(A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Alarm business" means an entity that is licensed by the South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board to engage in the burglar or fire alarm system business, or both.

Terms Used In South Carolina Code 40-79-20

  • Department: means the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation;

    (5) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation or the director's official designee;

    (6) "Licensee" means a person granted an authorization to practice pursuant to this article and refers to a person holding a license, permit, certification, or registration granted pursuant to this article;

    (7) "Licensing act" means the individual statute or regulations, or both, of each regulated profession or occupation which include, but are not limited to, board governance, the qualifications and requirements for authorization to practice, prohibitions, and disciplinary procedures;

    (8) "Person" means an individual, partnership, or corporation;

    (9) "Profession" or "occupation" means a profession or occupation regulated or administered, or both, by the department pursuant to this article. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20

(2) "Bid" means an offer to furnish labor, equipment or materials, or other services regulated by this chapter.

(3) "Board" means the South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board.

(4) "Burglar alarm system business" means a person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board that designs, installs, services, maintains, or alters burglar alarm systems and heat and smoke sensors installed within a burglar alarm system; a burglar alarm system detects intrusion, burglary, and breaking or entering but does not include home health care signaling devices.

(5) "Contractor" means an entity licensed to engage in the burglar or fire alarm system business.

(6) "Department" means the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

(7) "Entity" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, cooperative, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board.

(8) "Fire alarm system business" means an individual, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board that designs, installs, services, maintains, or alters fire alarm systems.

(9) "Individual" means a natural person.

(10) "Installs" means activity or work which involves the set-up, installation, or connection of alarm system equipment in any manner to a client’s property.

(11) "Licensee" means an alarm business that has been issued a license by the board pursuant to this chapter.

(12) "Primary qualifying party" means a qualifying party who is an owner, partner, or officer of a burglar alarm system business, or a full-time employee holding a managerial or supervisory position within the alarm system business and who qualifies the licensee to engage in the burglar or fire alarm business and is registered as a qualifying party with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(13) "Qualifying party" means an individual, owner, partner, officer, or employee of an alarm system business who has met the necessary requirements of a qualifying party and is registered with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(14) "Registered" means an owner, partner, principle officer, qualifying party, or registered employee of an alarm business whose name and address has been listed or registered with the department as an individual who has access to a client’s property or burglar alarm records that can reveal, but not be limited to, the type of burglar alarm system, burglar alarm security numbers or code, or any other information pertaining to the system that could compromise the client’s burglar alarm system. This includes individuals who sell, install, or service a burglar alarm system at a client’s residence and a full-time employee. Also included is a part-time employee that has access to customers’ records or files.

(15) "Registered employee" means an individual of an alarm system business who has not met the requirements of a qualifying party and is employed more than thirty days in any given calendar year and is registered with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(16) "Administrative personnel" means an individual that performs daily office functions for the management of an alarm business.

(17) "Monitoring personnel" means an individual that performs daily office functions observing the operation and activation of alarm systems from a monitoring station.

(18) "Customer service personnel" means an individual working for a licensed alarm entity that provides support for customer problems, complaints, questions, and concerns involving an alarm system.

(19) "Alarm technician" means an individual that specializes in any activity or work related to the set-up or installation, repair, alteration, or connection of an alarm system to a client’s property.