Alarm Permit – City of Edmonton

In accordance with Bylaw 10922 (June 12, 2001) All Monitored Alarm Systems in the City of Edmonton must have a Permit issued by the Edmonton Police Service. Failure to comply can result a fine or $300 and NO Police or Emergency Service dispatch when requested.

As of June 12, 2001 all Monitored Alarm Systems in the City of Edmonton are required to have a Valid City of Edmonton Alarm Systems Permit issued by the Edmonton Police Service.

Permits are the responsibility of the Location or Premises Owner or Renter and Not the Alarm Company, installer or monitoring service.

Permit Applications can be obtained at any City of Edmonton Police Station or downloaded at:  AlarmPermitApplication.ashx (google docs document)

The cost of an alarm permit is $30 and is good for the life of the alarm system at the premises for the original registered owner.  The permit is immediately canceled if it is transferred by the Permit Holder, if it is transferred to an Alarm System other than the one for which is was issued or if the Alarm System is moved from the Premises.

The Fee for changes or updates to Permit information is $10.

Failure to comply with the bylaw and obtain a proper Alarm System Permit can result in fines from $75 all the way up to $750 or more.

Failure for the monitoring station to provide the emergency responders with the Alarm Permit Number and required information can result in fines and withdrawal of service or response by emergency services.

The complete City of Edmonton Alarm Systems Bylaw is available at the following link:  C10922.doc (microsoft word document)

For those who do not want to read the whole Bylaw here are some important excerpts.
“The Proprietor of a Premises having an Alarm System in operation shall ensure that a valid and subsisting Permit is issued for the Alarm System.

A Permit is immediately canceled if:
(a)    it is transferred by the Permit Holder;
(b)    it is transferred to an Alarm System other than the one for which it is issued; or
(c)    if the Alarm System for which it is issued is moved from the Premises on the application.

An Alarm Business receiving a report of an activated Alarm System must, when notifying the Edmonton Police Service:
(a)     provide the number assigned to the Permit;
(b)    continue to make all reasonable efforts to verify the report is not a False Alarm; and
make all reasonable efforts to have an authorized person attend at the Premises containing the Alarm System.

Where a False Alarm results in the attendance of the Edmonton Police Service at a Premises the Permit Holder is liable to pay the applicable fee set out in Schedule A.

This section does not apply to the first False Alarm generated by an Alarm System with a valid and subsisting Permit if the False Alarm occurs within six months of the date the Permit is issued.

If the fee referred to in this section is not paid within 60 days of the date of the False Alarm the Permit is immediately canceled.

Where, in any 12 month period, an Alarm System generates four False Alarms resulting in the attendance of the Edmonton Police Service at a Premises the Permit is immediately suspended for three months.

A Permit suspended pursuant to this section remains suspended until it is once again issued by the Chief of Police.”

SCHEDULE A – FEES

Permit Issue  $ 30.00

Change Permit Information   $ 10.00

Police Response to a Residential False Alarm  $ 75.00

Police Response to a Commercial False Alarm:

a)    for a premises up to 500 square meters   $100.00

b)    for a premises exceeding 500 square meters   $150.00

SCHEDULE B – FINES

Section                             Offence                                                                          Amount

4                 No valid and subsisting permit                                                      $300.00

8                Fail to provide information to Alarm Business                           $100.00

9                Fail to provide change of information                                           $100.00

10              Provide incorrect, incomplete or misleading information        $100.00

12(1)         Fail to verify alarm status                                                                 $500.00

12(3)        Use of automatic calling device                                                        $750.00

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