Did you know? If you have a working alarm installed in your home or business and you live or work in the City of Concord, then you must get a permit from the City of Concord Police Department?
According to the Concord Municipal Code: No person shall install or use an alarm system on any premises within the City limits of concord until they have obtained an alarm use permit from the Concord Police Department.
The only exemption to this rule is: Alarm systems which are not designed to summon public and/or Concord Police Department attention, but which are privately monitored and responded to, are exempt from this requirement.
Currently, the City of Concord charges $40 for an alarm permit.
There are also false alarm fees, which are listed below:
- False alarm 4, 5 and 6 in any 60 day period ‑ $135.00
- False alarm 9, 10 and 11 in any 360 day period ‑ $135.00
- False alarm 7 and 8 in any 60 day period ‑ $270.00
- False alarm 12 and 13 in any 360 day period ‑ $270.00
- Each additional false alarm after the 8th in any 60 day period ‑ $401.00
- Each additional false alarm after the 13th in any 360 day period ‑ $401.00
However, if you have an alarm, all the information listed above could soon be changing in the next couple of years, because last week, the Concord City Council passed their budget, and in that budget was the following text….
A new fee will be developed and charged to property owners who have alarms on their properties to replace the City’s current system of charging just once when the system is first integrated with the Police Department.
The purpose of the fee is to more accurately reflect the service costs from the police department for responding to alarms. This fee is charged by many cities in the Bay Area. The fee and its implementation are still in developmental stages and once fully defined will be presented to the City Council for review and approval prior to imposition.
The fee is scheduled to start a phase-in period in FY 2014-15 and will generate approximately $500,000 per year when fully implemented.
The City of Concord’s Police Department responds to about 3,000 alarm calls every year, and close to 98% of those are false alarms.
For more information on getting a permit, please click HERE.