Residents and business owners with alarm systems are reminded that a permit is required to operate such systems in Pasadena. The four-year permit costs $110.20 and can be purchased at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
Failure to have a permit can result in penalty fees if a false alarm occurs. There is currently only one free “false alarm” within a 12-month billing cycle that runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year, per permitted alarm.
If a false alarm happens and a permit does not exist, not only will the permit fee be assessed, but a penalty of $117.00 for “operation of an alarm system without a permit” can be assessed. The City’s municipal code does not authorize
cancellation or waiver of this fee.
For second and subsequent false alarms, an additional fee of $129.00 (per activation) will be added to the bill. For questions, call the Business License Division at (626) 744-4166 or go online to http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Finance/ Alarm_Permits. For questions about alarm activity, call the Police Department at (626) 744-6411.