Residential or non-residential (business or commercial) alarm systems must be registered annually if they are monitored, or have exterior indicators (flashing lights, sirens, etc.) that can be seen or heard outside of the alarmed location by others, encouraging an alarm dispatch request.
No. Vehicles are exempt unless they are permanently affixed to one location.
A fee of $15.00 shall accompany each application for alarms on residential, commercial or governmental premises covered under the Alachua County's Ordinance. The City of Gainesville's Ordinance fee is $18.00 for fire permits and $21.50 for burglar alarm permits.
Alarm contractors who install, maintain, alter, sell, service or monitor residential and/or non-residential alarm systems.
Money collected from fees is used to cover expenses associated with administering the false alarm reduction program (e.g., personnel, equipment, supplies, forms, printing costs, etc.). After program administration expenses are met, the balance of money collected is dedicated towards improvements in the 9-1-1 Police/Fire/EMS Communications area (e.g., upgrade of 9-1-1 communications equipment, facilities, etc.).
If the location of the alarm system is your primary residence, then only one permit is required. Your Burglar Alarm permit will serve as a dual permit to include your Fire Alarm Permit.
If the location of the Alarm System is for a Business, then a separate Fire Alarm Permit is required.
Appeals for fines and reinstatement of permits will not be heard for the following:
Cases involving crimes or criminal attempts will be heard, however, the incident must be documented within ten business days of the activation. The False Alarm Administrator may request a written statement or report from a registered alarm company representative which details the reasons for the false alarm.
The false alarm reduction program establishes alarm business licensing requirements, alarm installation standards, alarm monitoring and reporting procedures, alarm user education requirements, and coordinates the issuance of local Alarm Business Licenses, thereby ensuring alarm company compliance with the State of Florida licensing requirements to conduct criminal history background checks on all of their employees engaged in the sale, installation, monitoring or maintenance of alarm systems. These program components are designed to protect and educate the consumer and to ensure a higher quality of alarm system installations, thereby contributing to the overall reduction of false alarms.