Welcome to the world of Ring Alarm! You've made a smart decision by tightening the Ring of Security around your home and securing yourself against intruders, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning (with the addition of compatible detectors - sold separately) with Ring Alarm. Once you have installed and set up your system. however, it's important to understand the role of permits in home security. The remainder of this article will explain what permits are and how to get one.
A home alarm permit is a license for an alarm system that is required by many jurisdictions for any kind of monitored alarm. A monitored alarm is one in which a remote monitoring station with specially trained personnel watch the alarm 24/7 and are authorized to call for an emergency response by police, firefighters, or other emergency services. Ring Alarm (assuming you sign up for the Ring Protect Plan) is such an alarm and as such will fall under the jurisdiction of any local permit laws.
If your local jurisdiction has permit laws, that means it is mandatory that you obtain a permit after setting up your Ring Alarm. Running a monitored alarm system without a permit will subject you to some pretty hefty fines if the police respond to a false alarm. This is why the first seven days after activating your Ring Alarm system are referred to as a "practice period" where you can get used to the system, minimize the possibility of false alarms once you go "live," and get your permit squared away.
The type of permit you'll need to get depends on what the laws are in your jurisdiction. Some issue a single-alarm permit while others make a distinction between fire, police, and combined fire and police alarm permits. The Ring Alarm system would be considered a combined fire and police alarm. As a result, you may need to get a single permit that covers everything or separate police and fire alarm permits if there is no combined option.
The length of your permit will vary depending on where you live. Some jurisdictions only require an initial registration. The permit will not need to be renewed unless there is a change to your address or contact information. Other jurisdictions will require you to renew your permit on a yearly basis.
It is important that you keep the permits for your system active and up-to-date with your local jurisdiction. In addition, if your area requires a window sticker, be sure to place it in a window where you have a clear view of the sticker from the street. If any permit information changes, you should also update your Ring account. This will prevent any confusion with the information your local responding agency has on file in the event of an emergency.
When you sign up for professional monitoring with Ring Alarm, we will send you an email with information about whether you need to obtain a permit for your system and how to go about doing so. Permit requirements vary depending on where you live and fall into one of the following four categories:
- Apply for a permit yourself: If you need to apply for a permit yourself, the email you receive after signing up for monitoring will contain the names of the agencies you'll need to contact for more information about your permit. We will also include a link to your local permit application and the alarm ordinance if it's available online.
- Ring will apply for a permit for you: If it's possible, Ring will submit your first permit application for you. If this is the case, Ring will email you with more information about the cost of your permit. This email may also contain requests for more information if the application requires information that you did not provide when you signed up for monitoring. Once Ring receives the required information and your payment for the permit, we will submit the application to your jurisdiction.
- No permit is required: If no permit is required in your area, Ring will email you to let you know that no further action on your part is required.
- Ring does not have enough information: If this is the case, Ring will ask you to reach out to your local jurisdiction to find out about permit requirements in your area.
Note: Ring works hard to make sure that you always have the most current information about your local permit requirements but local jurisdictions change their ordinances and applications frequently. It is always best to reach out to your local police department or city government directly to make sure you have the most current information. In addition, be aware that you will always be responsible for updating or renewing your permit when information needs to be changed.