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The Daly City municipal code defines a "False alarm" as an alarm signal, eliciting a response by the police or fire department when a situation requiring a response does not, in fact, exist, but does not include an alarm signal caused by violent conditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm business operator or alarm user.

 

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Permits

Every alarm user shall obtain an alarm user's permit for each system prior to use of an alarm system. Users of systems using fire, robbery and/or burglary alarm capabilities shall obtain separate permits for each function. Any person operating a non-licensed alarm system will be subject to a fine of $50.00. There will also be a fine for false alarms. There is no charge for the first false alarm and $100.00 for each subsequent false alarm.

Application for an alarm user's permit shall be filed with the Finance Department each year. The application form is located under the “Resources” menu, and by clicking on the tab labeled “Forms.” A copy of the form is also available by clicking on this link:

Application Form

A connection fee of $25.00 will be made with original application. Each permit shall bear the signature of the chief of police and will be for a one-year period. The permit shall be physically displayed upon the premises using the alarm system and shall be available for inspection by the chief of police or the fire chief. Renewal fees of $25.00 for all alarm users will be by the calendar year.

A revoked user's permit shall be obtained from the Finance Department by filing an application and paying a fee. Each permit shall bear the signature of the chief of police and shall bear the same expiration date as the revoked permit. The permit shall be physically displayed upon the premises using the alarm system and shall be available for inspection by the fire chief and/or chief of police.

If a residential alarm user is over the age of sixty years and a primary resident of the residence and if no business is conducted in the residence, a user's permit may be obtained from the Finance Department without the payment of a fee.

The application form can be downloaded here. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.

 

What is a False Alarm?

The Daly City municipal code defines a "False alarm" as an alarm signal, eliciting a response by the police or fire department when a situation requiring a response does not, in fact, exist, but does not include an alarm signal caused by violent conditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm business operator or alarm user.

The first false alarm fee will be waived, but every subsequent false alarm will have a $100.00 fee.

False alarms - Permit revocation

Any alarm system which has four or more false alarms within a permit year shall be subject to permit revocation. If the communications division records four or more false alarms within a permit year for any alarm system:

1. The chief of police shall notify the alarm user and the alarm business providing service or inspection to the user by certified mail of such fact and direct that the user submit a report to the chief of police within ten days of receipt of the notice describing actions taken or to be taken to discover and eliminate the false alarms.

2. If no report is submitted, or if the chief of police determines that the actions taken or to be taken will not prevent the occurrence of false alarms, the chief of police shall give notice on the tenth day, after the date of the notice, if the user does not file within that period a written request for a hearing.

3. If a hearing is requested, written notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be served on the user by the council, by certified mail at least ten days prior to the date set for the hearing, which date shall not be more than thirty nor less than ten days from the date notice of the hearing is mailed to the alarm user and/or the alarm business.

4. The hearing shall be before the council and the chief of police or fire chief and the alarm user shall have the right to present written and oral material.

5. If the council determines that four or more false alarms have occurred in a permit year, and that the user has not taken actions which will prevent the reoccurrence of false alarms, the council shall order the revocation of the user's permit.

6. An alarm user shall immediately discontinue use of the alarm system upon being notified by certified mail of the revocation of a permit.

7. An alarm user whose permit has been revoked may apply for a revoked user's permit. The chief of police shall not be required to issue a revoked user's permit unless he is satisfied that the user's system has been properly serviced and its deficiencies corrected. The chief of police may impose reasonable restrictions and conditions upon the user, before issuing a revoked user's permit, which restrictions and conditions shall be written on the permit and shall provide for summary revocation on the occurrence of four false alarms in the permit year.

8. In situations permitting summary revocation, revocation shall be effective on the third day following the mailing by certified mail by the chief of police of a notice of revocation. There shall be no appeal of a summary revocation.