[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield 11-1-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 82, Alarm Systems, adopted 4-6-1987.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Ordinance Regulating Fire, Burglar and Intrusion Alarm Systems."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the public safety and welfare by reducing the number of false alarms, providing for the effective deployment of Police and Fire Department personnel, reducing the hazard to the public and members of the Police and Fire Departments which occurs during responses to false alarms and promoting the responsible use of fire, burglar and intrusion alarm devices.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- To engage in the supplying, installation, maintenance or servicing of fire, burglar or intrusion alarm devices or systems.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device which, when activated by fire, heat, smoke, intrusion or other cause, automatically transmits a telephone signal or audio or visual signal to which the Brookfield Police or Fire Department is expected to respond. Excluded from the scope of this definition or chapter are devices designed and intended solely to alert or signal any persons within the premises in which the device is installed.
- ALARM USER
- That person whose name appears on the registration form as the user or, if there is no such registration, the owner of the premises upon which the alarm system is located.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
- An alarm system using a telephone device or attachment that mechanically or electronically selects a telephone line to reproduce a prerecorded voice message to report a fire or other emergency calling for Police or Fire Department response.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of his guests, employees or agents. Such terminology does not include, for example, alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other violent conditions. "False alarms" as defined in this chapter do not include those alarms which are transmitted with criminal, malicious or mischievous intent.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
No person shall install or operate an alarm system within the Town of Brookfield until an application has been filed with the Chief of Police of the Town of Brookfield and a permit authorizing the installation and operation of said alarm system has been issued by the Chief of Police. The application shall include the name, telephone number and address of the alarm user and at least two other persons who shall have access to the alarm system in order to reset the system or disconnect the same when necessary. Said application shall contain other information as may be requested by the Chief of Police or the Brookfield Fire Department. A fee of $10 shall be paid to the Town of Brookfield upon the filing of the application. However, no fee shall be charged with respect to applications for the registration of alarm systems installed in buildings owned or leased by the Town of Brookfield, the State of Connecticut or the United States of America. Said permit shall be valid until January 1 of the year following its issuance, unless suspended or revoked by the Chief of Police. Said permit may be renewed annually by filing an application with the Chief of Police. Said renewal application shall contain such information as may be requested by the Chief of Police. There shall be no fee imposed for renewal applications.
All alarm systems, as defined in this chapter, which sound an audible signal which may be heard outside of the protected premises shall be equipped with a device which shall limit the duration of the audible signal to not more than 15 minutes.
No alarm equipment shall be installed or used within the Town of Brookfield unless said equipment meets the specification promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association and the specifications contained within the Connecticut Building Code. Said equipment must also be listed by the Underwriters Laboratory.
Editor's Note: See Chapter 541 of the General Statutes.
No automatic telephone dialing device shall be interconnected to any number maintained by the Brookfield Fire Department or the Brookfield Police Department. The provisions of this section shall not apply to alarm systems installed in buildings owned or leased by the Town of Brookfield, the State of Connecticut or the United States of America. Alarm systems used in such buildings may be interconnected by automatic telephone dialing devices to a number maintained by the Brookfield Fire or Police Department with the prior written approval of the Chief of said Department.
There are hereby imposed the following penalties upon an alarm user whose system transmits a false alarm:
For the first false alarm: written notice.
For the second false alarm within 12 months of first date: written notice.
For the third false alarm within 12 months of first date: written notice and a violation fine of $25.
For the fourth through the seventh false alarm within 12 months of the first date: written notice and a violation fine of $50 per false alarm.
For the eighth and each subsequent false alarm within 12 months of the first date: written notice and a violation fine of $100 per false alarm.
The failure of the alarm user to correct the malfunctioning system and/or respond to this notification within 10 days shall result in suspension or revocation of the alarm user's permit by the Chief of Police.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, a first false alarm occurring within one month after the issuance of a permit shall not be taken into account for the purposes of this section.
Any person who performs or causes to be performed any of the following acts shall be subject to a fine pursuant to Section 7-148 of the Connecticut General Statutes not to exceed $100 for each such act:
Intentional causing of a false alarm.
Failure to register an alarm system or give notice of changes in registration information as required by this chapter. Each day of such failure shall constitute a separate violation.
Use of an automatic dial alarm or an exterior audible alarm device in violation of the provisions of this chapter. Each day of such use shall constitute a separate violation.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, the Town, its departments, officers, agents and employees shall be under no obligation whatsoever concerning the adequacy, operation or maintenance of any alarm device or of alarm-monitoring facilities. No liability whatsoever is assumed for the failure of such alarm devices or monitoring facilities or for failure to respond to alarms or for any other act or omission in connection with such alarm devices.
Any person or entity aggrieved by the actions of the Chief of Police in refusing to issue a permit hereunder, in suspending or revoking a permit or imposing fines for false alarms may appeal, in writing, to the Board of Selectmen within 10 days of receipt of written notice from the Chief of Police of said action. The Board of Selectmen shall hear said appeal within 30 days of receipt of said written notice of appeal and shall render a decision on the appeal within 30 days following the date of the hearing. The Board of Selectmen may sustain the appeal, in whole or in part, may dismiss the appeal and may take such further action concerning said appeal as the Board of Selectmen deem appropriate. The decision of the Board of Selectmen shall be final and no further appeal shall be permitted.
This chapter shall take effect on January 1, 1994. Alarm systems in existence on the effective date of this chapter shall be disconnected and rendered inoperable by the property owner within 60 days following the effective date of this chapter unless a permit is obtained from the Chief of Police authorizing the continued use and operation of said alarm system.