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Safety First

Home Security Alarms

The City of Garland requires alarm system users to obtain an alarm permit from the Garland Police Department. 


An alarm system is equipment which emits, transmits or relays a signal intended to summon, or that would reasonably be expected to summon, Police Department services, Fire Department services or Fire Department emergency medical services including, but not limited to, local alarms. A person commits an offense if he operates or causes to be operated an alarm system without an alarm permit issued by the Garland Police Department. It is YOUR responsibility to obtain a permit for your alarm system, NOT your alarm company. 


Operating an alarm system without a valid permit can result in fines up to $500. 


The Alarm Unit is charged with the responsibility to process alarm permits, identify abusers, track frequent false alarms, and other problems associated with alarm responses and contact the owners for reimbursement of costs to the City of Garland and issue citations for violations of the Alarm Permit Ordinance. 


To obtain an alarm permit application:

  • Call the Alarm Unit at 972-205-1658

  • Contact the desk officer at police headquarters, 

    1891 Forest Lane 

    Garland, TX 75042

  • Print the permit form from this website. 

    To obtain a copy of the Alarm Ordinance contact the Alarm Unit at 972-205-1658.

  • Alarm Permit (pdf format)

  • Tips for Zero False Alarms

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