El Cerrito

False Alarm Fees

Fines Explained 
Police Alarms 1st False Alarm in 365 Day Period 2nd-5th False Alarm in 365 Day Period 6th or more False Alarms in 365 Day Period  
Permitted Alarm No Charge $90.00 $194.00  
Non-Permitted Alarm $125.00 $125.00 $125.00  
Pricing Effective 1/9/2019

Did You Know?

False security alarms are very costly and prevent police officers from responding to actual emergencies. A false alarm is any alarm signal which causes a police department response when an emergency does not exist. The City of El Cerrito requires residences and commercial businesses with alarm systems to obtain and maintain an annual alarm registration permit and reimburse the City for excessive false security alarms. The City allows up to 1 false alarms within a 365 day period with no charge for permitted users. False alarm fines begin with the first false alarm for unpermitted users.



*Submit a written request/statement as to why you feel the charge and/or occurrence should be waived or removed from your account, along with any supporting documentation (police reports, alarm company documentation, etc)

*Submit via email using the Contact Us page.

*Be sure to include Permit License #, alarm location address, and incident date(s) in question. 

*Submit within fifteen (15) calendar days of the notice imposing the charge.

Online Payment

Mail-In Payment

Mail check or money order to:

El Cerrito Police Department - Alarm Unit
P.O. Box 670
Cathedral City, CA 92235-0670

Please include your name, address of alarm system and bottom portion of the fee notice letter.