False alarms are costly to the City. The Alarm Systems Bylaw was passed in 2002 in an effort to reduce the number of false alarm reports being made to the RCMP. In 2012, amendments were made to the Alarm Systems Bylaw 25/2002 in order to reduce the number of false alarm calls and move towards more of a user-pay service.
In 2011, false alarms cost the taxpayers of St. Albert, approximately $98,400 per year (dispatcher and operational support time, RCMP officer time, and program administration costs) with $22,830 in revenues (permit fees and alarm responses) to offset the cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What information does the City of St. Albert need to keep the alarm permit current?
We need your most recent information on file to keep your permit current. Please contact our office if you have changes to the following:
- Contact information
- Alarm monitoring company
- Business/Residence ownership
A new permit application will need to be completed if there is a change in ownership and/or address. Permits are issued in the name of the applicant (permit holder) at the alarm address and are not transferable to other residential and/or business owners or addresses.
2. Is a fee charged for false alarms in St. Albert?
There is no charge for the first false alarm per permit (where the RCMP are dispatched to your home/business for the purpose of attending a possible crime in progress) as a result of your alarm system being activated. The second and subsequent false alarms per permit will result in an invoice for a response fee:
|Permit Fees - GST Exempt|
|Reinstatement Fee - GST Exempt|
3. What happens if the response fee is not paid?
Payment is requested within 30 days of the incident as per Section 9(b) of the Alarm Systems Bylaw. If this amount is not paid, your alarm permit will be revoked. If your alarm permit is revoked and your system is activated, you will be issued a ticket under Section 4 of the Alarm Systems Bylaw for using an alarm without a permit. This carries a specified penalty of $300.
4. What is the process for reinstatement of the alarm permit?
A permit may be reinstated upon application and payment of any outstanding response fees and the $320 reinstatement fee.
5. What happens if there are more than two (2) false alarms?
If your alarm system generates three (3) or more false alarms within a six (6) month period, your alarm permit will be revoked (as per Section 9(a) of the Alarm Systems Bylaw). See above for reinstatement procedures.
For more information:
Municipal Enforcement Service
96 Bellerose Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N 7A4