Sellers / installers of security alarm systems must register their company with the Huntsville Department of Public Safety prior to performing business in the City of Huntsville. To do so they must appear at the Alarm Management Office, 815 Wheeler Ave, Huntsville, AL 35801.
It is required that you present a copy of your AESBL license information on your personnel's AESBL I.D. cards and a Certificate of Insurance.
Monitoring services may register by mail or fax to: 256-427-5622
The Huntsville Police Alarm Management Unit was established to help cut down on the number of false alarms called in to the Police Department. The Huntsville Police Department is required to respond to all alarm calls as "first priority" so if these calls are false then time and money are being wasted. Our Alarm Unit intends to help promote effective community safety from our alarm providers.
Office Hours-Monday thru Friday 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1:30p.m. thru 3:30p.m. ***Excluding City of Huntsville holidays*** **Appointments are suggested**
City of Huntsville Alarm Permit Fees
Type of Permit
Residential (New or Renewal)
Business-less than 10,000sq.ft (New or Renewal)
Business-more than 10,000sq.ft (New or Renewal)
City of Huntsville False Alarm Fines & Penalties
First and Second FAN (false alarm notification) Third and Fourth FAN Fifth and Sixth FAN Seventh thru Ninth FAN Tenth and Subsequent FAN Failure to Attend Alarm Class TO ALL FINES, ADD COURT COST
Warning Only Attend False Alarm Class $25 fine & False Alarm Class $50 fine & False Alarm Class $100 fine & False Alarm Class 50 fine $198.00
What to Expect if Your Alarm Goes Off and HPD Responds
After responding the officer will turn into the Alarm Management Unit a report of the alarm and possible cause and if anyone was present to explain the alarm.
The Alarm Management Unit will then send a notice to the property owner or manager. This notice will show the date and time of the activation along with any other activations and whether previous alarms were excused or not.
You should respond either by mail or fax to the cause of the alarm. If there was a technical problem with the alarm system, an Alarm Company service ticket should be included in the response.
If there is a response and it is found to be valid then the alarm will be excused and no further action is needed.
If there is no response or the the response is invalid then the alarm will remain not excused and may require attendance of a False Alarm Prevention Class or other fines and fees.
The following is some information to help residents understand the purpose of an alarm and the city's alarm ordinance.
Info/Facts: 98%of all alarm activations are false alarms. 45% of alarm sites go all year without a false alarm. 35% have two or less. 20% create 85% of all false alarms, 5% create 50% of the false alarm problems, 79% of alarm users do not really have full knowledge of their system and its use, 89% of all false alarms are caused by people's carelessness.
A false alarm shall mean an alarm notification or dispatch summoning the Police Department to the location of the alarm activation and the responding officer finds no evidence of the crimes or the attempted crimes of burglary, robbery, or any other criminal offense, after having completed an inspection of the interior or exterior of the premises.