Village of Monroe, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Monroe 6-2-1977 by L.L. No. 6-1977 (Ch. 5 of the 1968 Code); amended in its entirety 10-7-1986 by L.L. No. 4-1986. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and controls of the various types of intrusion, holdup and other emergency signals from alarm devices that require response, investigation and 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 of Monroe.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
ALARM AGENT
Any person who is employed by any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity that is licensed hereunder to conduct the business of owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling alarm devices and whose duties include any of the following: selling, maintaining, leasing, servicing, repairing, moving or installing, in or on any building, place or premises, any alarm device, as defined in this chapter, within the Village of Monroe.
ALARM DEVICE
Any device which, when actuated by a criminal act or other emergency requiring 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.
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any alarm device or aggregation of 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 an alarm device or devices or system of alarm devices, which business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity is, as owner, operator, provider of maintenance service, installer, lessor or seller of said device, devices or system of devices, subject to the license requirements of this chapter.
CENTRAL ALARM STATION
Any facility operated by a private firm that owns or leases a system of 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.
COMMERCIAL USE PREMISES
Includes, but is not limited to, all property used for commercial and business, industrial, warehouse, or similar purposes.
[Added 3-19-2019 by L.L. No. 6-2019]
DIAL ALARM
Any 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 or Fire Department headquarters and reproduces a prerecorded message to report a criminal act or other emergency requiring response.
DIRECT ALARM
Any alarm device connected directly by leased telephone wires from a specific location to police or fire headquarters.
FALSE ALARM
Any signal actuated by an alarm device to which the Police or Fire Department responds, which is not the result of a fire, holdup, robbery or other crime or emergency.
INTRUSION
Any entry into an area or building equipped with one or more alarm devices by any person or object whose entry actuates an alarm device.
LICENSING AUTHORITY
The Village Board of the Village of Monroe through the Village Clerk.
POLICE AND FIRE HEADQUARTERS
Police and fire headquarters and other enclosures housing privately or publicly owned equipment serving the Police and Fire Departments.
PREMISES
Includes real property and buildings or structures.
[Added 3-19-2019 by L.L. No. 6-2019]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity to operate, maintain, install, lease or sell an alarm device or devices or system of alarm devices, as defined by the terms of this chapter, without first obtaining a license as hereinafter provided.
B. 
Authority to grant licenses and permits.
(1) 
The licensing authority is hereby authorized to grant a revocable license upon approval of the Village Board of Trustees to any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity, authorizing said business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity to do business in the Village of Monroe by performing any or all of the following functions: owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling an alarm device or devices or system of alarm devices.
(2) 
The licensing authority is hereby authorized to grant a revocable license upon approval of the Village Board to any alarm agent.
(3) 
The licensing authority is hereby authorized to grant a revocable permit to any owner of property located within the Village of Monroe or the lessee thereof to operate, maintain, install and modify an alarm device.
(4) 
All presently existing 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 such date as shall be fixed by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees.
Application for licenses and permits shall be made as follows:
A. 
All businesses, firms, corporations or other commercial entities which are in the business of owning, operating, maintaining, installing, leasing or selling an alarm device or devices or system of alarm devices who desire to conduct business in the Village of Monroe shall apply to the licensing authority for a business license on a form to be supplied by the licensing authority. The application shall contain specific provisions relating to the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the device or system of devices owned or to be operated, maintained, installed, leased or sold by the business licensee, testing procedures involved and any other information the licensing authority shall determine to be reasonably necessary to effectuate the purpose of this chapter. Such business license shall be issued for a one-year period, on a calendar-year basis or a part thereof, and no license shall extend beyond December 31 of each year. Notwithstanding this provision, a person having a business license may conduct such business through January 31 of the year following the expiration of his business license.
B. 
