The Police Commission Alarm Section assists the alarm subscriber and implements the legal requirements of the Alarm Ordinance. The fees and penalties link show the current billing schedules for false alarms. Alarm subscribers with a valid alarm permit are eligible to waive a false alarm charge once every 365-day period through either Alarm School online or mail in home study course.
The Alarm Section enforces the Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 103.206, Alarm Ordinance, processes excessive alarm bill, investigates delinquent service fees for violators and service fee waiver requests.
The Alarm Ordinance requires a permit to operate an alarm system in the City of Los Angeles. It is a misdemeanor to operate an alarm system without a permit. The Alarm Section will verify if your permit location is within the City of Los Angeles.
The verified Burglary Alarm Policy requires a verification of the alarm after two false activations within a rolling year (a twelve-month period starting with each false alarm activation), at any given location. The Department will require verification of each subsequent alarm before dispatching a unit. This policy will not affect the dispatching of robbery or panic alarms.
The city has contracts with private collection agencies to ensure payment of past due false alarm billings. Subscribers can appeal, or question service charges billed to them by requesting a waiver investigation and presenting a written request to the Board of Police Commissioners.