Notice of offence
A notice of offence is issued at the second false alarm of a security or fire alarm system. When activated, the flashing of lights and the sounding of the siren shall not exceed 15 consecutive minutes.
Whoever contravenes this by-law commits an offence and is liable to, in addition to related fees:
[1.] for a first offence, a fine of at least one hundred ($100) but no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), in the case of a natural person, and of at least two hundred dollars ($200) but no more than two thousand dollars($2,000) in the case of a legal entity;
[2.] in the event of a second offence, a fine of at least two hundred ($200) but no more than two thousand dollars ($2,000), in the case of a natural person, and of at least four hundred dollars ($400) but no more than four thousand dollars ($4,000), in the case of a legal entity.
Useless and costly interventions
Most alarms requiring a response are false alarms. They waste the time of emergency personnel (police or fire department, etc) who must get to the site of the alarm and wait for the arrival of the person responsible for the building. They may also delay emergency response to true emergencies. Therefore, false alarms have important social and financial consequences.