The alarm review board shall consist of three members. There shall be one representative from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. There shall be two members appointed by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, including one from the professional alarm industry in Alachua County, and one member from the public at-large.
According to the Alachua County Burglar and Fire Alarm Ordinance, a false alarm means the activation of an alarm system for any reason other than a criminal offense or an attempted criminal offense, and a subsequent response by the Sheriff to that alarm site. A false alarm does not include:
An alarm operator may appeal the assessment of a fee, permit suspension, or permit revocation. The alarm operator shall notify the alarm administrator in writing within ten days of receipt of notice of fine, suspension or revocation. Proper notification shall stay the imposition of a fee, suspension or revocation, until a decision is made by the alarm review authority. The alarm review authority means the city manager or designee.
If emergency personnel respond and find no evidence of criminal activity, fire or smoke, or a medical need, the alarm call will be cleared as a false alarm.
An Alarm Dispatch Request which is canceled by the Alarm Monitoring Company prior to the arrival of emergency responders shall not be considered a False Alarm Dispatch, unless it is a silent, panic, or robbery type alarm or fire alarm.
When considering whether to file an appeal of a false alarm assessment, please note that appeals will not be granted for false alarms that are a result of the following circumstances.