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A person receiving a notice of a false alarm fine may appeal the assessment in writing to the Kitsap County Alarm Appeals Administrator.
The Kitsap County Alarm Ordinance defines a False Alarm as: “any activation of an alarm system to summon public safety personnel or a request to dispatch public safety personnel due to an alarm activation, when a situation requiring a public safety response does not exist, meaning (1) no evidence of an emergency; or (2) the cancellation of a unverified alarm dispatch request after public safety personnel respond at the alarm site. A false alarm includes an alarm signal caused by conditions of nature, which are normal for that area. A false alarm does not include an alarm signal caused by extraordinarily violent conditions of nature such as tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes or as provided in this chapter.”
An appeal of an administrative assessment of a false alarm fine or other administrative violation of the Alarm Ordinance may be appealed to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Alarm Appeals Administrator. The appeal must be made by utilizing the approved Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office False Alarm Fee Appeal Form and specifically identify what is being appealed and the facts and documentation, if any, supporting the reasons for the appeal. The appeal must be made within 30-days calendar days from the notice of an administrative penalty. The appeal may be submitted to mail or email to the following address:
Alarm Appeals Administrator
614 Division Street, MS-37
Port Orchard, WA 98366
The Alarm Appeals Administrator will review the request to appeal any supporting documents, using a preponderance of the evidence standard, and issue a written decision within 14-days from the alarm appeals administrator’s receipt of the appeal request. The Alarm Appeals Administrator has the discretion, but not the obligation, to reduce or waive any penalty or reverse any other enforcement decision when deemed appropriate. The Alarm Appeals Administrator’s decision is considered final. Payment will be immediately due upon the issuance of the written decision of the alarm appeals administrator.
Appeals are not generally granted as a result of the following:
Faulty, defective or malfunctioning equipment supplied/installed by an alarm company.
Improper installation or maintenance by an alarm company.
Improper monitoring by an alarm company.
Alarm activations that occur while alarm technicians are repairing or servicing the alarm system.
An occurrence where no evidence of criminal activity, fire, or medical need is present.
Mistakes made by private contractors, maids, cleaning crews, visitors, etc.
Item(s) within the home or business that move causing motion detectors to activate (i.e. curtains, signs, balloons, etc.).
Doors or windows with a break in contacts that activate the alarm system, not due to criminal activity.
Caretakers who watch homes or businesses when owners are away and who activate the alarm in error or are not familiar with required codes or passwords.
Pets, rodents or wildlife movement in or near the home or business.
Alarms caused by Apartment Management Employees.
This list is only a guide to assist you in deciding whether to appeal a false alarm. This list is not intended to cover every situation where an appeal may be denied.
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