The Burlington City Council recently approved Amendments to City Ordinance Chapter 3.5 entitled “Alarm Control Ordinance”. These changes will bring 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 these changes is to require alarm subscribers for businesses and residences to assume responsibility for their alarms. Alarm subscribers will be required to obtain an alarm permit, providing information on the alarm system as well as emergency contacts. A new schedule of fines for excessive alarms is included in these amendments.
If you have any questions concerning these changes, 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.
Burlington Police & Fire Department Civil Penalty for Excessive False Alarms and Failure to Obtain Applicable Alarm Permit.
Failure to Respond
If a key holder does not respond within thirty (30) minutes of the alarm, it will be counted as a false alarm.
Excessive False Alarms
Four or more false alarms within a permit year are considered excessive.
Failure to Obtain Alarm Permit
Any person or firm that fails to register their alarm system with the City of Burlington Alarm System Coordinator shall be subject to a civil penalty of $100.00.
Online Alarm Application (New)
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
Six or Seven
Eight or Nine
Ten or more
N/A (See above)