Palm Springs

Alarm Ordinance

Palm Springs, CA Alarm Ordinance 

PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION:

 5.02.075 False alarm response fees.

(a)        In addition to the fees stated herein, an alarm user may become

liable to the city for a civil penalty for police and/or fire departments

responding to repeated false fire, emergency medical, and/or burglary alarms

emitted by the user's alarm system. A false alarm response civil penalty, in

amounts as the council may establish by resolution, shall be paid to the

city by the alarm user for every false fire, emergency medical, and burglary

alarm occurring on the second and any subsequent false alarms received from

any one source or from any one alarm system within any consecutive three

hundred sixty-five day period. No false alarm civil penalty shall be charged

for false fire, emergency medical, and/or burglary alarms occurring within

thirty days following initial installation of any new alarm system provided

the system otherwise complies with the requirements of this chapter. A

higher civil penalty may be established for each additional false fire,

emergency medical, robbery, and/or burglary alarm received during any

consecutive three hundred sixty-five day period. Multiple false fire,

emergency medical, and/or burglary alarm calls received in any one

twenty-four hour period shall be considered a single event for the purpose

of assessing a civil penalty.

 

(b)        A false robbery alarm response civil penalty, in amounts as the

council may establish by resolution, shall be paid by the alarm user to the

city for every false robbery alarm occurring on the second or any subsequent

false robbery alarm received from any one source or from any one alarm

system within any consecutive three hundred sixty-five day period. A higher

civil penalty may be established for each additional false robbery alarm

received during any consecutive three hundred sixty-five day period as

determined by the police chief.

 

(c)        Any fire, emergency medical, and/or burglar alarm which causes

more than eight false alarms, or robbery alarm which causes more than four

false alarms, may be declared a nuisance, and will be subject to revocation

of permit as specified in Section 5.02.080 of this chapter. False alarms

responded to beyond eight for fire, emergency medical, or burglary and four

for robbery will continue to be billed at the rate specified on the city of

Palm Springs alarm application permit, and the police department will no

longer be required to respond to burglar alarms at such address and the fire

department will no longer be required to respond to fire or emergency

medical alarms at such address once the police and/or fire department has

sent a letter, return receipt requested, to the owner or occupant of the

building advising of the cessation of such service and the police and or

fire department has received the return receipt.

 

(d)        A response to a non-permitted fire, emergency medical, burglar,

or robbery alarm, whether false or valid, shall result in a non-permitted

alarm civil penalty. If an alarm user's permit is applied for within thirty

days of the response to a non-permitted fire, emergency medical, burglar, or

robbery alarm, the non-permitted alarm civil penalty shall be waived.

However, if an alarm user's permit is not applied for within thirty days of

the response, each additional response to a non-permitted location, whether

false or valid, will result in a higher civil penalty, as set forth on the

city of Palm Springs alarm application permit. Should a non-permitted false

fire, emergency medical, burglar alarm frequency reach more than eight or a

non-permitted false robbery alarm reach more than four in any three hundred

sixty-five day period, the person responsible for such alarm location shall

be notified by certified mail that the police and or fire department will no

longer respond to alarms at that location.

 

(e)        All fees established and/or levied by this section shall be paid

to the city within thirty days from the date of the invoice by the holder of

the alarm user's permit or the owner of the premises upon which the alarm

system is located if no permit has been issued for the alarm system.

 

(f)         All unpaid fees shall accrue interest at five percent.

 

(g)        The chief of police or the fire chief may suspend a fee required

to be assessed for a second false alarm occurring with any three hundred

sixty-five day period pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) of

this section, if the person liable for such assessment successfully

completes a diversion program. (Ord. 1683 2, 2006; Ord. 1678 5, 2005;

Ord. 1655 2, 2004: Ord. 1430 1 (part), 1993)

 

Bail Schedule

False Alarms Police - Permitted Alarms (Ord. 1430)

1st in 365 days No charge
2nd in 365 days $150.00
3rd in 365 days $200.00
4th in 365 days $250.00
5th or more $250.00

 

Non-Permitted Alarms

1st in 365 days No charge
2nd in 365 days $150.00
3rd in 365 days $200.00
4th in 365 days $250.00
5th or more $250.00