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False Alarm FAQs

Does my alarm system have to be registered?

Residential, business or commercial alarm systems must be registered annually if they are monitored, or have interior/exterior indicators (flashing lights, sirens, etc.) that can be seen or heard outside of the alarmed location by others, causing the police to provide services.

Do I have to register my car alarm?

No, vehicles are exempt unless they are permanently affixed to one location.

What is the registration fee for a residential, commercial or business alarm location?

Alarm systems must be registered annually. The annual registration fee is $25; however, this fee is waived in all subsequent years upon renewing your alarm if you had no false alarms during the prior registration period.

Can I register my alarm if my alarm company is not registered with FAEU?

Yes, all alarm systems must be registered.

Who is required to obtain a permit to conduct business in Miami-Dade County?

Alarm contractors who install, maintain, alter, sell, service, or monitor residential and /or non-residential alarm systems.

Where does the money go that is collected from fees and fines?

Funds collected under this section shall be applied to the operational costs and enforcement of this ordinance, to reduce the number of false alarms received by Miami-Dade County, and to reduce the time spent by MDPD handling false alarm calls.

Can I appeal a false alarm assessment?

Yes.  Alarm response fines may be appealed to the Clerk of Court within 20 days of the issuance of the citation.

What are some of the benefits of the false alarm reduction program to our community and citizens?

The false alarm reduction program establishes alarm monitoring and reporting procedures, and alarm user education requirements, thereby ensuring alarm company compliance with the State of Florida licensing requirements to conduct criminal history background checks on all of their employees engaged in the sale, installation, monitoring or maintenance of alarm systems. These program components are designed to protect and educate the consumer and to ensure a higher quality of alarm system installations, thereby contributing to the overall reduction of false alarms. It also allows police to respond to citizens who are in need of actual police assistance.

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