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False alarm fines

The Calgary Police Service issues and collects a fine of $75 (no G.S.T.) for false security alarms that occur at residential and commercial properties. In 2011, 9,696 false alarm penalties were issued across Calgary.

Paying false alarm fines

If you’ve received an Alarm Penalty Notice, you have 30 days to pay the fine. The fine can be paid by cheque or cash, and the bottom detachable part of the Alarm Penalty Notice must be sent with the payment.

Paying your fine in person:

  • Visit the Alarm Bylaw Unit with your payment and alarm penalty notice at 5111 – 47 Street N.E.
  • Visit any Calgary Police Service district office to drop off your payment.
    Include your payment and the bottom detachable portion of your alarm penalty notice, and mark it "Attention Alarm Bylaw, mail code #609".

Paying your fine by mail:

Please send a cheque with your fine payment and the bottom detachable portion of your alarm penalty notice to:

Calgary Police Service
Alarm Bylaw Unit #609
5111 47 St. N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T3J 3R2

Disputing false alarm fine

A false alarm penalty may be disputed by emailing a request for review to the Alarm Bylaw Coordinator at

False alarm

False alarms are defined as "an alarm signal necessitating response by the Calgary Police Service where crime investigation, law enforcement and other emergency services usually provided by the Police Service are not required" (as per Alarm Bylaw 31M95, Section 2.)

Alarm calls where Calgary Police Service has attended are reviewed daily, and, if applicable, a penalty notice is sent to the security alarm company for any false alarms.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about your false alarm fine, please contact us:

Field Data Unit - Alarm Bylaw team customer service
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed statutory holidays
Phone: 403-428-8336