If you are the owner of an alarm system, Chapter 93, Section 7:403 of the Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances (pdf) requires you to register your alarm and obtain a permit annually. The alarm registration process requires you to provide the Police and Fire Department alarm staff with three names, addresses and telephone numbers for individuals who can be contacted day or night and have the ability to turn off your business or home security system in your absence.
New for 2013, the annual permit cost is $37 and is collected as part of the online registration process. The Ann Arbor City Code also requires the alarm connection permit holder to pay all "false alarm" fees charged pursuant to Chapter 93.
How do I register my alarm?
To register your alarm and ensure your contact information is up to date, visit www.a2alarms.com. All registration information is stored on a secure city server and information is not used for other purposes.
What happens if I don’t register my alarm?
Any alarm system response that does not have a valid permit will be automatically assessed a $37 fee in addition to the false police alarm penalty of $82 or false fire alarm penalty of $250 per incident. The applicable fees will be invoiced to as they occur. Invoices can be paid online via the City's Customer Service Center.
How do I update contact information if it changes?
If contact information provided on your alarm connection permit application changes, information can be updated online at www.a2alarms.com. If you have any questions, please call (734) 619-0550.
Can I register my alarm by mail?
If you can't register online, alarm registration applications and permit checks are accepted via mail. To register your alarm by mail, download and complete the alarm connection permit application (PDF), and send the completed form and a $37 check made payable to the City of Ann Arbor to:
City of Ann Arbor/Alarms Processing
P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Per Resolution R-275-7-03 (07/07/2003) the following fees are in effect regarding alarms and connection fees:
Copies of the city ordinances concerning alarm enforcement can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's Office at (734) 794-6140 or downloading Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances (pdf) file. City Code pertaining to alarm systems and connection permits may be found in Chapter 77 and Chapter 93.
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