Alarm Permits

The City of White Plains requires that all residents and commercial businesses who install monitored burglary or fire alarm systems apply for a New Alarm User Permit.

The cost for the initial processing of a residential alarm permit application is $50.00 with an annual renewal fee of $50.00, while the initial application processing fee for a business is $100.00 with an annual renewal fee of $200.00.

Fines for False Alarms Imposed throughout the Calendar Year
1st False Alarm $25.00
2nd-3rd False Alarm $50.00
4th-5th False Alarm $75.00
6th-11th False Alarms $100.00
12 & greater $250.00

The effective and continued enforcement of these false alarm fines has led to a significant decrease in the number of false alarms that emergency personnel must respond to.

A false alarm in the City of White Plains is defined as the activation of the signalling portion of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, loss of externally supplied electrical power for less than 4 hours, improper installation, improper usage, or an error or negligence on the part of the owner or lessee of the premises wherein the system is installed, or through the error or negligence of employees, guests, or agents of the owner or lessee of the premises.

“ It includes all alarm signal activation in which investigation by police or fire personnel reveals no evidence of an emergency condition.”

If you have any questions regarding the Alarm Ordinance, call (914) 422-6105, any weekday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM and ask for the Alarm Code Enforcement Officer.