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No. Humboldt County does not issue paper alarm user permits. You are issued a permit number and your permit information is kept in a computer database at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
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There are currently no alarm systems directly connected to the Sheriff’s Office however, there are several different ways the Sheriff’s Office can be notified of a locations alarm system.
Permitting requirements only apply to monitored security systems. Residents owning cameras or other security devices that are not monitored by a security company or trigger a law enforcement response upon activation are not mandated to obtain a permit under County Code Chapter 916.
If an annual permit is not paid the location is still monitored for false alarms. If a false alarm occurs the alarm owner is assessed a fine for each false alarm and is billed accordingly. If false alarm fines are not paid the charges are sent to collections.
Permit renewals occur every 2 years on the same date as the initial permit inception.
Yes. You will be sent a renewal notice by mail.
A false alarm is any alarm (silent or audible) that requires police response that turns out to be a non-emergency. This includes operator error and system mal functions. If Deputies arrive at a location that is locked and secured, no attempt of break-in is found, and no persons are on scene it is usually considered a false alarm. If natural forces like earthquake or severe winds is to blame for the false alarm, then it does not count as a chargeable false alarm. Deputies may also use discretion if there are other circumstances that should be considered to classify the false alarm as not chargeable.
Effective April 23rd, 2021; with a paid permit each location is permitted two non-invoiced false alarms each calendar year. Each additional alarm accrues an additional $50 fee; for example: 3rd false alarm $50.00. 4th false alarm $100.00, 5th false alarm $150.00, 6th false alarm $200.00. Please note if your alarm system has 6 or more false alarms within a 6-month period you may be subject to possible revocation of your permit.