Welcome to Ring Alarm! You've made a smart decision to tighten the security around your home and secure yourself against intruders, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Once you have installed and set up your system (including compatible sensors and detectors) it's important to understand the role of permits or registrations for home security. When you have professional monitoring,* your local jurisdiction (this may be your town, city, county office, or other municipality) may require an alarm or fire permit.
This article answers frequently asked questions about alarm and fire permits.
Ring Alarm can not be used to provide professional smoke/CO monitoring* at commercial locations. To learn more, click here.
Do I Need a Permit or Registration for My Ring Alarm?
Alarm system permit or registration requirements vary depending on where you live. It’s possible that you may need to obtain a permit or register your system before using Ring Alarm. Once you enable professional monitoring,* Ring will email you details about how to obtain a permit where you live.
When you receive your permit number and expiration date, you’ll need to update that information in the Ring app. If you live in a jurisdiction that does not require a permit number or an expiration date, you can enter “registered” and leave the expiration date number blank. For more information on why this is important, please see Why Do I Need a Permit? below.
If your jurisdiction sends you a window decal, please be sure to post it per their instructions.
I Have a Ring Video Doorbell. Do I Need a Permit?
No, permit requirements only apply to professionally monitored* Ring Alarm devices. At this time, the Ring Video Doorbell and Ring cameras are not monitored products.
Why Do I Need a Permit?
Many local jurisdictions have implemented permit or registration requirements to reduce the burden on police and fire departments that can be caused by false alarms. In the event of an emergency, your police department may require the central monitoring station to provide your permit number before they dispatch emergency responders to an alarm.
Because of this, it is important that you enter your permit number and expiration date into your Ring account as soon as you receive this information so the monitoring station will have it handy in the event of an alarm. If your jurisdiction does not provide this information you should enter "registered" into this field.
How Much Does a Permit Cost?
The price of a permit varies depending on where you live. The best way to determine if there is a fee and what your permit will require is to contact your local town office or police department.
How Do I Get a Permit?
When you sign up for professional monitoring* with Ring Alarm, we’ll send you an email with information about whether you need to obtain a permit or registration for your system. Permit requirements vary depending on where you live. The process for getting a permit will generally fall into one of these categories:
- You’ll need to apply for a permit yourself. If this is the case, the email you receive after signing up for professional monitoring* will contain the name of the agencies you’ll need to contact for more information about your permit. The email may also include a link to your permit application and the alarm or fire ordinance (if it is available online).
- Ring will submit the first permit application for you. If this is the case, you’ll receive an email with more information about the cost of your permit and questions if information is requested on the application that you did not provide when you signed up for professional monitoring.* Once we receive the required information and your payment for the permit, we will submit your application to your jurisdiction. Once we submit the application and it is processed, you’ll receive the permit number that you’ll need to enter into the Ring App.
- No permit is required at this time. If this is the case, Ring will email you to let you know that no further action is needed on your part.
- Ring does not have enough data to determine whether or not you need a permit. In such a case you will be asked to reach out to your local jurisdiction for permit information.
We are working hard to provide you with the most current information about your local permit requirements, but please be aware that local jurisdictions change their ordinances and applications frequently. It is best to reach out to your local police department or town office directly to ensure that you have the most current information.
Important: Once you receive the permit information from your jurisdiction, log into your Ring account and update those details so that we can provide it to emergency responders if your alarm is activated. For more information on why this is important, please see Why do I need a permit?
How Long Is My Permit or Registration Valid?
Permit lengths 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 in your address or contact information. Other jurisdictions require you to renew your permit on a recurring basis (such as annually or every other year).
It’s important that you keep the permits for your system active and up-to-date with your local jurisdiction. If any permit information changes, update your Ring account immediately. This will prevent any confusion with the information your local responding agency has on file in the event of an emergency.
Will My Permit Requirements Change if I Move?
If you’re moving, you should check with the local town office or police department that covers the address where you are moving. Even if your new address is in the same jurisdiction, you’ll need to follow their instructions to update your information so that emergency responders know where to go in the event of an emergency. This may mean that you will need to complete a new permit or registration application.
What if My Contact Information Changes?
The contact information associated with your Ring Protect account must be kept up to date with your local jurisdiction and with your alarm company. If there are any changes to your contact information or your emergency contact information, update it in the Ring app and call your local jurisdiction.
Important: If you do not keep this information current, the monitoring center may not be able to dispatch emergency responders in the event of an alarm depending on your jurisdiction’s requirements.
How Do I Learn More About the Local Regulations for Alarm Systems Where I Live?
We strongly suggest that you review any local ordinances on your community's municipal website and communicate with your local police department. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all local laws that apply to your alarm system.
Professional monitoring* licenses are available at: ring.com/licenses.
* A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for commercial properties. See Ring alarm licenses at: ring.com/licenses. Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.