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Why get an alarm permit?

Having an alarm permit ensures Police and Fire Departments have a list of responsible parties, who can respond to a location in case of an emergency. Alarm permits may also help avoid fees for excessive or false alarms by giving police the ability to proactively track problems.  Administrative fees are issued for excessive false alarms, even if you have a permit. Alarm owners are allowed three false alarms within a 365-day period.  Any false alarms beyond that point are deemed excessive and will result in an administrative fee being assessed.  The administrative fees for excessive false alarms are $82.00 for each Police response and $135.00 for each Fire Department response. 

How to obtain an alarm permit?

An alarm application must be completed and returned with the application fee to obtain a new alarm permit. Alarm applications are located at any Police or Fire station, the Permits and ID office, or download an application.

Fill out the alarm permit application and mail it with a $27.00 check or money order to:

Oklahoma City Police Department
Permit and ID Unit
P.O. Box 268837
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8837

Permit Requirements and Fees

How much is the new permit?
The fee is $27.00 for your new, one-year permit.  The annual renewal charge is $17.00.

How often do I have to renew my alarm permit?
Permits must be renewed every year.  Your annual renewal deadline will be the last day of the month we issue your permit.

Will the City let me know when it is time to renew?
As a courtesy, renewal forms are mailed to all permit holders at the mailing address on file.  However, it is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure the permit is kept up to date.

I have never had an alarm permit – who is required to get a permit?Anyone who operates, connects or maintains an alarm system at a particular location within Oklahoma City corporate limits must have an alarm permit.

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I have a fire alarm and a security alarm. Do I have to get two permits?
No. Only one alarm permit is required per address.

I just moved into a new residence/business with an existing alarm.  Is the old permit still valid? 

No, permits do not transfer to new owners or new locations. As a new owner, you must apply for a new permit and pay the fee. We also will need to update the information for that address.

What is the actual application deadline?

An alarm permit shall be obtained as required within 15 days of the alarm system becoming operational, activated, or otherwise working. Alarm permits are valid for one year from the month of issue. 

False Alarms

How much is the penalty for false alarms?
The ordinance provides for an “excessive false alarm fee” of $82.00 when the Police Department responds and $135.00 if the Fire Department is responds to the location.  Alarms are considered excessive if there are more than three false alarms within any 365 days.

Are those fees the only penalty?
No.  The City can revoke alarm permits under certain circumstances. This would involve serious actions such as making false statements in an application, failing to correct faulty equipment or operation when officially notified or making bogus check payments.  Six false alarms in any 365 days can also result in revocation.  Reinstatement fees are assessed for any revoked alarm permit.

If my alarm goes off by accident, can I do anything?
Yes. You can cancel the call. If you know your alarm has gone off improperly, call your alarm company immediately. If the call is cancelled before police officers or firefighters arrive, it will not count as a false alarm.

What can I do to prevent false alarms?
Ensure that all responsible parties know how to properly operate and maintain your alarm system. You may want to consult your alarm company for its recommendation.

Click here to read Oklahoma City's security and fire alarm ordinances.

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