Alarms - Commercial & Residential

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In the City of Redmond, commercial and residential burglary/emergency alarm systems are required to be permitted by the Police Department.  The Redmond Police Department requires permits so we can always contact those responsible for an alarm at a location.  RPD maintains confidential contact information for the alarm user and alternate contacts.  This information is not public record and will not be disclosed.


Within 30 days of an alarm system becoming operational, a permit is required.  Per city ordinance, a business or residence can be issued a service fee of $500.00 for each police response to an unpermitted alarm call.  Presently, your alarm permit does not expire, and there is no renewal process.  To obtain your permit, complete the below alarm permit application and then either mail it to the Redmond Police Department with your $40.00 check or money order made out to Redmond Police Department, or you can hand-deliver your application to the lobby window during business hours, and pay your permit fee by way of credit/debit card, cash, check, or money order.


In addition to having contact information on file with the police department, your permit allows for reduced service fees in the event of an alarm call at your home or business.  The service fee schedule is below.


Yearly the police department responds to 600 – 700 alarm calls, with nearly all of them being false.  That averages to two false residential and business false alarms per day each year.  Alarm response by the police department is subject to officer staffing and other priority calls occurring at the moment the alarm call is received by Dispatch.  To reduce the likelihood of a false alarm, please ensure all members of your household or business have a working knowledge of alarm arming and disarming process.  Work with your alarm monitoring company to ensure the alarm system is working properly, and a process is in place to call responsible parties BEFORE calling the police. 


Your Redmond Police Department would like you to help us help others by reducing false alarms which take away resources from other calls for service.  We appreciate allowing us to serve you.


Alarm Service Fee Schedule (Eff. February 2003)

1st & 2nd False Alarm


3rd & 4th False Alarm

$50 each

5th & 6th False Alarm

$100 each

7th and more False Alarm

$500 each


 Alarm Systems Ordinance (5.601)

 Alarm Permit Application