[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of North Hills 10-10-1979 by L.L. No. 10-1979 (Ch. 71 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 108.
This chapter shall be known as the "Alarm System Law" and is intended to foster and render more effective the installation of alarm systems having the capability of calling or signaling law enforcement authorities.
For the purposes of this chapter, the term "alarm systems" shall refer to a burglar alarm system, a fire alarm system or a system combining the elements of a burglar alarm and fire alarm system or a system for transmission of other emergency signals.
No owner, tenant, resident or occupant (hereinafter collectively referred to as "resident") of any building or structure in the Village of North Hills shall install or cause to be installed in any premises in the Village any alarm system, signaling device, or any other mechanical or electronic device or apparatus as part of an alarm system without receiving a permit for such installation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no permit shall be required for any alarm system in the Village for which a permit has been issued by Nassau County.
Applications for permits shall be on a form prescribed by the Village Clerk.
Permits shall be issued by the Mayor or such other person as authorized by law.
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant demonstrates that the alarm system to be installed meets the standards set forth in this chapter.
An application for a permit shall constitute an authorization that the Village may, on reasonable notice to the resident, inspect the alarm system for the purpose of determining whether the system continues to comply with the standards set forth in this chapter.
All alarm systems referred to in this chapter shall, at the time of their installation and at all times that such alarm systems shall be operative, meet the following standards:
All alarm systems must meet reasonable safety standards, such as those acceptable to Underwriters' Laboratories or equivalent.
Every alarm system must be equipped with a red reminder light to indicate an alarm system is in operation, which light must be installed in an obvious location at the principal entrance/exit from the building or structure. It may be located on either the inside or the outside of the building or structure.
All alarm systems capable of emitting audible signals shall be equipped with an operating device which will automatically, by mechanical, electrical or other means, shut off such audible signal after 30 minutes of continuous sound audible beyond the boundaries of the premises in which the alarm system is located.
All alarm systems shall be equipped with a time delay of at least 15 seconds to permit shutoff of the alarm by residents in the event of an accidental triggering of the alarm.
Alarm systems installed or in use at the effective date of this chapter shall conform to the requirements of this chapter within 120 days after the effective date hereof. Residents shall apply for permits for such systems within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter.
All references in the chapter to "Village" shall refer to the Village of North Hills.
No resident shall suffer or permit any alarm system installed upon his or her premises to emit a sound audible beyond the boundaries of said premises for a continuous period in excess of 30 minutes.
In any case where the alarm system emits sound in violation of the foregoing subsection, the operation or maintenance of the alarm system shall be deemed to constitute the grant of permission by the owners and occupants of the premises for law enforcement or fire officials to enter the said premises and investigate and to disconnect the alarm system.
The term "false alarm" as used herein shall mean any emergency message or signal which is transmitted, to which the police or other emergency personnel respond, and which signal is not the result of a robbery, burglary, other crime, fire or emergency. An activated alarm signal which is promptly followed by a call to the appropriate authorities (police or fire) properly notifying the said authorities that the signal is to be disregarded shall not constitute a false alarm.
Any resident having an alarm system emitting a false alarm shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine as follows for each and every false alarm within any calendar year:
First or second false alarm in the first month after issuance of a permit required pursuant to this chapter: no charge.
First through third false alarm of each calendar year thereafter: no charge.
Any resident violating the provisions of this chapter, except the provisions of § 71-8 hereof, shall be punished as provided for in § 1-12 of this Code. Each day that such a violation occurs or continues shall be a separate violation of this chapter.