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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 Alarm Permit by downloading the application from the Department Forms section of this website.

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.

False Alarms

WP City Ordinance Sec. 4-18-3 (c)

Any owner or lessee of property having an alarm device or system of devices on his or its premises, and any user of services or equipment furnished by a licensee under this chapter shall pay to the city a fee for each and every false alarm to which the police or fire department responds during any calendar year as follows:

1st False Alarm
2nd-3rd False Alarm
4th-5th False Alarm
6th-11th False Alarm
12 and greater

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.

If you would like to read the White Plains Alarm Systems and Businesses Ordinance in its entirety follow the link below.

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