[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Boyertown 4-2-1990 by Ord. No. 3-90. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 100.
Smoke detectors — See Ch. 162.
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
- AUDIBLE ALARM
- An electronic alarm which is capable of being heard by the general public.
- ELECTRONIC ALARM
- An electronic device which is made a structural part of a building which is intended for the purpose of signaling to the Boyertown Police Department the existence of a trespasser, robbery suspect, fire or smoke conditions on the premises.
- FALSE ALARM
- An occasion in which an electronic alarm is set off, knowingly or unknowingly, on a property when an actual situation of trespass, robbery, breaking or entering, fire or smoke conditions does not exist.
On the occurrence of a false alarm set off by an electronic alarm, the owner of the alarm or the owner of the premises shall pay to the Borough of Boyertown for each such false alarm the sum of $10 in the case of an alarm at a private residence or the sum of $25 in the case of an alarm at a commercial or industrial establishment. These fees shall apply except under the following circumstances:
The owner will be granted the right to test an electronic alarm with no fee charged, provided that the Boyertown Police Department is notified in advance of the test.
The owner will be granted one false alarm per calendar month for which there will be no charge. These exemptions are granted for the calendar month and may not be accumulated.
No fee will be charged for the first 90 days following the initial installation of an electronic alarm.
If the alarm is a false audible alarm it must be reset in 10 minutes or the owner of the alarm or the owner of the premises shall pay to the Borough of Boyertown for each such alarm the sum of $10 in the case of a private residence or the sum of $25 in the case of an alarm at a commercial or industrial establishment. These fees shall apply except under the following circumstances:
The owner of an audible alarm will be granted one exemption (per calendar year) from the reset requirement for which there will be no charge.
In the event that the appropriate payment is not made by the owner of the alarm within 60 days after written notice thereof has been mailed to such owner, the owner of the premises shall then become liable for the payment of the same upon written notice thereof being mailed to him, her or it. Should the owner of the premises fail to pay the fee within 60 days after the notice to him, her or it, a lien therefor shall be filed against the property in the office of the Prothonotary of Berks County.