Policy

All businesses and residents in the City of Garden Grove who have installed or are planning to install an alarm system must apply for an alarm permit with the Garden Grove Police Department. An alarm system is any device or connected devices designed for the detection of, or for alerting others to, an unauthorized entry on any premises (this includes audible alarms).

Garden Grove Municipal Code Section 8.60.040 states ... “no person shall install, have installed or use an alarm system on any premises without first applying for and receiving an alarm permit therefore in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance. No alarm permit issued under the provisions of this ordinance shall be assignable or transferable.”

How Do I obtain an alarm permit?

To obtain a permit, please complete the application return it and the fee payable to City of Garden Grove. Permits can either be completed online at alarms.ggcity.org or by returning the paper version by mail or in person at the Police Department Front Desk which is open Monday-Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Apply at alarms.ggcity.org

Garden Grove Police Department

Attn: Ordinance Coordinator

P.O. Box 3070

Garden Grove CA 92840

Your application will include pertinent information needed to issue your permit. A completed application must be on file for all alarm locations. The application should include your name, address, billing address, hours of operation (for business), type of alarm you have installed, monitoring company, and emergency contacts.

Once your application and payment are received, your information will be entered into the alarm system database and you will then be issued a permit number. Please note that a paper permit will not be mailed to you and one is not required to be displayed at your place of business. However, you may call (714) 741-5875 to obtain your permit number if necessary.

You will receive a renewal in the mail when it is time for your permit to expire. However, it is the responsibility of the Permitee to apply for renewal of the permit each year without notice. It is also the responsibility of the Permitee to notify the Garden Grove Police Department of any changes such as monitoring company and emergency contacts, or to cancel your permit in the event that you move or close your business. Business Permit expires at the end of the year and should be renewed prior to December 31st. Residential Permit expires at the end of the third year and should be renewed prior to December 31st.

Alarm Permit & False Alarm Prevention Fees

In October 1983, the Garden Grove City Council adopted Resolution No.6407-83 in an effort to partially recover the cost of providing Police services. The following fees shall be charged for issuance of alarm permits and prevention of false alarms. Garden Grove’s Alarm Ordinance was updated on August 27, 2019 by Resolution No. 2908-19.

Alarm Permit Fees:

Business alarm permit: $25.00 per calendar year.
Residential alarm permit: $30.00 for 3 calendar years.

False Alarm Prevention Fees:

Burglary False Alarms with a Current Permit:

Each over 2 during any 12-month period paid within 30 days of billing (number of false alarms in the last 12 months, minus 2, times $50.00)

For example:
First 2 false alarms during any 12-month period $No Charge
False alarm number 3 during any 12-month period $50.00
False alarm number 4 during any 12-month period $100.00
False alarm number 5 during any 12-month period $150.00
False alarm number 6 during any 12-month period $200.00
False alarm number 7 during any 12-month period $250.00

Burglary False Alarms with Expired or No Permit:

Each during any 12-month period paid within 30 days of billing (number of false alarms in the last 12 months multiplied by $50.00)

For example:
False alarm number 1 during any 12-month period $50.00
False alarm number 2 during any 12-month period $100.00
False alarm number 3 during any 12-month period $150.00
False alarm number 4 during any 12-month period $200.00
False alarm number 5 during any 12-month period $250.00
False alarm number 6 during any 12-month period $300.00
False alarm number 7 during any 12-month period $350.00

Robbery False Alarm:

Each false activation of an alarm indicating violation of Penal Code Section 211 (armed robbery), paid within 30 days of billing $100.00

Please contact the Alarm Coordinator at (714) 741-5875 if you have any questions regarding the alarm ordinance.