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A. No alarm user shall operate, or cause to be operated, an alarm system without a valid alarm permit. A separate alarm permit is required for each premises which operates or causes to operate an alarm system. Every alarm user shall file an application as provided in Section 5.08.040.

B. An alarm user shall:

1. Obtain an alarm permit for the alarm system.

2. Maintain the premises and the alarm system in a manner that will minimize or eliminate false alarms.

3. Make every reasonable effort to have a responder to the alarm system’s location within twenty minutes when requested by the police department in order to:

a. Deactivate an alarm system;

b. Provide access to the premises; and/or

c. Provide alternative security for the premises.

4. Not activate an alarm system for any reason other than an occurrence of an event that the alarm system was intended to report.

5. Adjust the mechanism or cause the mechanism to be adjusted so that an audible alarm on the exterior of a premise will sound for no longer than fifteen minutes after being activated.

6. Have a licensed alarm installation company inspect the alarm system after two false alarms in a one-year period. The chief of police may waive a required inspection if it determines that a false alarm could not have been related to a defect or malfunction in the alarm system. After four false alarms within a one-year period, the alarm user must have a licensed alarm installation company modify the alarm system to be more false alarm resistant and provide additional user training as appropriate.

7. Not use an automatic telephone dialing device.

8. Maintain at each premises, a set of written operating instructions for each alarm system.

9. Agree with their alarm installation company and/or monitoring company to go through an acclimation period for the first seven days after installation of an alarm system during which time the alarm installation company and/or monitoring company will have no obligation to respond to any alarm signal from the premises or make any alarm dispatch request of the police department, even if the alarm signal is the result of an actual alarm event. The chief of police may grant an alarm user’s request for an exemption from this waiting period based upon a determination that special circumstances substantiate the need for the exemption.

C. This section applies to all individuals and firms, who have installed and/or monitor their own alarm system. (Ord. 4649 § 1, 2011)