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Alarm Registration F.A.Q.

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Who must register an alarm system?
sirenIt is the responsibility of the alarm user to register each alarm system. The alarm user may or may not be the alarm owner. In the case of a rental property, the alarm user is generally the tenant of the property (please check your rental agreement for any specific details).

How and where can I get a new alarm registration form?
There are several ways to obtain an alarm registration form:

  • NOTE:  The online Registration process is being upgraded. 
  • Call the Alarm Unit at 954-828-6429 to have a registration form mailed or faxed to you.

How much is the alarm registration/renewal fee?
All alarm users must pay an initial registration fee of $50, as per ordinance No C-04 Sec 2.

Every subsequent year, you are required to renew that registration by the day of January. There is no charge for renewals.

NOTE: The online Registration/Renewal process is being upgraded.

Any new alarms will also be subject to the $50 initial registration fee. Initial alarm registration fees may not be prorated.

To whom do I make my check or money order payable?
Checks and money orders should be payable to City of Fort Lauderdale.

Where do I mail my registration form?

NOTE: The online Registration process is being upgraded.

Do I get a certificate or sticker proving that my alarm has been registered?
No, you do not get a sticker.  Your registration form becomes the certificate and is kept on file at the Alarm Unit.  Your cancelled check is your receipt of registration.   If you have any concerns regarding registration confirmation, e-mail the Alarm Unit at AlarmUnit@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-5476.

Is there a penalty for not paying the alarm registration or alarm response service billing fees?
Yes. The Alarm Ordinance states that a violation of Municipal Code Section 1-6, if prosecuted, may be punishable for up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Why are excessive alarm responses a problem?
Excessive alarm responses take police and firefighters away from real emergencies. They can also lead neighbors to ignore your alarm when it goes off. This ordinance change is to help decrease the number of alarm response activations, thereby freeing up Police and Fire personnel for other calls for their services. Alarm registrations and alarm response service fees have been shown to be an effective tool in other municipalities in reducing the number of alarm activations. They are expected to help reduce them in Fort Lauderdale as well.

Do other municipalities require alarm registration and alarm response service fees?
Yes. Not only in the tri-county region, but also throughout the country, these fees are required by cities according to their individual ordinances. The fee structures vary, with some higher and some lower than ours.

How can I cancel my alarm registration?
Cancellation of alarm registrations must be made in writing. Send a signed cancellation form or letter with the alarm user’s name, address, alarm address (if different), telephone, and reason for cancellation. (E-mail and phone notifications are not acceptable because a signature is required.)

Mail or fax the form or letter to:

Fort Lauderdale Police Department - Alarm Unit
1300 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Fax: (954) 828-5953

Are alarm registration fees refundable?
No. Alarm registration fees are not refundable and cannot be prorated.

Can I transfer my alarm registration?
Alarm registrations can only be transferred from one location to another for the same alarm user. The transfer is valid only for the remainder of the registration period.

Alarm registrations cannot be transferred from one user to another user.

How can I update my alarm registration information?
NOTE: The online Registration process is being upgraded.

What does the City of Fort Lauderdale do with the alarm registration fees collected?
Alarm registration funds collected are applied to operational costs, user education and enforcement of the alarm ordinance. The fees also help to assist and offset those costs associated with alarm activations. The reduction of alarm activations allows police and fire personnel to be more readily available to respond to other calls for service.

Can I be charged a fee for alarm activations?
Yes, alarm response service fees can be assessed.

Alarm response service fees are as follows:

POLICE Residential Alarm Users:

  • 1st alarm response within a twelve-month period is free.
  • 2nd alarm response within a twelve-month period is $75.
  • 3rd alarm response within a twelve-month period is $100.
  • 4th alarm response within a twelve-month period is $200.
  • 5th alarm response within a twelve-month period is $200.
  • 6th alarm response and all subsequent alarm responses within a twelve-month period are $120.

POLICE Non-Residential Alarm Users:

  • 1st alarm response within a twelve-month period is free.
  • 2nd alarm response within a twelve-month period is $125.
  • 3rd alarm response within a twelve-month period is $175.
  • 4th alarm response within a twelve-month period is $225.
  • 5th alarm response within a twelve-month period is $425.
  • 6th alarm response and all subsequent alarm responses within a twelve-month period are $190.

FIRE Residential Alarm Users:

  • 1st alarm response within a twelve-month period is free.
  • 2nd alarm response and all subsequent alarm responses within a twelve-month period are $225.

FIRE Non-Residential Alarm Users:

  • 1st alarm response within a twelve-month period is free.
  • 2nd alarm response and all subsequent alarm responses within a twelve-month period are $413.

Who can I contact if I have a question regarding my alarm response service fee billing?
If you have received an alarm response service fee bill that you have questions on, you may call 954-828-6429 or e-mail alarmunit@fortlauderdale.gov.

How can I prevent unnecessary alarm activations?
Have your security company check your system regularly. Routine maintenance can help prevent many activations. While inclement weather can cause activation of an alarm, most activations are preventable.

The great majority of alarms are caused by user error. Make sure that everyone who uses your alarm system understands how it works. Anyone who has a key to your home should know how to operate your system.

 

 

 

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