Intruder alarms serve a valuable purpose, but when an alarm sounds in error it can rapidly become a nuisance to the local community.
Under the provisions of Part III, Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Chesterfield Borough Council has a legal duty to investigate complaints of Statutory Noise Nuisance, and when intruder alarms sound falsely and persistently they can be determined as a legal nuisance.
Chesterfield Borough Council has the powers to stop the nuisance from occurring and prevent it from recurring. After all reasonable attempts have been made to find a owner/occupier of the premises, investigating officers can obtain a warrant from the Magistrates Court to enter the premises and disable the alarm for ourselves. This can result in the locks being changed by a locksmith and the alarm disconnected by an alarm engineer. The alarm owner is responsible for all costs incurred.
Key holder database
Chesterfield Borough Council maintains a database of alarm key holder details, and having your details added to the database is free. Should your alarm sound in error when you are away, an investigating officer would be able to contact someone off the database on your behalf and arrange for them to turn the alarm off.
The database is maintained confidentially, and only authorised officers have access to the information. If you wish to have your alarm key holder details added to the database, please complete Form A below.
The completed forms should be sent to:
Form B is a notification to the local environmental health authority of new alarm installation or a change of alarm holder.
The completed forms should be returned to:
Chesterfield Borough Council
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.