[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-19-1987 by Ord. No. 87-6 as §§ 5.15 and 5.20 of the 1987 Code; amended in its entirety 9-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-18]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the City to encourage the installation of reliable alarm systems to provide additional protection from events which might be a danger to persons and property but to discourage the incidence of preventable or avoidable false alarms and protect the City from unnecessary expense and damage claims which may arise from the City responding to a false alarm.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Any business operated by a person for profit which alters, installs, leases, maintains, monitors, replaces, sells, services or responds to an alarm system or which causes any of these activities to take place.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- One or more devices installed or placed to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention to which the Fire Department or Police Department is expected to respond.
- ALARM USER
- Any person who owns or rents the premises on which an alarm system is maintained within the City or the City Fire District.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system through negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of his employees or agents, the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure or malfunction because of improper maintenance by the alarm user, or the activation of an alarm system because of improper installation and/or use of equipment by the alarm business, but does not include alarms caused by tornadoes, earthquakes or other violent conditions or acts of God.
- FIRE ALARM
- An alarm system signaling the presence of fire or smoke.
Fees. An alarm user shall pay to the Fire Department, within 10 days after activation, the following service fees for false fire alarms which occur within a calendar year (January 1 through December 31).
[Amended 7-11-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-05]
Determination of false alarm. The Fire Chief shall determine whether or not the activation of an alarm was a false alarm as defined in § 120-2 above.
Correction of alarm deficiencies. An alarm user shall correct any deficiencies in equipment or operation of his alarm system within 15 days following either his actual knowledge of such deficiency or the mailing of a written notice from the Clerk-Treasurer, whichever date is earlier. In the event that such deficiency cannot be corrected within the fifteen-day period, the alarm system shall be deactivated until such corrections are completed.
Appeal. Any person aggrieved by any provision of this section may, within five business days, submit a written appeal to the Council. The Council shall hear the matter at a time scheduled by the City Clerk and render its decision, in writing, within three days.