[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton 6-17-1988 by L.L. No. 10-1988 (Ch. 5 of the 1971 Code); amended in its entirety 1-15-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2010. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
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 to the Police or Fire Department from a central station as hereafter defined.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- 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.
- BUSINESS LICENSEE
- Any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity which is in the business of owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling a fire or police alarm device or devices or system of fire or police alarm devices, which business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity is an owner, operator, provider of maintenance service, installer, lessor or seller of said device, devices or system of devices.
- 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 the specific location to police headquarters.
No business licensee, as defined herein, shall conduct business in the Incorporated Village of East Hampton unless he or it holds a current validly issued license issued by the State of New York pursuant to Article 6-D of the General Business Law.
All business licensees who conduct business in the Incorporated Village of East Hampton shall register with the Village of East Hampton prior to conducting said business. In connection with said registration, all business licensees shall supply the following information:
A true copy of the license issued by the State of New York pursuant to Article 6-D of the General Business Law.
The names and addresses of all employees of the business licensee who will be conducting the business of said business licensee in the Incorporated Village of East Hampton.
A complete and accurate record of all installations of alarm systems in the Village of East Hampton, which shall be updated and provided to the Village of East Hampton on a monthly basis.
Any property owner or lessee of property in the Village of East Hampton having on his or its premises a fire or police alarm device or system of fire or police alarm devices shall be required to register and maintain the registration with the Village of East Hampton in order to own or otherwise have such a device on his or its premises. The registration form shall contain provisions relating to the device or system of devices installed or to be installed on the premises. Registrations for fire or police alarm devices existing in premises on the effective date of this chapter must be made to the registering authority. No such device may be installed on the premises of the owner or lessee after the effective date of this chapter prior to registration by the property owner with the registering authority. Annual renewal of the registration shall be required.
There shall be payable to the Village of East Hampton an annual fee of $50 for a fire or police alarm device or devices installed on the premises of any owner or lessee. Such registration fee shall be payable by the owner or lessee of the premises. Upon failure to make any such payment, the Village shall have the right to proceed by civil action to collect such registration fee. Failure to make any such payment after written notice thereof has been given to the owner or lessee shall subject such owner or lessee to the penalty provisions of this chapter.
Restrictions. No fire or police alarm device shall be connected directly to the Village of East Hampton headquarters or Fire Department. In addition, any police or fire alarm device which is a telephone device that automatically dials the East Hampton Village Police Department or Fire Department and reproduces a prerecorded message which reports a criminal act or fire requiring Police and/or Fire Department response is prohibited. Any person, business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity which operates, maintains, installs, leases or sells said device will be in violation of the aforementioned chapter and will be subject to a fine.
Direct alarm system. Any private firm engaged in the business of burglar alarms or fire alarms will operate a facility which is manned by a trained operator who receives, records or validates alarm signals and relays information about such validated signals to the East Hampton Village Police Department or the East Hampton Village Fire Department and, when appropriate, notifies the Police Department and Fire Department on a special telephone number set aside for the express purpose of receiving such information. All central station alarm facilities shall have the capability to electrically supervise all alarm systems so that a trouble signal is indicated should there be a fault with any alarm system. The operator of any central alarm company which calls police headquarters or the Fire Department to report an active alarm will identify himself or herself by name and the name of the company and will provide accurate directions to the protected premises at which the alarm is sounding. The central alarm company shall further provide the name of a caretaker who is responsible for resetting an activated alarm if the property owner or lessee of the property is away. In the event that the caretaker is unavailable, the alarm company shall be responsible for resetting an activated alarm.
Audible alarm device. Any property owner or lessee of property in the Village of East Hampton shall, prior to the installation of any audible signal designed to notify persons within audible range of the signal, obtain a permit for same. Any such alarm device which operates on house current must be equipped with a standby battery power supply sufficient for at least 24 hours. Any such alarm device will incorporate a device whereby the system will automatically shut off and/or reset the audible alarm after the alarm has sounded for a maximum period of 30 minutes. All property owners or lessees having such an alarm device on their premises shall further be required to provide the Police Department and Fire Department with the name of a person who can respond to the premises within a reasonable time. Said person shall have the capability of securing or, in the case of fire, opening up said premises for inspection by the Fire Department. Every such audible alarm device must be equipped with a switch to silence the audible alarm bell at the residence.
False alarm. It shall be a violation of this chapter to cause a false alarm, and any person who does cause a false alarm shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
Charges for false emergency alarms.
Any owner or lessee of property having a fire or police alarm device or system of fire or police alarm devices on his or its premises on the effective date of this chapter and any user of services or equipment furnished by a licensee under this chapter shall pay to the Village a charge for each and every false emergency alarm to which the Police or Fire Department responds, in each calendar year, as follows:
The above charges shall be paid to the Village Treasurer. Failure to pay any such charges within 60 days of the date that the notice setting forth the charge has been sent to the owner of the premises by certified mail, return receipt requested, shall result in said charge becoming a lien and charge upon the real property where the alarm installation is located, until the same is paid or otherwise satisfied or discharged, and it shall be collected in the same manner provided by law for the collection of taxes. The application for a permit shall contain a notice advising the owner that the failure to pay the charge can result in it becoming a lien on the property.
[Amended 11-20-2015 by L.L. No. 21-2015]
Rules, regulations and enforcement. The Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton may promulgate rules, regulations and standards for the purpose of assuring the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of fire or police alarm devices and alarm installations and to facilitate the administration of this chapter. The aforesaid rules, regulations and standards shall be set forth in writing, and copies shall be available for applicants.
Central alarm station systems. The Village Board of Trustees may prescribe the location and the manner of installation of 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 alarms.
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.
Any person, firm or corporation who does not pay any charge or fee established in this chapter, or who violates any provision of this chapter, shall be subject to a fine not in excess of $250 for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed.