City of Wheat Ridge Ordinances

 The following are City Ordinances of interest related to smoking on City Property and those that apply to the use of direct alarm services and false alarms reported to the Police Department.

 Smoking on City Property

Ordinance 1584 addressed smoking on City Property as follows:

The  City  Council  finds, determines and  declares  that  it  is  in  the  best interest of the  people  of  this  City  to  protect  nonsmokers  from  involuntary  exposure  to environmental  smoke  in  most  areas  open  to  the  public,  public  meetings,  food service  establishments,  and  places  of employment. The  City  Council  further finds ,  determines  and declares  that  a  balance  should  be  struck  between  the health  concerns  of  nonconsumers  of  tobacco  and  marijuana  products  and  the
need  to  minimize  unwarranted  governmental  intrusion  into,  and  regulation  of, private  spheres  of  conduct  and  choice  with respect  to  the  use  or  nonuse  of tobacco and  marijuana products in  certain designated  public areas and  in  private
places. Therefore,  the  City  Council  hereby  declares  that  the  purpose  of this Article  is  to  preserve  and  improve  the  health,  comfort,  and  environment  of the people of this City by  limiting exposure to tobacco and  marijuana smoke.

Some restrictions are as follows but additional information can be found in Ordinance 1584

In  order to reduce  the  levels of exposure to  environmental smoke, smoking shall  not be  permitted  and  no person shall  smoke in  any indoor area,  including but not limited to:

  • Public meeting places
  • Elevators
  • Government-owned or operated means of mass transportation, including , but not limited to,  buses , vans , and trains
  • Taxicabs and  limousines
  • Grocery stores
  • Gymnasiums
  • Jury waiting and  deliberation  rooms; 
  • Courtrooms
  • Child  day care facilities
  • Health  care  facilities  including  hospitals,  health  care  clinics ,  doctor's
    offices, and  other health care  related facilities 

Direct Alarm Systems

Section 19-115 Direct alarms prohibited: exceptions.

 a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, lease, install, maintain or have in operation on his premises in the City, any direct alarm device.b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals, schools, or treatment centers, or where the use of such device is required by virtue of federal, state or city regulations, law or ordinance such as an FDIC-insured institution or where the chief of police in his discretion determines that a pattern of crimes or the reoccurrence of criminal activity justifies installing direct alarm devices in specific locations until the chief further determines that the criminal pattern or reoccurring criminal activity has ceased, or that maintenance of such direct alarm devices is no longer necessary.

 False Alarms

 Section 19-118 Charges for false alarms.

 No alarm user shall be charged for any of the first twelve (12) false alarms in any one (1) calendar year, provided that not more than three (3) such false alarms occur in any calendar month. The first false alarm after twelve (12) in any one (1) year or three (3) in any calendar month shall result in a charge being imposed in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), the second false alarm shall result in a charge of fifty dollars ($50.00) and all subsequent false alarms shall result in a charge of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

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