Florida Senate - 2015 CS for SB 466 By the Committee on Regulated Industries; and Senator Flores 580-01940-15 2015466c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to low-voltage alarm systems; amending 3 s. 553.793, F.S.; revising the definition of the term 4 “low-voltage alarm system project” and adding the 5 definition of the term “wireless alarm system”; 6 providing that a permit is not required to install, 7 maintain, inspect, replace, or service a wireless 8 alarm system and its ancillary components; reducing 9 the maximum price for permit labels for alarm systems; 10 prohibiting a local enforcement agency from requiring 11 the payment of any additional fees, charges, or 12 expenses associated with the installation or 13 replacement of a new or existing alarm system; 14 authorizing a local enforcement agency to coordinate 15 the inspection of certain alarm system projects; 16 providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Subsections (1), (2), (4), (8), and (9) of 21 section 553.793, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 22 553.793 Streamlined low-voltage alarm system installation 23 permitting.— 24 (1) As used in this section, the term: 25 (a) “Contractor” means a person who is qualified to engage 26 in the business of electrical or alarm system contracting 27 pursuant to a certificate or registration issued by the 28 department under part II of chapter 489. 29 (b) “Low-voltage alarm system project” means a project 30 related to the installation, maintenance, inspection, 31 replacement, or service of a new or existing alarm system, as 32 defined in s. 489.505, that is hardwired and operating at low 33 voltage, as defined in the National Electrical Code Standard 70, 34 Current Edition, and ancillary components or equipment attached 35 to such a system, including, but not limited to, home-automation 36 equipment, thermostats, and video cameras. 37 (c) “Wireless alarm system” means a burglar alarm system or 38 smoke detector that is not hardwired. 39 (2) Notwithstanding any provision of law, this section 40 applies to all low-voltage alarm system projects for which a 41 permit is required by a local enforcement agency. However, a 42 permit is not required to install, maintain, inspect, replace, 43 or service a wireless alarm system, including any ancillary 44 components or equipment attached to the system. 45 (4) A local enforcement agency shall make uniform basic 46 permit labels available for purchase by a contractor to be used 47 for the installation or replacement of a new or existing alarm 48 system at a cost of not more than $40
$55per label per project 49 per unit. The local enforcement agency may not require the 50 payment of any additional fees, charges, or expenses associated 51 with the installation or replacement of a new or existing alarm 52 system. However, a local enforcement agency charging more than53 $55, but less than $175, for such a permit as of January 1,54 2013, may continue to charge the same amount for a uniform basic55 permit label until January 1, 2015. A local enforcement agency56 charging more than $175 for such a permit as of January 1, 2013,57 may charge a maximum of $175 for a uniform basic permit label58 until January 1, 2015.59 (a) A local enforcement agency may not require a 60 contractor, as a condition of purchasing a label, to submit any 61 information other than identification information of the 62 licensee and proof of registration or certification as a 63 contractor. 64 (b) A label is valid for 1 year after the date of purchase 65 and may only be used within the jurisdiction of the local 66 enforcement agency that issued the label. A contractor may 67 purchase labels in bulk for one or more unspecified current or 68 future projects. 69 (8) A local enforcement agency may coordinate directly with 70 the owner or customer to inspect a low-voltage alarm system 71 project may be inspected by the local enforcement agencyto 72 ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. If a low 73 voltage alarm system project fails an inspection, the contractor 74 must take corrective action as necessary to pass inspection. 75 (9) A municipality, county, district, or other entity of 76 local government may not adopt or maintain in effect any an77 ordinance or rule regarding a low-voltage alarm system project 78 that is inconsistent with this section. 79 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.