This bill would require the Fire Department (FDNY) to issue a written warning notice to property owners, upon responding to a false alarm, that a second alarm within 18 months could result in a fine. In addition, it would provide property owners relief from the fine if they obtain a certification showing that their alarm was properly functioning within 30 days of receiving a penalty for the second alarm.
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Int. No. 1077
By Council Members Holden and Yeger (by request of the Queens Borough President)
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the fire department to issue written warning notices and grant a penalty exception to the false alarm penalty for properly functioning fire alarms
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Section 15-229 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new subdivisions e and f to read as follows:
e. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the department shall issue a written notice that a penalty will be imposed on subsequent violations to the owner or agent of the building or structure where the initial false alarm is transmitted to the department, provided no other false alarms were transmitted within the prior 18 months.
f. The department shall not impose a penalty for a violation pursuant to § 15-230 if the owner or agent of the building or structure where the false alarm was triggered can establish by certification that the alarm system was properly functioning at the time of the alarm within 30 days of the date the violation was issued.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the fire commissioner may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.
LS # 6990