Any person who is to be an alarm agent in the Village of Monroe, before acting as such alarm agent, shall apply for and receive a revocable alarm agent license. The application shall be made to the licensing authority on a form to be supplied by the licensing authority. The application shall contain specific provisions relating to the alarm device or devices, holdup alarms, dial alarms or alarm installations which are to be sold, leased, installed, operated or maintained by the alarm agency, the skill and competency of the application as an alarm agency and such other information the licensing authority determines to be reasonably necessary to effectuate the purpose of this chapter. Such license shall be issued for a one-year period, on a calendar-year basis or a part thereof, and no license shall extend beyond December 31 of each year. Notwithstanding this provision, a person having an alarm agent license may act as such alarm agent through January 31 of the year following the expiration of this license.
C. 
Any owner of commercial use premises in the Village of Monroe having installed on its premises an alarm device or system of alarm devices shall apply to the licensing authority for a permit to own or to otherwise have such device or system on its premises. The application for a permit shall be on a form developed by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees and modified from time to time in the same manner and shall contain such information as deemed necessary to effectively and efficiently respond to an alarm at the premises. Such permit shall be obtained by all owners of commercial use premises by such date as shall be fixed by resolution by the Village Board of Trustees and in any event each device or system is to be installed or modified.
[Amended 3-19-2019 by L.L. No. 6-2019]
License fees for a business license, alarm agent license and owner's or lessee's permit shall be such as shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the Village offices.
A license issued under this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the licensing authority after notice and hearing by the licensing authority for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or of any regulation or regulations promulgated by the licensing authority pursuant to this chapter, and any license or identification card issued hereunder shall be surrendered immediately to the licensing authority upon such suspension or revocation. No part of a license fee shall be refunded when a license is suspended or revoked. Any applicant whose application for a license or permit has been denied or any business license alarm agent, owner or lessee whose license has been suspended or revoked by the licensing authority may appeal such denial, suspension or revocation, in writing, to the Board of Trustees within 30 days after the date of denial or of the notice of suspension or revocation and may appear before such Board of Trustees at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Trustees in support of his or its contention that the license should not have been denied, suspended or revoked. The decision of the Board of Trustees shall be final.
Every business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity conducting the business of owning, operating, installing, leasing or selling alarm devices within the Village of Monroe shall maintain complete and accurate records of all installations of alarm systems in the Village of Monroe and shall produce such records for inspection by the licensing authority upon demand.
A. 
Limitation. No alarm device shall be connected to or use any telephone line connected to police headquarters or fire reporting numbers, except those lines authorized by the licensing authority. The owner and licensee of any such alarm device which is connected, either directly or indirectly, to police headquarters or fire reporting numbers by a telephone line which has not been authorized for use for such purpose as aforesaid, on and after such date as shall be fixed by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees, shall be in violation of this chapter and be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
B. 
Intentional false alarm. It shall be a violation of this chapter to intentionally cause a false, alarm and any person who does intentionally cause a false alarm shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
C. 
Charges for false alarms.
(1) 
Any owner or lessee of property having an alarm device or system of alarm devices on his or its premises 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 alarm to which the Police or Fire Department responds as follows.
(2) 
The charges for each calendar year shall be as follows: for the first two false alarms, no charge; for the third and all subsequent false alarms within each calendar year shall be established by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees and modified from time to time in the same manner.
[Amended 3-19-2019 by L.L. No. 6-2019]
(3) 
Such 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.
D. 
Installation and maintenance. The installation and maintenance of alarm devices permitted by this chapter, including the connection to police or fire 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 alarm device equipment and shall be responsible for all malfunctions of his or its equipment.
E. 
Change of location. If the location of police or fire headquarters should be changed at any time, the village shall not be responsible for any expense incurred by the owner or lessee or business licensee or alarm agent for moving alarm systems or reconnecting such systems to the relocated police or fire headquarters.
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 alarm device, cabinet or attachment or telephone terminal which is not operated or maintained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and after notice and hearing by the licensing authority, may order the removal of the same from police or fire headquarters, and it shall be unlawful to disobey such order.
G. 
Any false alarm to which the Police or Fire Department responds brought about through a telephone answering service shall be attributable to the owner or lessee of the property activating such alarm.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
Except as stated in § 64-8C herein, 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 as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty, § 1-14. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed.