In most cases, you can
alarm permit compulsory to install an alarm system in your home but in order to activate it, you would need a permit. This also applies if you have your alarm system installed by a professional security company.
The reason that alarm permits are required is to help emergency responders reduce the number of false alarms that are attended to. If an alarm system is installed, it must be regulated by the relevant authorities to make sure that is compliant with their standards.
There are usually 3 parts to an alarm system that need to be considered when it is installed.
The first is the emergency response function tied to the fire department. If you have a smoke detector installed, it should be connected to a monitoring station inside the home. The monitoring station will be alerted when the detector registers smoke, and send a message to the fire department in your area. Once the fire department receives the message, emergency services are dispatched.
The fire departments of most major cities or urban areas are almost always short on resources. If there is a false alarm, the end result could be that the emergency services waste resources getting to it while a legitimate alarm is ignored. This can lead to death and property damage that could have been avoided.
The second part of an alarm system is connected to the local police force. This could be tied to motion sensors, window mounted magnet sensors or panic buttons. As with the fire departments of most areas, resources need to be used carefully. If the police are alerted by a faulty trigger event then they will divert resources that could be attending to violent crimes and real burglaries.
In some cases, the fire department and police department alert systems will be combined.
The final component of most alarm systems is a siren. Often, false alarms trigger the siren and cause undue stress for neighbours. This will usually lead to a noise complaint and a fine if the false alarm is a common occurrence.
There are some alarm systems that are not monitored by either the fire or police departments. They are either not monitored at all or monitored by an independent company. These alarm systems still require a permit to operate.
Who supplies the permit?
In most cases, alarm permits are supplied by local authorities rather than state or federal agencies. Different authorities will supply permits based on their own criteria. It is important to contact your local agency to find out what they require rather than assuming that their requirements will be the same as a previous permit.
Do permits have to be renewed?
Permits will have to be renewed at different times. This will be either monthly, annually or as a once off renewal for most authorities.
How many types of permits are there?
There are many different alarm permits, depending on where the alarm is installed.
The type of permit that you will need is based on what type of alarm system you will be using as well as the type of property that it will be installed in. For example, a home alarm permit will be different to a commercial or business permit.
There are also permits that cater for alarm systems that are monitored by companies that are not part of the local authorities, such as private security firms.
What happens if you fail to get an alarm permit?
Depending on the city you are in, you may be liable to pay a fine if your alarm is triggered and you do not have a permit.
In some cases, police and fire departments will not respond to an unlicensed alarm, it is, therefore, essential to get a permit.
Can I use the alarm permit from a previous home?
Alarm permits are location specific. They cannot be transferred from one home to another.
Can I use the alarm permit supplied to the previous owner of a home?
Alarm permits are also individual specific. They person who applies for the permit must be the owner of, or tenant in, a home. Alarm permits cannot be transferred from one person to another.
How do I get an alarm permit?
Alarm permits will be supplied by different authorities in different cities. Depending on where your property is, the police department or office of finance will supply you with a permit.
Most cities accept applications electronically as well as by mail. Payments will have to be made by cheque or credit card.
What information do I need in order to get an alarm permit?
Most municipal authorities will need your name, physical address, postal address, contact information and information regarding the type of alarm system you will be installing.