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Alarm Systems
Fishers has an alarm ordinance that requires homes and businesses with security/fire alarm systems to have an alarm permit application on file with the police department. The purpose of the permit is to accurately track contact information for the owners of these structures and help reduce the number of false fire and security alarms.

The alarm permit has a $30 fee for a three-year term, and is assigned to the property, so it is transferable if there are owner changes; permits are not transferable between properties. For existing permit holders, renewal applications are mailed roughly a month in advance of your expiration date. Please be sure to update the police department of any changes in contact information on the renewal form, or mid-term in the permit’s life if there are ownership changes. 

The police and fire department respond to every reported alarm. In order to reduce responses of false alarms, the police department requires your alarm monitoring company to use Enhanced Call Verification. Please click on the link to understand more about what this is and ask your monitoring company to implement this protocol into your alarm notifications.  If you accidentally set off the alarm, we ask that your alarm company contact you to verify the alarm.  If you cannot be reached or you request a response from public safety, they will contact our communications center to dispatch officers to your address.  This is mandatory for new alarm systems after January 1, 2018 and mandatory for all alarm systems after January 1, 2021. 

The ordinance grants three false alarms over the previous 12 month period. Beginning with the fourth false alarm, the violation will be considered the first chargeable offense and fined at $100 thereafter for each occurrence. If there are more than seven false alarms within that same 12 month period, you will be required to appear before the Fishers City Court Judge for fee assessment with your eighth violation. You can read the ordinance in its entirety by viewing Title XI, Chapter 111 of the Fishers Code of Ordinances.

The intent of this ordinance is to ensure that emergency alarm systems function properly and that operators are doing their part to minimize false alarms. By reducing our responses to false alarms, duty officers are available to respond to other calls for service.