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Indianapolis - Marion County, Indiana, Code of Ordinances TITLE IV - BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS AND LICENSES Chapter 811 ALARM SYSTEMS
Sec. 811-112. Definitions.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section.
Alarm administrator means the person designated by the director of the department of public safety to discharge the duties and responsibilities as prescribed in this chapter. The alarm administrator shall be an employee of the department.
Alarm business means any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity which does any of the following: monitors, leases, maintains, services, repairs, alters, replaces, moves or installs any alarm system or causes to be sold, leased, maintained, serviced, repaired, altered, replaced, moved or installed any alarm system in or on any building, structure, facility or grounds.
Alarm system means any device used for the detection of an unauthorized entry or attempted entry into a building, structure, facility or grounds, 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 Indianapolis metropolitan police department.
For the purposes of this chapter, alarm system shall not include:
An alarm installed on a motor vehicle;
An alarm designed so that the Indianapolis metropolitan police department is not notified until after the occupants, an agent of the owner or lessee, or an agent of an alarm system business has checked the alarm site and determined that the alarm was the result of criminal activity of the kind for which the alarm system was designed to give notice;
An alarm which signals or alerts only the occupants of the premises protected by the alarm system, including an alarm located on a private residence if the only response on activation of the alarm system is a sounding alarm that automatically stops within fifteen (15) minutes after activation; or
An alarm installed upon premises occupied by the United States of America, the state or any political subdivision thereof.
False alarm means an alarm eliciting a police response when the situation does not require police services. For the purposes of this chapter, this does not include alarms triggered by severe atmospheric conditions or other circumstances not reasonably under the control of the alarm user, installer or maintainer.
Monitor or monitoring means the detection from a remote location of the activation of an alarm system subject to this chapter.
Sec. 811-211. License required.
It shall be unlawful for an alarm business to operate in the city by engaging in any activity described in the definition of alarm business in section 811-112 of this Code, without first having obtained a license therefor from the alarm administrator.
(G.O. 214, 1995, § 1; G.O. 145, 1999, § 3)
Sec. 811-212. Application for license.
All applications for a license required by this article shall be made on forms designed by the alarm administrator and shall include the following information:
The full name and address of the alarm business;
The full name, business address and home address of the owner or manager; and
A telephone number at which the Indianapolis metropolitan police department can notify personnel of the alarm business of a need for assistance at any time.
An alarm business shall promptly notify the alarm administrator in writing of any change in the information contained in the application form.
(G.O. 214, 1995, § 1; G.O. 145, 1999, § 3; G.O. 110, 2005, § 52; G.O. 63, 2009, § 54)
Sec. 811-213. License fee and term.
An alarm business license shall be valid for one (1) year and shall be renewable on the first day of January of each year.
The annual license fee for each alarm business shall be provided in section 131-501 of the Code.
An alarm business license shall be personal to the holder and is not transferable.
(G.O. 214, 1995, § 1; G.O. 145, 1999, § 3; G.O. 25, 2010, § 18)
G.O. 25, § 42, passed June 7, 2010, shall be in effect from and after (a) its passage by the Council and compliance with IC § 36-3-4-14 or (b) August 1, 2010, whichever last occurs.
Sec. 811-214. Monitoring of alarm systems; reporting requirements.
Any alarm business which monitors an alarm system located within the city shall provide the following information with respect to each such alarm system it currently monitors:
The address of each property where such system is located; and
The name, mailing address and telephone number of the person having control over the property.
Such information shall be submitted to the alarm administrator on a form designated by such person, within ninety (90) days after the effective date of this ordinance, and thereafter within seven (7) days after the alarm business first monitors an alarm system, ceases to monitor an alarm system, or there is any change in the information previously submitted. Such information and forms required by this section shall be protected as confidential information and their use shall be restricted to legitimate law enforcement purposes and to enforcement of this chapter.
It is a violation of this Code for an alarm business to fail to submit information as required by this section. Such violation shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 103, Article III of this Code.
(G.O. 214, 1995, § 1; G.O. 145, 1999, § 3)
Sec. 811-215. Verification of alarm required before notification.
An alarm business which monitors an alarm system located within the city shall not notify the Indianapolis metropolitan police department that an alarm has been activated, until first attempting to verify the activation by reaching the person having control over the property by telephone, or by other means available to the alarm business. Once the agency has been notified, the alarm business shall immediately attempt to contact any other person who the alarm business knows may be able to verify the activation of the alarm. The alarm business shall immediately notify the agency if it is able to contact such other person.
Failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of this Code.
(G.O. 145, 1999, § 3; G.O. 110, 2005, § 53; G.O. 63, 2009, § 55)
Sec. 811-216. Information for alarm business customers.
An alarm business, with respect to each alarm system it monitors on property located in the city, shall provide information about the alarm system to the person who owns or controls the property. Such information shall:
Be in writing, and approved by the alarm administrator;
Include information regarding the requirements of this chapter, and the proper installation, operation and maintenance of the alarm system; and
Be provided prior to the date the alarm business first monitors the alarm system.
INDIANAPOLIS ALARM COMPANY LICENSE