Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 57
Burglar and Hold-Up Alarm Businesses

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-57-14

§ 5-57-14. Alarm business license required — Licensing of electricians.

(a) It is unlawful and punishable as provided in § 5-57-41 for any person to engage in the alarm business within this state without having first obtained an alarm business license from the state licensing authority, subject to subsection (c) of this section; provided, that nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit an electrician licensed pursuant to chapter 6 of this title from installing a burglar or hold-up alarm system; and provided, that no electrician licensed pursuant to this section shall install any burglar or hold-up alarm system in any bank or other financial institution or in any residential housing with four (4) units or less.

(b) Authority for the licensing of any electrician shall be vested with the department of labor and training which shall:

(1) After receipt of an application for a license, conduct an investigation to determine whether the facts presented in the application are true and shall receive from the department of the attorney general all records of criminal information that it has or shall receive indicating any criminal activity on the part of the individual signing the application; and

(2) Deny any application of a person who has been convicted in any jurisdiction of the United States of a felony or a misdemeanor if the licensing authority finds that the conviction reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the applicant to engage in the alarm business.

(c) Every person desiring to be engaged in the alarm business within this state shall apply to the licensing authority for a license to operate an alarm business. Any person engaged in the alarm business on July 1, 1979, and filing a timely application may continue to engage in the alarm business pending a final determination of the application. Any person not having previous experience in the alarm business and filing as a new applicant who will be the owner or principal officer of the business or branch office in this state shall not engage in the alarm business until approval by the licensing authority of his or her alarm business license and I.D. card applications for himself or herself and his or her employees.

History of Section.
P.L. 1977, ch. 248, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 219, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 402, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 181, art. 12, § 2; P.L. 2019, ch. 308, art. 1, § 24.