Alarm system means any device used for the detection of an unauthorized entry or attempted entry into a building, structure or facility or for alerting others of the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure, facility or grounds, which when activated causes notification to be made directly or indirectly to the Richmond Police Department.
An alarm permit application must be made by a person or legal entity who has control over the property on which the alarm system is to be installed and operated. The fee for an alarm system permit is ten dollars ($10.00) for the first term of the permit. Permits may be renewed upon expiration for a ten ($10.00) dollars fee for a new term. Terms are two years. The permit holder must promptly notify the City Clerk or his designee in writing of any change in the information contained in the permit application.
It shall be unlawful for a person in control of property to operate, cause to be operated, or permit the operation of an alarm system on that property unless a current permit has been obtained from the City Clerk. Failure to secure a permit within 72 hours of installation will constitute violation of this ordinance. For more information refer to Richmond City Code Chapter 120.
Operating an alarm without a permit is subject is a fine of one hundred($100.00) dollars.
False Alarms are a violation. Upon the third (3rd) citation for a false alarm, the Department of Law shall deliver to the permit holder by first class mail a notice that the permit holder will be subject a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) upon the occurrence of each subsequent (4th or more) false alarm within said twelve (12) month period. The fourth and each subsequent false fire alarm within a calendar year shall result in a fine of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). For more information regarding alarm violations and enforcement, refer to Richmond City Code Chapter 120.