Town of Old Lyme, CT
New London County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Lyme 3-26-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 95.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide minimum standards for the use of alarm systems calling for emergency response, including fire and police response, in order to reduce the number of false alarms and to promote the responsible use of alarm devices within the Town of Old Lyme.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM BUSINESS
A business engaged in the sale, lease, installation, service, maintenance, repair, alteration or monitoring of emergency alarm systems.
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ALARM DEVICE 
 Any device which, when activated, calls for emergency response by:
A. 
Transmission of a signal to a dispatching agent (public or private); or
B. 
Emission of an audible signal heard off premises.
ALARM USER
Any person on whose premises an alarm device is maintained within the Town of Old Lyme, except for an alarm device on motor vehicles.
AUTOMATIC DIAL ALARM
A telephone device which transmits a prerecorded voice message to another location.
DISPATCHING AGENT
A station (public or private) which monitors alarm devices.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
The public dispatching agent located at State Police Barracks, Westbrook, Connecticut.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm device through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm device or of his employees or agents, or the testing thereof without the prior notification required by § 6-9C. This definition specifically excludes false alarms caused by weather conditions, power failure, or telephone equipment malfunction.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
All alarm devices shall be registered by the alarm user with the Old Lyme Fire Marshal, in accordance with such procedure as he shall establish. Reasonable registration fees, established by said Fire Marshal, shall be charged to cover administrative costs.
All alarm devices shall be installed by technicians licensed by the State of Connecticut.
An alarm user whose alarm device is monitored by a private dispatching agent requesting emergency response by the regional emergency communications center shall:
A. 
Secure approval by said emergency communications center of the type of alarm equipment, prior to installation;
B. 
Register with said emergency communications center prior to initial activation of the alarm device; and
C. 
Provide all equipment necessary for systems interface.
The installation or use of automatic dial alarm devices is prohibited.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The exterior alarm signal of an audible alarm device shall be restricted to a maximum period of 30 minutes, unless otherwise required by law.
There shall be no more than two false alarms from any one alarm device during a twelve-month period.
A. 
Each alarm user shall maintain all components of his alarm device in good working order.
B. 
Each alarm device shall be tested at least once each year, which testing shall be conducted only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
C. 
Prior notification to the dispatching agent monitoring the alarm device shall be made prior to testing or maintenance work.
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Maintenance records for all alarm devices shall be maintained by the alarm user and shall be available for inspection by the Town Fire Marshal upon request.
Administration and enforcement of this chapter shall be by the Old Lyme Fire Marshal. The Town, upon authorization of its Fire Marshal, may institute civil proceedings to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $100 for each such violation. Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.