(December 13, 2016) Effective January 1, 2017, the Frisco Police Department will begin enforcing a new city ordinance that was passed on November 15, 2016, governing residential and commercial alarm systems. Between August 1, 2016, and November 30, 2016, the Frisco Police and Fire Departments responded to over 2,000 false alarms resulting in 577 personnel hours, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.
The ordinance adds a $250 penalty for operating an alarm system without a permit. This penalty is in addition to a citation that could be issued with a fine of up to $500 for each separate violation. The ordinance also reduced the number of required contacts for false alarm response from three (3) to two (2). The fee for commercial permits increased to one hundred dollars ($100). Residential permits and annual renewals remain at thirty five dollars ($35).
In addition, fees for excessive burglar alarms occurring during a 12-month period preceding the last false alarm will be applied.
Since August 1, 2016 the Frisco Police Department has implemented an automated alarm management system, called Cry Wolf, that allows residents and business owners to apply for permits, pay fees online and receive notices. The online alarm management system can be accessed at alarmpermits.friscotexas.gov.
For more information on alarm permits and the new ordinance, please contact the Frisco Police Department’s Alarm Unit at 972.292.6062 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.