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Alarm Permit

All audible alarm systems require registration.

To Obtain or Renew a Permit

Go to the Alarm Permitting System

New accounts: Select "Register Online" to begin your alarm registration.

Existing accounts: Sign in with your permit number (Account #) and renewal invoice number.

You may pay online by credit card or e-check. Have your account information ready before you sign in.

Annual Alarm Permit Fee

Residence $35
Business $70

Note: Business rate applies to churches, schools and government.

Non-compliance Penalty Fee (per incident): $250

Alarm Permit Requirements

An Alarm User Permit must be obtained within 30 days from installation or acquisition of an audible alarm system.

All Alarm User Permits must be renewed annually. Renewal is due on or before the date the original permit was issued.

False Alarm Penalties

The first two false alarms in a 12-month period are at no charge.

Subsequent penalty fees for false alarms can range from $200 to $750 for repeat offenses in a 12-month period.

To Appeal a False Alarm

Submit a written request to:
Department of Public Safety
attention: Alarm Program Administrator
700 All America Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94088

Appeals must be received within 10 days of the date of notice.

Read about False Alarm Exemptions.

Questions? Contact the Alarm Permit Coordinator, 408-730-7117.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2021