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Police and Fire Alarm Ordinance

Contact Information
Police Contact - Stan Moss: (336) 229-3528
Fire Contact - John Moyers: (336) 229-3577

The City of Burlington adopted a Police & Fire alarm ordinance in an effort to make alarm response more effective. The ordinance brings the City of Burlington in line with alarm policies in surrounding municipalities and gain control over a problem with excessive false alarms within the City.  The main focus of this ordinance is to require alarm subscribers for businesses and residences to assume responsibility for their alarms.  Alarm subscribers are required to obtain an alarm permit, providing information on the alarm system as well as emergency contacts.  A schedule of fines for excessive alarms is included in these amendments.

If you have any questions concerning the Alarm Ordinance, please feel free to contact the Alarm System Coordinator for the Police Department, Corporal Stan Moss at 336-229-3528 or Alarm System Coordinator for the Fire Department, Captain John Moyers at 336-229-3677.

Effective July 1, 2004
Failure to Obtain Alarm Permit – All alarm systems shall be registered with the City of Burlington. Any person or firm that fails to register an alarm system with the City of Burlington, Alarm System Coordinator shall be subject to a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Online Alarm Application (New)

Excessive False Alarms – Four or more false alarms within a permit year is excessive.

Civil Penalties – Excessive false alarms for any alarm system within a permit year shall subject the alarm user to a civil penalty according to the following schedule.

Failure to respond – If a keyholder does not respond within thirty (30) minutes of the alarm, it will be counted as a false alarm. Failure to provide up-to-date contact information can also result in a "Failure to Respond" situation of a false alarm.


Tips for preventing false alarms.

Civil Penalties
Excessive false alarms for any alarm system within a permit year shall subject alarm user to a civil penalty according to the following schedule:

Number of False Alarms

Police Civil Penalty

Fire Civil Penalty

Four or Five

$50.00 each

$100.00 each

Six or Seven

$50.00 each

$200.00 each

Eight or Nine

$50.00 each

$300.00 each

Ten or more

$50.00 each

$500.00 each

Eleven

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N/A (See above)