Alarm Permits

 The Online Option is now available for new and registered alarm users.

Program Overview

False alarms cost the city and its citizen's thousands of dollars per year and take police officers away from actual emergencies. To prevent unnecessary emergency responses to false alarms, in December 2006, the City of North Richland Hills adopted an alarm ordinance and program. The alarm ordinance establishes business and residential alarm code requirements. The ordinance requires business and residential alarm users to register their alarm systems with the city by paying an annual permit fee.

Types of False Alarms

  • Negligently or accidentally activated signals
  • Signals resulting from mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, improper adjustment, or improper maintenance
  • Signals that are purposely activated in non-emergency situations

Common Causes of False Alarms

  • Weak system batteries
  • Wandering pets
  • Open, unlocked, or loose fitting doors and windows
  • Cleaning crews
  • Employees of family members untrained in the operation of an alarm system

Alarm Fees

        Permit Fees 
    • Business: $50 initial permit, $25 annual renewal
    • Resident: $20 initial permit, $10 annual renewal
    • Senior (65 or older): $10 initial permit, $10 annual renewal
  •  False Alarm Fees 
    • First through third: no fee
    • Fourth and fifth: $50 each
    • Sixth and seventh: $75 each
    • Eighth and beyond: $100 each
  • False Robbery Alarms Fees 
    • First: no fee
    • Second and third: $100 each
    • Fourth and beyond: $200 each

 Non-Permitted Alarm System

 All alarm systems must be registered

Any person operating a non-permitted
alarm system will be subject to a
$100 fine.

 Payment Options 
    • Online via credit card
    • Mail in check or money order
    • In person (4301 City Point Drive)

Note: Payments are not accepted via phone. 

 We're going green!
With the full implementation of the in-house False Alarm Reduction and Administration Program, we would like to offer our residents the opportunity to opt-in to email notification for all alarm permit services. This will include notification of burglar activation, invoices, and other correspondence related to the accounts. To opt-in, please send an email providing the following information: 1) the alarm permit number and/or address, 2) two contact phone numbers, and 3) preferred email address to receive notifications.


If you need additional training on the operation of your alarm system or an alarm maintenance check, please contact your specific alarm installation company directly.

For questions visit our FAQ section or contact: 

City of North Richland Hills - False Alarm Reduction Program 
PO Box 820609 
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Monday - Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Phone:  817-427-7072

For questions visit our FAQ section or contact: 

City of North Richland Hills 
False Alarm Reduction Program 

PO Box 820609 
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Monday - Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.