Introduced by Representative Howard of Rutland City
Subject: Municipal government; regulatory powers; security cameras; residential neighborhoods
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require permission from a local legislative body before a security camera may be used in a residential neighborhood.
AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING PERMISSION FROM A LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BODY FOR USE OF SECURITY CAMERAS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 24 V.S.A. § 2291(23) is added to read:
(23) To regulate the use of security cameras in residential or mixed residential/commercial neighborhoods by private entities pursuant to the following:
(A) No person shall use a security camera without first obtaining permission from the legislative body of the municipality in which the camera is to be used.
(B) Upon application for permission to use a security camera, the legislative body shall hold at least one public hearing duly warned for the purpose, and the person applying for the permit shall provide written notification of:
(i) the application to all persons residing within a one‑mile radius of the site at which the camera will be used; and
(ii) the time and date of the scheduled public hearing at least two weeks prior to the public hearing.
(C) If a private residence will be viewed by the security camera, no permit shall be issued without first obtaining the written consent of the owner of the residence.
(D) Prior to granting permission, the legislative body shall establish required conditions for use of the security camera.
(E) Permits granted under this subdivision shall only be valid for one year.
(F) Prior to renewal of a permit issued under this subdivision, the legislative body shall hold at least one public hearing duly warned for the purpose.
(G) A legislative body of a municipality in which security cameras are in use upon passage of this act shall notify all owners of those security cameras of the provisions of the permit requirements of this act.
(H) A person who violates the provisions of this subdivision shall be imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.
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