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Alarms Permit & False Alarm Information

The police department has responded to an average of 2083 alarm activations per year, 97% of these are false alarms, only 3% required police action or involvement. The police department is hoping to reduce the number of false alarm activations by alarm owner involvement, responsibility and commitment.

To apply for an Alarm User’s Permit or pay your invoice click on the link Alarm Permit.

The most significant changes for the public are as follows:

  • All commercial and residential properties with installed alarm hardware are required to have an alarm permit on file with the City of Newark. These permits expire two years after date of issuance.
  • Commercial and residential alarm owners are required to renew their alarm permit biennially at a renewal cost of $10.00. Alarm owners who have alarm permits on file at present will be required to renew their permits by 07/01/2009 or if and when information changes to the permit is necessary, which ever comes first.
  • A false alarm is defined as, “the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure; malfunction; improper installation, maintenance or operation; or the negligence of the owner, lessee or their employees or agents. Such terminology does not include, for example, alarm activation caused by earthquakes, violent storms, power fluctuation, or other violent uncontrollable acts of nature.
  • Fines levied for False Alarm activations:
    • 1st False alarm – $55.00
    • 2nd False alarm - $105.00
    • 3rd False alarm - $210.00
    • Subsequent violations - $210.00 each

Fees will roll back to the previous level after a period of 90 false alarm free days for each violation level.

Having a Party?

Both your neighbors and the Police Department recognize your right to have a social gathering or party. Everyone's expectations are:

  • The gathering will be peaceful and law abiding
  • Music or noise will not be disturbing
  • The gathering will end without disturbance

If it is your gathering or party, naturally you are responsible for controlling it. If it becomes necessary to legally ensure the peace, it becomes a Police Department responsibility. It has been the experience of the Police Department that most gatherings come and go without the need for police attention. Unfortunately, it has also been our experience that some gatherings do require our attention. The Police Department will become involved when:

  • Neighbors complain to us of excessive noise, illegal-parking damage to their property, or other unusual activities
  • A Police Officer on patrol observes the same sorts of activity
  • You call because the gathering has gone beyond your ability to control. If this occurs, please don't hesitate to call us. We can help you bring it back under control or close it without the need for enforcement action

We do not want to take such action.

We would prefer you bring your gathering back under control without the need for further police involvement. We hope you understand our duty to balance your right to enjoy a good time against your neighbor's right to a peaceful and secure existence.