If you have a home or business in Travis County, you need to be aware of a few things...

In accordance with Chapter 68 of the Travis County Procedures, all residential and business alarms must be registered with the Travis County Sheriff's Office. Failure to register an alarm is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

You can download the Alarm Application or obtain one by calling the Finance Department at (512) 854-4768.

Important Information for Alarm Owners

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 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.

Process

First, determine whether you live in an unincorporated area of the county. The policy does not affect people who live in cities, just rural areas. We do not require registration of alarms that are in the following city limits - however, these communities may have their own ordinances or rules and if you live in one of these areas you should contact your local police department:

  • Austin
  • Bee Caves
  • Jonestown
  • Lago Vista
  • Lakeway
  • Manor
  • Mustang Ridge
  • Pflugerville
  • Rollingwood
  • Sunset Valley
  • Westlake Hills

All residence and business alarms must be registered by January 1st of each year. The permit is good for one calendar year and must be renewed annually. The alarm registration fee is $25 for a residence and $50 for business. Alarms are non-transferable and fees are not prorated.

Each permit holder is allowed 5 free false alarms before a fine will be imposed. The fine for each false alarm after five is $75. You will be issued a permit and it must remain on-site. 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) 854-9770.

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