In 2018, the Aspen Police Department (APD) reported over 1,020 alarm calls, the vast majority of these calls were determined to be false alarms. Time spent responding to false alarms prevents public safety resources from responding to true emergencies. The Aspen Police Department is dedicated to continuously work with the alarm industry and users to reduce the number of false alarm instances.
Alarm System Permitting Information
Title 10 of the City of Aspen Municipal Code, regulates the operation of alarm systems within the city limits of Aspen. This Ordinance states that “every alarm user shall obtain an alarm user’s permit for each separate emergency alarm system”. Automatic dialers programmed to directly notify APD are also regulated by this ordinance and prohibited.
All alarm systems within the city limits must be permitted through the Aspen Police Department annually. The alarm user is ultimately responsible for notifying the APD of the installation of an alarm system, changes of address, emergency contacts, cancelled service and billing information (If you have sold the property, the alarm permit cannot be transferred to the new owner). The APD will only respond to permitted alarms.
Please note that we will charge for false alarms. If you have defective equipment and need to have it repaired, please contact your service provider. Be sure your employees know how to properly use the alarm system. Please keep your security system running smoothly.
Any emergency alarm system which has four (4) or more false alarms within a permit year shall be subject to permit revocation, pursuant to Code 10.04.080.
The fees this year are:
Annual alarm fee is $114.00 and is effective January 1 through December 31, 2019, pursuant to City Ordinance 10.04.010, Section 2.12.050(b);
First false alarm per year is $118.00;
Second false alarm per year is $237.00;
Third and fourth false alarms per year are $358.00;
False alarms for Banks are $380.00;
Late fees: After 60 days $10.00/month overdue.