Residential and Business
Residents and Business owners that reside or are doing business in the city limits of Placerville must obtain an alarm permit.
Placerville City Code Ordinance 6-14-4, No person shall install, connect, operate or maintain, or cause to be installed, connected, operated or maintained, an alarm system upon any property of which such person is in possession without first obtaining an alarm system permit therefore in accordance with the provisions in this chapter.
New Alarm Permit Fees
Residential Alarm Permits $35.00
Business Alarm Permits $85.00
Alarm permits shall be renewed on the anniversary date of the issued alarm permit. Thirty (30) days prior to the renewal date, the permittee shall be notified that the alarm permit is due for renewal.
If the alarm permit is renewed within the thirty (30) day period, no fee shall be charged for the alarm permit renewal.
If the alarm permit is not renewed during the thirty (30) days prior, the permittee shall be required to submit an application for reinstatement of the alarm permit and shall be required to pay the reinstatement fee.
False Alarm Ordinance, Placerville, Municipal Code Section 6-14-11(D)(1) May 25, 1982.
What is a False Alarm?
A false alarm is the activation of an alarm system, which results in a police response where an emergency does not exist.
The Placerville Police Department responding to false alarms results in a cost for personnel time and equipment use. False alarms are usually the result of a lack of proper maintenance and/or operator error of the alarm system. Responding to false alarms the police department has attempted to reduce the number of false alarms by notifying owners and/or operators of false alarms by letter.
False Alarm Service Fee
The following fee schedule will be used to assess fees for the Placerville Police Department Response to a false alarm.
False Alarm (First) No Fee
False Alarm (4 in 30 days) $150.00
False Alarm (7 in 60 days) $270.00
False Alarm (8 in 180 days) $300.00
An exception shall include false alarms in which the permit holder can demonstrate that the false alarm was caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or other violent acts of nature. If an alarm owner feels they have been charged unjustly for any of the above fees, they may submit their appeal in writing to the Chief of Police.
How to Avoid False Alarms
Alarm owners should maintain their alarm system in proper working order. An alarm owner should be well versed in how the alarm system operates and how to use it. Business owners with alarm systems are encouraged to have training sessions with employees on how to properly operate the business’ alarm system.
The ordinance is one of many in the State of California. If you would like to obtain a copy of the False Alarm Ordinance, please contact the Placerville Police Department or click on the following link and view the City Code 6-14-11(D)(1).
The Placerville Police Department will be responsible for managing the False Alarm Ordinance. If you have any questions or need further information about the ordinance, or an application for an alarm permit, please contact our business office. You may also obtain the Alarm Permit form here. Once you fill out the permit, mail or deliver it to the Police Dept. with your payment.
Placerville Police Department
730 Main St.
Placerville, CA 95667
Monday thru Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.