If you just had a new alarm system installed for your Houston business, you’ll need to get a permit from the city.
Many cities around the U.S. have instituted permit requirements in an effort to reduce false alarms, which cause unnecessary expense to police and fire departments.
In this blog, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to get a permit in Houston.
You can apply for a permit from the city in 3 ways: online, by mail or in person. We’ll share how to do each one below.
The most convenient way to apply for a permit is to visit the City of Houston Burglar Alarm Administration website.
Here, you can click on the icon titled “First time visitor,” and click the button titled, “Apply and pay online.”
Note: Make sure to have your company credit card handy.
You’ll be taken to a screen where you can see the permit and administrative fees and the responsibilities of you as the alarm system owner.
After that information page, you’ll be taken to an online form where you can input your business info. Here are a few tips when filling out the form:
Once the online form is filled out, you’ll pay the permit fee and everything will be submitted to the city and you’ll have a valid permit.
Just fill out the form by hand and mail a check or money order with the application fee to the address below:
City of Houston – Burglar Alarm Administration
P.O. Box 203887, Houston, Texas 77216-3887
You can also submit the application and pay the fee in person by visiting the address below:
Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002
The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The cost of a burglar alarm permit currently costs $118.58. Plus, you’ll have to pay an additional administrative fee of $29.64. In total, a burglar alarm permit will cost $148.22.
If you also need a holdup or panic alarm permit, it’s an additional $118.58 plus the administrative fee.
A burglar alarm permit in Houston lasts one year from the date of issue. Your permit will need to be renewed annually prior to the expiration date.
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