Florida Senate - 2015 SB 466 By Senator Flores 37-00587A-15 2015466__ 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 authorizing a local enforcement agency to coordinate 11 the inspection of certain alarm system projects; 12 providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsections (1), (2), (4), (8), and (9) of 17 section 553.793, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 18 553.793 Streamlined low-voltage alarm system installation 19 permitting.— 20 (1) As used in this section, the term: 21 (a) “Contractor” means a person who is qualified to engage 22 in the business of electrical or alarm system contracting 23 pursuant to a certificate or registration issued by the 24 department under part II of chapter 489. 25 (b) “Low-voltage alarm system project” means a project 26 related to the installation, maintenance, inspection, 27 replacement, or service of a new or existing alarm system, as 28 defined in s. 489.505, that is hardwired and operating at low 29 voltage, as defined in the National Electrical Code Standard 70, 30 Current Edition, and ancillary components or equipment attached 31 to such a system, including, but not limited to, home-automation 32 equipment, thermostats, and video cameras. 33 (c) “Wireless alarm system” means a burglar alarm system or 34 smoke detector that is not hardwired. 35 (2) Notwithstanding any provision of law, this section 36 applies to all low-voltage alarm system projects for which a 37 permit is required by a local enforcement agency. However, a 38 permit is not required to install, maintain, inspect, replace, 39 or service a wireless alarm system, including any ancillary 40 components or equipment attached to the system. 41 (4) A local enforcement agency shall make uniform basic 42 permit labels available for purchase by a contractor to be used 43 for the installation or replacement of a new or existing alarm 44 system at a cost of not more than $40
$55per label per project 45 per unit. However, a local enforcement agency charging more than46 $55, but less than $175, for such a permit as of January 1,47 2013, may continue to charge the same amount for a uniform basic48 permit label until January 1, 2015. A local enforcement agency49 charging more than $175 for such a permit as of January 1, 2013,50 may charge a maximum of $175 for a uniform basic permit label51 until January 1, 2015.52 (a) A local enforcement agency may not require a 53 contractor, as a condition of purchasing a label, to submit any 54 information other than identification information of the 55 licensee and proof of registration or certification as a 56 contractor. 57 (b) A label is valid for 1 year after the date of purchase 58 and may only be used within the jurisdiction of the local 59 enforcement agency that issued the label. A contractor may 60 purchase labels in bulk for one or more unspecified current or 61 future projects. 62 (8) A local enforcement agency may coordinate directly with 63 the owner or customer to inspect a low-voltage alarm system 64 project may be inspected by the local enforcement agencyto 65 ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. If a low 66 voltage alarm system project fails an inspection, the contractor 67 must take corrective action as necessary to pass inspection. 68 (9) A municipality, county, district, or other entity of 69 local government may not adopt or maintain in effect any an70 ordinance or rule regarding a low-voltage alarm system project 71 that is inconsistent with this section. 72 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.