Alarm Permits

It is the responsibility of the Laguna Beach Police Department to respond to burglary and robbery alarms, to enforce penalties for false alarms, and to issue Alarm Permits.  The City of Laguna Beach has an ordinance that requires anyone with an operating burglary or robbery alarm system to obtain a permit from the Police Department to legally operate that alarm system.  The ordinance applies to residences as well as businesses.

The Alarm Permit is issued for two years.  The fee for the two-year permit is $25.00 for a residential alarm system and $50 for a commercial alarm system.

If you have an alarm system and do not have a permit, you can see a PDF copy of the permit application by clicking here.  Please print the application and fill it in completely.  You may carry or mail the completed application, along with your check or money order payable to the City of Laguna Beach, to:

Laguna Beach Police Department
Attn:  Alarm Officer
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Police Officers responded to about 1,400 alarm calls last year.  Almost all of these were false alarms.

The alarm ordinance includes penalties for excessive false alarms as follows:

  • The penalty fee for any false robbery alarm is $100
  • The penalty fee for each false burglary alarm in excess of three in a 12-month period is $50
  • The penalty fee for each false burglary alarm in excess of six in a 12-month period is $100
  • The penalty fee for each false alarm without an alarm permit is $50 in addition to the above
  • There is a 10% charge per month for all unpaid balances up to a maximum of 100%

If you have any questions relating to alarm system permits or fees, please contact the Alarm Officer at (949) 497-0306.  Allow up to a week for a return call, as this position is staffed part-time.