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Tigard Police Department

Alarm Permits

Most alarm calls that Tigard Police officers respond to at business and residential locations are false alarms. False alarms affect the Police Department's ability to address more urgent or time sensitive issues. The City of Tigard maintains an alarm ordinance to protect "emergency services" of the city from misuse.


Alarm Permit Fees
Residential or business users  $25.00
Residents over age 60, handicapped or government agency Exempt 
Late payment of renewal (after 60 days) $50.00
Failure to obtain alarm permit (within 60 days of installation) $100.00
Expired, reinstatement fee, once revoked (after 90 days) $100.00
Non-permitted or revoked alarm permit $500.00

False Alarm Fines
1st in permit year  No Charge 
2nd in permit year No Charge 
3rd in permit year $100.00
4th in permit year $150.00
5th in permit year $200.00
6th and above in permit year $250.00


Home Alarm Alarm Permit Guidelines
  1. Residences and businesses within the jurisdiction of the City of Tigard using an alarm must have an alarm permit. The annual alarm permit fee is $25 and is valid for one year.
  2. If you are a government agency, a resident of Tigard age 60 and over, or physically handicapped, you are exempt from the annual alarm permit fee.
  3. To encourage citizens to reduce false alarms, fines are imposed upon the third false alarm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need an alarm permit if I do not have an alarm company monitoring my system?
A. If you have an alarm system that could generate a call for police dispatch, you must have an alarm permit. 

Q. I have a medical/fire alarm, do I need an alarm permit?
A. Alarm permits are only issued for burglary alarms.

Q. How much is the annual alarm permit fee?
A. $25.00 annually.

Q. Are there any alarm permit exemptions?
A. If you are a government agency, a Tigard resident age 60 and over or physically handicapped, you are exempt from the annual alarm permit fee. If eligible, please call 503-718-2565.

Q. Will I be notified when my permit will expire?
A. A renewal is mailed 30 days before expiration.

Q. Are there charges for false alarms?
A. False alarm fines begin with the 3rd false alarm in your permit year.

Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the City of Tigard Alarm Ordinance?
A. View the alarm ordinance.

Tips to Prevent a False Alarm

  • Remember to provide current contact information to your monitoring company as they are the link to dispatch for police response. 
  • Make sure that every one with permission knows how to properly use your alarm system.
Notify your alarm company if:
  • Your system is not working properly
  • You plan to remodel
  • You sell your home or test your alarm system
Verify that your monitoring company uses enhanced call verification (ECV):
ECV means that if the alarm monitoring company does not receive an answer at the alarm site, they must call a responsible party's or authorized user's contact phone number prior to requesting  law enforcement dispatch.  Make sure your contact call list is up to date with your monitoring company.
Credit Payment OptionsTo apply for a permit or renew online you will need:
  • Your account/permit#
  • Your password or invoice #
  • For more information, call 503-718-2565

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Alarm Ordinance
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