Various types of business activities are regulated through the Police Department by means of Police Commission Permits. Although the Office of Finance collects the fees, the Police Department has the regulatory responsibility and powers in these areas. Police Permits have to be renewed annually.
Each Police Permit application, except those for burglar alarms, is investigated as to any criminal background of the applicant(s); that the business is being conducted in the proper zone; and, where applicable, that nearby residents and business people are notified of a public hearing at which they may voice their approval or disapproval of the activities of some of the intended businesses. Conditional use permit provisions apply to various Police Permits.
Police Permits are required for all premises (residential and commercial) having burglar alarms. Alarm permittees are billed by the Office of Finance for each false alarm.