of property in the Village of Southampton having on his or its premises a fire or police alarm device or system of fire or police alarm devices shall apply to the licensing authority, on a form to be supplied by the licensing authority, for a permit to own or otherwise have such a device on his or its premises. The application shall contain provisions relating to the device or system of devices installed or to be installed on the premises. Application for permits for fire or police alarm devices existing in premises on the effective date of this chapter must be made to the licensing authority by May 1, 1972. No such device may be installed on the premises of the owner or lessee after the effective date of this chapter prior to the licensing authority's having issued a permit to such owner or lessee, and no presently existing fire or police alarm device shall be modified after the effective date of this chapter prior to the licensing authority's having issued a permit to such owner or lessee. Such permit need not be obtained on an annual basis but shall be obtained each time a device or system is to be installed or modified.
[Amended 4-10-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992; 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
The Board of Trustees may establish a permit fee for owner or lessee permits by resolution. If a permit fee is established, such fee may be amended from time to time by resolution of such Board.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
A. 
Any applicant whose application for a permit has been denied by the licensing authority may appeal such denial, in writing, to the Board of Trustees within 30 days after the date of denial and may appear before such Board at a time and place to be determined by such Board in support of such appeal. The decision of such Board shall be final.
B. 
The Board of Trustees, after a hearing at which the holder of a permit shall be given an opportunity to be heard, may revoke a permit for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. Written notice of the time and place of any such hearing shall be given to such holder, which notice shall include or be accompanied by a statement reciting the ground or grounds for revocation to be considered at such hearing.
C. 
If a permit is revoked by the Board of Trustees, operation and maintenance of the alarm installation at such premises shall thereafter constitute a violation of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 32-6, User fees; payment procedure; delinquent payments, as amended, was repealed 1-12-1990 by L.L. No. 1-1990. Former §§ 32-7, 32-8, 32-9, 32-10 and 32-11 were redesignated as §§ 32-6, 32-7, 32-8, 32-9 and 32-10, respectively.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
A. 
It shall be the duty of every owner of property having an alarm installation on such premises to maintain such alarm installation in good working order and condition. Such owner shall be responsible for all malfunctions of such alarm installation.
B. 
It shall be the duty of every business or commercial entity installing and/or maintaining an alarm installation in the Village of Southampton to keep complete and accurate records with respect to installation and/or maintenance of such alarm installations.
C. 
It shall be the duty of every business or commercial entity installing security or fire alarm systems to obtain and maintain in effect a license therefor from the Secretary of State of the State of New York.
D. 
It shall be the duty of every business or commercial entity installing and/or maintaining an alarm installation in the Village of Southampton to comply with rules, regulations and standards promulgated pursuant to this chapter regarding the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of alarm installations.
A. 
Limitation. No fire or police alarm device shall be connected to or use any telephone line connected to police headquarters except those lines authorized by the licensing authority. The owner of any such fire or police alarm device which is connected either directly or indirectly to police headquarters by a telephone line which has not been authorized for use for such purpose as aforesaid on and after May 1, 1972, shall be in violation of this chapter and be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
B. 
Intentional false alarm. It shall be a violation of this chapter to intentionally cause a false holdup alarm, and any person who does intentionally cause a false holdup alarm shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
C. 
False emergency alarm charges.
[Amended 1-21-1983 by L.L. No. 3-1983]
(1) 
Any owner of property having an alarm installation on such premises and any lessee of such premises or other user of such alarm installation shall pay to the village a charge for each and every false emergency alarm to which the Police or Fire Department responds, as follows:
[Last amended 10-9-2008 by L.L. No. 10-2008]
(a) 
For the first false police alarm within any period of one calendar year: $40.
(b) 
For each subsequent false police alarm within any period of one calendar year, the following schedule of charges shall apply:
[1] 
Second false alarm: $100.
[2] 
Third false alarm: $150.
[3] 
Fourth and each subsequent false alarm: $250.
(c) 
For the first false fire alarm within any period of one calendar year: $40.
(d) 
For each subsequent false fire alarm within any period of one calendar year, the following schedule of charges shall apply:
[1] 
Second false alarm: $100.
[2] 
Third false alarm: $500.
[3] 
Fourth false alarm: $750.
[4] 
Fifth and each subsequent false alarm: $1,000.
(2) 
The above charges shall be paid to the Village Treasurer. Failure to pay any such charges shall subject such owner, lessee or user to the penalty provisions of this chapter. The village is also authorized to collect any such charges by civil action.
(3) 
Failure to pay any such charge shall constitute a ground for revocation of the permit for the alarm installation on such premises.
[Added 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
D. 
Installation and maintenance. The installation and maintenance of fire or police alarm devices permitted by this chapter, including the connection to police headquarters, shall be made at no cost to the village. The owner or lessee shall be responsible for the maintenance and service of his or its fire or police alarm device equipment and shall be responsible for all malfunctions of his or its equipment.
E. 
Change of location. If the location of police headquarters should be changed at any time, the village shall not be responsible for any expense incurred by the owner or lessee or business or commercial entity for moving alarm systems or reconnecting such systems to the relocated police headquarters.
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
F. 
Removal of unlawful equipment. In addition to any other remedy provided by law, the licensing authority, whenever it shall have knowledge of the use of any fire or police alarm device, cabinet or attachment or telephone terminal which is not operated or maintained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or which is contrary to regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter, after notice and hearing by the licensing authority, may order the removal of the same from police headquarters, and it shall be unlawful to disobey such order.
G. 
Rules, regulations and enforcement. The licensing authority shall promulgate reasonable rules, regulations and standards, which shall be approved by the Board of Trustees, that may reasonably be necessary for the purpose of assuring the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of fire or police alarm devices and alarm installations owned, operated, maintained, installed, leased or regulated under this chapter and to facilitate the administration of this chapter. The licensing authority shall administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter. The aforesaid rules, regulations and standards shall be set forth in writing, and copies shall be available for applicants.[1]
[Amended 8-12-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
[1]
Editor's Note: For regulations adopted by the licensing authority, see Ch. A118, Police Alarm Regulations. See also Ch. 58, Fire Prevention, for regulations regarding fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, and key boxes.
A. 
Central alarm station systems. The licensing authority is hereby authorized to prescribe the location and the manner of installation of private or regular business telephone lines into police headquarters from a central alarm station for the express purpose of providing direct telephone communication between a central alarm station and police headquarters for use in reporting holdup alarms.
B. 
Direct alarm systems. The licensing authority is hereby authorized to prescribe the location and the manner of installation of all cabinets, accessories, connections and equipment of an approved direct alarm system within police headquarters for the purpose of providing a direct alarm system where the visible and audible signals therefrom may be readily seen and heard by police or fire personnel.
C. 
Exceptions. None of the provisions of this chapter shall apply to a fire or police alarm device or devices installed in a motor vehicle or trailer.
[Amended 1-29-1982 by L.L. No. 1-1982; 7-11-2002 by L.L. No. 1-2002]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which does not pay any charge or fee established in this chapter or who or which violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not in excess of $1,00 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both, for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed, and such violation may constitute disorderly conduct, in which event such person shall be a disorderly person.