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.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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 $55 per label per project
   45  per unit. However, a local enforcement agency charging more than
   46  $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 basic
   48  permit label until January 1, 2015. A local enforcement agency
   49  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 label
   51  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 agency to
   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 an
   70  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.