City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Alarm Permits Information

Effective January 1, 1992 the Pittsburgh City Council approved legislation requiring all owners of operational burglar alarm systems, fire alarm systems and multi-purpose systems (one system for both intrusion and fire) to obtain a yearly alarm permit from the Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Finance processes the alarm permit applications and fees.

Current Permit Fees:
Burglar Alarm System
Residential Permit Fee$25.00
Commercial Permit Fee$75.00
Fire Alarm System
Residential Permit Fee$50.00
Commercial Permit Fee$100.00
Multi-Purpose System
(one system for burglar and fire)
Residential Permit Fee$50.00
Commercial Permit Fee$100.00
Alarm Permit Application

Please complete the application and mail the entire form, with a check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh, to:

Department of Finance
Alarm Permit Section
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Why do I need this permit?
A:In 1992 Ordinance (Ord.54-1991) was created by City Council and put into law to cut down on the false alarm calls received by the Police Department. When a Police Officer responds to a false alarm call, it takes time away from responding to real alarm calls.
Q:Do I need to renew the alarm permit yearly?
A:Yes, all residential homes and commercial businesses are required to renew this permit yearly. Every year a new renewal form will be mailed to you a month before your permit's expiration date.
Q:If an alarm system is already in the residence or business that I move into, do I need to apply for a new permit number, or can I use the previous owner's permit number?
A:You must register your alarm system under your name with your contact information. You will have a new alarm permit number assigned to you.
Q:How much does an alarm permit cost?
A:See the list of current permit fees located above on this page.
Q:How can I obtain the application to apply for this permit?
A:You can download the permit application form or you may call the Alarm Permit Office at 412-255-2843 to request a mailed or faxed copy of the application form.
Q:How much does a false alarm charge cost?
A:The cost of a residential false burglar alarm is $15.00. The cost of a residential false fire alarm is $50.00. The cost of a commercial false burglar alarm is $50.00 and the cost of a commercial false fire alarm is $350.00.
Q:Do I receive any free false alarms with the purchase of my permit?
A:Yes, every permit holder is entitled to four free false alarms per year. After the four free ones are used up, you will then be charged accordingly.
Q:Can I pay for this permit with my credit card?
A:No, the methods of payment accepted presently are check or money order.
Q:How long does it take to receive an alarm permit?
A:When payment is received, within 7-10 days your address is registered into the alarm permit system. Within 30 days you will receive a confirmation letter with your alarm permit number and new expiration date.
Q:What if I have additional questions?
A:You may contact the Alarm Permit Office at 412-255-2843 from the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or leave a voicemail message.


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