To register an alarm system, residents must fill out a specific form and submit it to the designated agency along with a fee. Alarm registration instructions vary by location, but they typically can be found at police department, sheriff department or city finance department websites.
Alarm registration is required by cities or municipalities that have an alarm ordinance, and owners of installed alarm systems must follow registration guidelines in a timely manner. Alarm registration or permit forms are often available online, by mail or at city offices. Required information usually includes the resident name, location of the alarm and business name. Additional required information may include alarm company name, type of alarm and personal identification number such as a driver's license number.
Cities such as Providence, Rhode Island, charge a nominal fee for alarm permits, while larger cities such as Los Angeles, California, have higher fees. Alarm permits are required for business and residential alarm owners, but in some cases, owners of residential alarms that are not monitored are not charged a fee. Important information concerning permit renewal and false alarm fees are posted online. Some municipalities level fines for excessive false alarms and prosecute residents who do not comply with alarm permit regulations.