Alarm Permits

Community Outreach

Pasadena citizens and business owners who have an alarm system installed in their residence or place of business need an alarm permit. An alarm permit can be purchased at Pasadena City Hall in Municipal Services, Business License section located at 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room N106, Pasadena, California. The permit is valid for one year and is prorated based on the alarm permit application date.

There is no charge for the first false alarm within a 12-month billing cycle which runs from January 1st to December 31st; however, if an activation occurs and it is determined that a permit does not exist for the specific location, a permit fee will be assessed, as well as a penalty fee for operation of an alarm system without a permit. The penalty fee will not be waived. Second and subsequent false alarms fees are assessed as indicated below.

Alarm Fees Effective July 1, 2023

  • Permit for Operation of an Alarm System – $36.06
  • Operation of Alarm System without Permit – $150.00
  • Second and Subsequent False Alarm Fee – $166.00
    (Within a 12-month period beginning each January 1st)

Municipal Services – Business License Office Hours

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


The alarm permit application is applicable for both businesses and residences. The application can be printed out and must be filled out completely before being submitted to the City of Pasadena Business Services Section. Fees may apply.

For Additional Information

False Alarm Billing Questions:
(626) 744-4291 – Department of Finance, Accounts Receivable

Permit Application Questions:
(626) 744-4166 – Department of Finance, Municipal Services

Alarm Activity Questions:
(626) 744-7466 – Pasadena Police Department