Calgary Police Service Alarm Permits
Residential and commercial properties are required to have an alarm permit for each alarm system on the premises. This promotes the responsible use of alarm systems in our city.
People who have alarms and alarm companies are both involved in the permitting process and need to be aware of how our officers are dispatched to alarms.
Calgary’s Alarm Services Bylaw was changed in May 2016, updating how and when police officers respond to alarms. The change has helped better manage police resources, allowed us to recover the cost associated with alarm calls, and facilitated an improved service to permit holders and licensed alarm companies.
Prior to these changes, we responded to approximately 45 alarm calls each day. Of these calls, 96 per cent were false alarms. It takes significant police resources to clear a false alarm call, which can take officers away from legitimate emergencies or crimes in progress.
If you have any questions about the alarm permit process, please contact us:
Alarm Permit Team