For residences and businesses that have alarm systems within the Travis County Sheriff’s jurisdiction, a permit is required, per Chapter 68 of the Travis County Procedures.
Travis County Sheriff’s jurisdiction means that a sheriff deputy will respond to a residence or business if dispatched. If you live in Travis County and are within the City Limits of another jurisdiction, please contact your local police department to inquire if an alarm permit is required. If you need to determine your jurisdiction, please call 512.854.4768 for assistance.
At this time, alarm permit registration and/or payment is not accepted over the phone or online.
You can download the Alarm Application or obtain one by calling the Finance Department at 512.854.4768. If an email address is provided on the application, your permit will be emailed to you. If an email is on file, your renewal notice will be emailed to you during the renewal period.
Please mail the alarm application and payment to the following address:
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Alarm Permit
P.O. Box 459
Del Valle, Texas 78617
At this time, credit card payments are not accepted over the phone or in person.
Check or Money Order Payable to: Travis County
Business Permit: $50
Residential Permit: $25
Payment in person can be taken to:
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78751
Please comply with the following as an alarm permit holder:
• Permit is valid from the date of issuance to December 31.
• Renewal is required by January 1.
• Permit is non-transferable and fees are not prorated.
• Permit must remain on-site.
• Permit holder is allowed 5 free false alarms before a fine will be imposed. The fine for each false alarm after five is $75.
Chapter 68.016 Violations
Any person commits an offense if he or she violates any provision of these rules not otherwise provided for and punishable under Texas law, as enacted and amended. An offense under this section is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).
Help Reduce False Alarms
A properly maintained and operated alarm system may protect your family and property from danger. However, a malfunctioning or abused system may do just the opposite. Up to 95% of the alarm calls that our officers respond to are false. The false alarm responses take the officers away from proactive patrol efforts in the community. Therefore, it is our goal to work with alarm owners to reduce the number of false alarms so that we may do our job and be there when an actual emergency occurs. The alarm policy of Travis County is designed to ensure that local law enforcement has your alarm on record so that we can contact you if there is a problem. It also has rules for owners so that alarms are properly installed and operated.
Your alarm must have a 30-minute shut off feature. The permit-holder, or a designee, must be able to deactivate or reset the alarm if needed. The permit holder is responsible for the maintenance of the alarm and for the training of persons in its use. Our Community-Based Policing Officers can assist you if you have questions about problems with your alarm and they can give you tips on ways to make sure that you do not have false alarms. If you would like to schedule a Home Security Inspection, please call 512.854.2203.