CMPD Alarm Ordinance

The City of Charlotte Alarm Ordinance requires all burglar alarm systems within the Charlotte Mecklen-burg Police jurisdiction be registered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Failure to register will place your business and/or home into a “No Response” category. We strongly suggest that your alarm system be monitored by a professional monitoring center. If your alarm system is not monitored, CMPD will not be dispatched to investigate for criminal activity. Below is some information that will assist you in registering your alarm system and familiarize you with the registration requirements.

Alarm ordinance highlights:

  •  Registration is FREE.
  •  Failure to register could result in a $100 ne and the police NOT responding to alarm activations.
  •  False alarm nes begin on the third (3rd) false alarm and range from $50 to $500 each.
  •  A permit is valid for 12 months from the date  of issuance.
  •  Permit renewals are required every 12 months.

CMPD strongly urges you to register your burglar alarm system immediately (and have it monitored by a professional monitoring center to assure police will be noti!ed). You may register by calling our toll free number, 1-877-893-5269. Sta# members are available to assist you with registration Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.  You can also register your alarm or check on your registration at

Once you have registered your alarm system, immediately call your alarm company and provide them with your alarm permit number. Be sure that everyone that may operate the alarm system is fully trained on how the system operates. False alarm responses by the CMPD will result in !nes being assessed to the registered owner.

The fine schedule is as follows:

  •  False alarms #1 and #2: Fines waived
  •  3rd, 4th, and 5th false alarm: $50 each
  •  6th and 7th false alarm: $100 each• 8th and 9th false alarm: $250 each
  •  10th and consecutive false alarms: $500 each

Failure to pay a false alarm “ne within 30 days of the date on the invoice will result in discontinuance of police response to future alarms.