Alarm Ordinance  

Alarm owners must purchase an alarm permit for $60.25 before installing or using an alarm system. This information helps officers respond to your alarm; the permit fee helps pay costs for the Alarm Reduction Program to reduce false alarms within the city. 

  • Businesses: Renew alarm permits annually.
  • Homeowners: Renew alarm permits every three years.
  • Renewal fee for alarm permits that expire on December 31 is $26.50.


Renewal notices are mailed to alarm owners in November, preceding the December 31 of the year the permit expires. Renewal fee is due by December 31.


The alarm user's permit is authorized under the Stockton Municipal Code, Section 8.44, Intrusion Detection Devices and Burglar Alarm Systems.


Alarm Ordinance Compliance

  • Alarm owners with a chronic false alarm problem may be placed on police department's non-response list or have alarm permit revoked.
  • Alarm must have a battery backup system, capable of powering alarm for at least two hours.
  • It is unlawful to own an alarm that rings for more than 20 minutes or sounds like police siren.
  • Operating an alarm without a permit may result in a fee of $293.


Alarm Permit Application


For questions, please call the Stockton Police Department, Alarm Reduction Unit.



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/29/2018