Emergency Alarm System Permits

In 2020, the Aspen Police Department responded to 1,055 emergency alarm system activations. More than 30% of these calls were for false alarms. Responding to false alarms costs both you and the community. Please help the Aspen Police Department provide the best response by registering your emergency alarm system.

To register your emergency alarm system and/or to pay your false alarm invoice, click the corresponding button below. 


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Emergency Alarm System Permitting Information

Title 10 of the City of Aspen Municipal Code regulates the operation of emergency 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 emergency 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 emergency alarm system, changes of address, emergency contacts, canceled service, and billing information. If you have sold the property, the alarm permit cannot be transferred to the new owner. 

The Aspen Police Department will only respond to permitted alarms within Aspen city limits. 

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 you know how to properly use the emergency alarm system. Please keep your emergency alarm 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. 

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