Riverside Police Department

Alarm Enforcement Unit


The purpose of this ordinance is to establish standards and controls to reduce the incidents of false alarm calls responded to by the Police Department. Important portions of the Alarm User’s Ordinance are synopsized herein.

False alarm means the activation of an alarm resulting from human error, a system malfunction, improper installation of the alarm system, or design deficiencies causing an alarm business or reporting party to summon the police when no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal offense is found.

No person shall install or cause to be installed, use, or maintain an alarm system on premises owned, rented or leased within the City without first having obtained an alarm user’s permit from the Police Department. A one-time application fee of $16 shall be paid as set forth by resolution of the City Council. No Online Applications/Payments are accepted at this time.

The Police Department may declare an alarm system at a specific location to be a nuisance if such alarm system activates excessive false alarms. The City Council hereby finds and determines that three false alarms at a permitted location within a calendar year are excessive and thereby constitutes a public nuisance.

A higher false alarm penalty has been established for each additional false alarm during the same calendar year. The penalty has been established by resolution of the City Council. All penalties must be paid within thirty days from the date the invoice was rendered. Non-permitted locations are subject to a higher penalty schedule.


False Alarm Response Permitted Non-Permitted 
1st response No charge Warning
2nd  response No charge $350
3rd  response $100 $400
4th  response $150 $450
5th response $200 $500
6th+ response $250 $500


If you have any questions or would like to dispute a False Alarm Response Report please contact us at:

Riverside Police Department
Alarm Enforcement Unit
4102 Orange Street  Riverside, California 92501
(951) 826-5600  FAX (951) 826-2536

email: RPDAlarms@riversideca.gov

For further information on false alarm prevention, please visit
the False Alarm Reduction Association

[Download the complete ordinance]
[Download the False Alarm Appeal Form]
[Download the Alarm Business/Agent/Monitoring Company Registration]

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