Annual Alarm Registration Due by Jan. 31
The City of Evanston 2013 annual alarm permit registration is due by January 31, 2013. The annual renewal fee is $30. For those registering their system for the first time, the fee is $100 and then $30 per year thereafter. First-time registration of a system is $50 if the system is installed and registered after June 30.
All alarm users are required to submit an annual alarm user information form. This addresses alarms connected directly to the city's communication center, a private monitoring firm, a proprietary central station or any other structure where an installed alarm system is capable of sounding an alarm throughout the building via the activation of a single device.
Failure to register an alarm system may result in a fine of $250 for the first violation and subsequent violations may result in a fine of $500.
Additionally, alarm owners should be aware of the city’s False Alarm Ordinance (117-O-11). False alarms place the lives and property of community members in jeopardy. While police and firefighters are responding to alarms that turn out to be false, they are not able to respond to other calls. Moreover, the occupants are less likely to believe in their system with repeated false activations.
The intent of the Ordinance is to encourage the alarm owners to maintain their systems so that they are reliable and have minimal false activations. The false alarm fee is applied when the city’s emergency communication center is notified of four or more police- or fire-related false alarms by a single user within a calendar year. The new false alarm fee structure will be as follows:
For those systems already registered with the city, renewal applications and alarm user information forms were mailed out December 1, 2012. For those who did not receive these forms or who are registering their alarm systems for the first time, more information and forms can be found online at www.cityofevanston.org/business/alarm-permit or by calling 3-1-1.