You must have an alarm permit—it’s the Law. LAPD officers handle 6,000 to 7,000 alarm calls each month, and over 90% are determined to be false alarms. Every alarm user, residential and business, can do his or her share to reduce false alarms and to help preserve police resources.
Have a Valid Alarm User Permit
Alarm Permit (Mail-In Application)
- Initial Permit: $43
- Annual Renewal: $11.87 (if paid on or before December 31, 2020)
Notify Your Alarm Company
Provide your alarm company with your permit number and updated emergency contact information.
Display Your Permit Number
Post a copy of your permit number on the premises, at or near the main entrance, so that the responding officer can identify your contact information.
False Alarm Fees and Penalties
Under the revised Alarm Ordinance, the City will no longer respond to alarms free of charge. In addition to recovering the $216 fee for service, escalating penalties will be imposed for multiple false alarms.
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If you believe your alarm activation was not false, you may appeal to the Board of Police Commissioners. For more information, contact the Los Angeles Police Commission Alarms Section at (213) 996-1200 or www.lapdonline.org/alarms to learn about your rights and responsibilities, appeals, and to obtain printable documents.