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Security Alarm Permit Center

Denver residents and businesses that wish to operate a security alarm must obtain a City-issued permit and have the alarm monitored by a licensed monitoring company. Alarm permit applications may be conveniently obtained online or from your alarm company. Your alarm company should provide instructions in obtaining your permit. 

Denver's False Alarm Mangement System

Use Denver's False Alarm Management System website for your applications, payments and updates:

  • Pay Alarm Permit Fees Online
  • Submit Alarm Permit Application Online 
  • Obtain Permit Status Online

Alarm Permit Policies

  • Once a location has five false alarms, which are upheld on appeal, the Alarms Division notifies the Denver Police Department to put the location into "general response" status. "General response" means that no officers will be directly dispatched to that location, but that a general call will be broadcast.  An officer will respond if in the area and available.

  • A permit holder will be fined $50.00 each time a panic or hold-up alarm is activated for a false alarm.

  • An alarm company will be fined $25 each time a representative of the company calls for response to an alarm call for a location without a valid permit, or gives an incorrect or expired permit number.

  • Alarm permits are valid for one year from date of issue. Renewal notices will be mailed to the permit holder's mailing address thirty days prior to the expiration date.

  • The renewal form must be returned, along with the $25 renewal fee, prior to the expiration date of the permit.

  • No permit will be renewed if the permit holder has outstanding fines for any permit. No renewal permit applications will be processed if the  applicant is in arrears in any administrative or court fines, assessments, or fees owed to the City and County of Denver.

  • To renew online: 
               City of Denver's False Alarm Management System
  • To mail in renewal: 

    City and County of Denver
    P.O. Box 650781
    Dallas, TX 75265-0781

It is suggested that you submit a request in writing to cancel your alarm permit if you change locations, move or  no longer have an alarm system. This can be done by yourself or your alarm company.

No refund will be given for any cancellation.

Security alarm users have 30 days from the date of notice of a false alarm to file an appeal. Appeals must be in writing and include supporting documentation.

  • When the Alarms Division receives a copy of a responding police officer's alarm incident report written after responding to an alarm call stating that the alarm incident was avoidable, the alarm permit holder will receive a notice of a false alarm incident.
  • The alarm user has thirty (30) days from the date of notice to file an appeal. Appeals must be in writing and accompanied by supporting documentation. Supporting documentation for appeal could be subsequent police reports, documentation of power outages, insurance claims and photographs of actual damage done to property.  The Alarm Division supervisor will determine whether to grant the appeal with occasional consultation with the Director.
  • Appeals will be decided based on the grounds specified in the ordinance with the following exceptions:
  • If a series of false alarms occur within four days of each other and if the user provides proof that all false alarms were caused by the same piece of faulty equipment, all but the first incident in the series will be dropped. Acceptable proof of repairs made to an alarm system include an invoice for the part, a bill or invoice from the alarm company, or a repair slip left by the technician.
  •  If an alarm user is out of town and has a succession of false alarms caused by malfunctioning equipment, all but the first incident in the series will be dropped. Proof of repair and proof of the alarm user's absence must be provided. Acceptable proof of absence includes copies of airplane tickets, gas receipts, notice to start delivery of mail, or charge card receipts.


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