A. The purpose of this chapter is to provide guidance and policy for alarm users and alarm businesses regarding responsible use of personal and business security and emergency alarms. The procedures herein ensure that owners or leasers of alarm systems and alarm companies know their responsibilities for maintaining the mechanical reliability and the proper use of alarm systems to prevent unnecessary police emergency response to false alarms. Proper use of alarms and accountability for improper use contributes to the protection of the emergency response capability of the City.
B. This chapter governs burglary and robbery alarm systems, states the requirements of permitting systems, provides guidance for excessive false alarm fines, provides for discontinuation and/or reactivation of police response to locations with excessive false alarm occurrences, and establishes a system of administration within the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Other chapters of the Portland City Code will continue to govern other emergency alarm types, such as fire or environmental hazard alarms.