There are new rules in place that impose fines for repeated false alarms.

The Sandy Springs City Council approved the new fees during its regular meeting on Nov. 6, but amended the resolution to remove language allowing the city to charge a fee for an alarm permit.

Police Chief Terry Sult said the previous ordinance on the books wasn’t being enforced for a variety of reasons.

Here is the new fee structure:

Penalties for excessive false alarms to summon the Police Department:

(a) First and second false alarm – no charge

(b) Third through fifth false alarm – $50

(c) Sixth false alarm – $100

(d) Seventh false alarm – $150

(e) Eighth false alarm – $250

(f) Ninth false alarm – $350

(g) Tenth and over false alarm – $500

(h) Failure to register – $100

Penalties for excessive false alarms to summon the Fire Department:

(i) First false fire alarm – no charge

(j) Second through 10th false fire alarm – $250

(k) Tenth and over false fire alarm – $500

(l) Failure to register – $100

Joe Earle

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