Alarm Permits

Did you know? If your home or business has an alarm system, the City of Leander requires an annual alarm permit. An alarm system is equipment that emits, transmits, or relays a signal intended to summon police, fire, or emergency medical services.

Alarm permits must be issued by the Leander Police Department's contracted service provider, which processes alarm permits, identifies abusers, tracks frequent false alarms, mitigates problems associated with alarm responses, contacts property owners for reimbursement of city costs, and processes ordinance violations.

View the alarm permit ordinance for more information.

It is your responsibility to obtain a permit for your alarm system each year, not your alarm company, home builder, or alarm installer. Operating an alarm system without a valid permit can result in fines of up to $500.

Alarm Permit Application

Tips for Zero False Alarms

Avoid Objects That Can Trigger Your Alarm System

  • Unlocked or unsecured doors or windows
  • Unsupervised pets
  • Loose fitting doors
  • Open windows
  • Mylar balloons
  • Drafts that move plants and curtains

Enhance Your Alarm System's Potential

  • Train persons with keys to your home on complete alarm system operation.
  • Instruct domestic help or repair persons on the proper operation of system.
  • Have proper security hardware; deadbolt door docks, and window locks.
  • Expand your protection with an alert Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Properly Maintain Your Alarm System

  • Make regular inspections of your alarm system's components.
  • Replace the main battery every 3 years.
  • Test your system monthly.
  • Schedule regular maintenance checks by your alarm company.
  • Notify the alarm company after remodeling or adding pets.
  • If you have questions about your alarm system refer to your owner's manual or call your alarm company.

Before testing your system, notify the alarm company to avoid unnecessary emergency calls. 

Learn more from the False Alarm Reduction Association.