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Alarm Permit Program/False Alarm Ordinance

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Do I need an alarm permit?

All business and residences who have a "verified response type" alarm (see definition below) are required by City ordinance to obtain a permit (FMC Chapter 9.10). In short, you need a permit if you have an alarm system that is monitored or audible.

The Alarm Ordinance can be viewed here

Alarm Permit Application

Submit New Alarm Permit Application with Payment to:

Fremont Police Department
Attn: Alarm Unit
2000 Stevenson Blvd. PO Box 5007
Fremont, CA 94537-5007

Make check payable to: City of Fremont

  • By Mail: mail complete application and check together, do not staple check to application.
  • In Person: Bring application and payment. The Fremont Police Department accepts check, cash, or credit card (VISA or Master) in person. The lobby is open M-F: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed on holidays)

How much does it cost?

  • $40 for new permit application; permit good for two (2) years from permit issuance date.
  • $20 for permit renewal; renewed permit good for two (2) years from the last permit expiration date.
  • Permits are not transferable and are attached to the location per occupancy. If you moved to a new location and activated an alarm system, you must apply for a new permit.

How long does it take?

Due to the volume of alarm permit applications, please allow three (3) weeks for the Police Department to process your permit, and another week for the Postal Service to deliver the permit to you. It may take up to four (4) weeks for you to receive the alarm permit.

What do I do once I receive the permit?

Upon assignment of a permit number, a sticker with your permit number will be issued and mailed to you. The sticker must be posted and visible at the main entrance at all times. Take note of your alarm permit number and expiration date.

How do I renew my alarm permit?

Submit your renewal notice with payment to the Fremont Police Department (mail or in person) to renew your permit.

Approximately one month prior to your alarm permit expiration date, you will receive an alarm permit renewal notice at the mailing address on file. If you did not receive a renewal notice or have lost your renewal notice, contact us with your alarm permit number and address to obtain a replacement copy of the notice. Allow three (3) weeks for alarm renewals to be processed.

How do I update my Alarm Permit Information?

At anytime, you can contact us to update the contact list and alarm company information on file for your permit. The easy method is to email us your permit number, address, and the information that you wish to update. If you changed alarm company, you do not need a new permit but need to contact us to update the information on file. If you moved, however, you must obtain a new alarm permit for the new address.

What is Verified Response?

In order to reduce the number of false alarms and create more time for police officers to respond to crimes and solve problems, the City of Fremont adopted the Fremont Verified Alarm Response policy. This program is designed to increase the education and accountability of alarm owners in Fremont. It provides an incentive for alarm owners to repair and maintain their alarms, train their families and/or employees on alarm procedures and seek assistance from the Fremont Police Department and local alarm companies to reduce false alarms.

Verified response means an alarm system that utilizes a feature to verify that an alarm activation is not accidental. Verification may come in the form of sound, video, a manually activated panic button, or an eyewitness account that indicates a crime is occurring, thereby constituting a "verified" response. Alarm verification can also be accomplished when an alarm company agent, property owner or any witness is at the scene of an activation and affirms that police are needed because a crime is occurring or has occurred.

All non-verified alarms reported to the Fremont Police Department receive a lower priority response, referred to as a BOL (Be On The Lookout). If officers are in the area and available to respond, they will do so at their discretion.



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