False Alarm Reduction Program

Alarms can be a nuisance. Continuous false alarms can frustrate police officers and annoy neighbors. They also prove costly both in time and money. Police Officers are often responding to false alarms when other priority calls are pending.

The Lodi Police Department responds to approximately 180 false alarms each month for an average of six false alarms daily. Most false alarms occur as a result of operator error. This program was designed to reduce the number of false alarms.

False Alarm Reduction Fee Schedule

Service or Charge
Residential/Commercial Permit
Commercial Annual Renewal Fee
1st False Alarm With Valid Permit$0
2nd False Alarm Without Completion of Alarm School Within 45 days$50
3rd False Alarm in 6 Months$100
4th False Alarm in 6 Months$200
5th and Subsequent False Alarm in 6 Months$500
1st False Alarm in 6 Months Without Valid Permit$100
2nd False Alarm in 6 Months Without Valid Permit$150
3rd False Alarm in 6 Months Without Valid Permit$200
4th False Alarm in 6 Months Without Valid Permit$250
5th and Subsequent False Alarm Without a Valid Permit$500

Lodi City Alarm Ordinance

Major Provisions of the City of Lodi Alarm Ordinance, (Lodi Municipal Code 15.56) (revised July 1999)

  1. Alarm owners must purchase an Alarm Permit before installation or use of an alarm system. Information provided on the permit helps police properly respond to an alarm. A permit fee of $25 is charged for residential customers with no renewal fee. Commercial customers are charged an annual fee of $25.
  2. Operating an alarm without a permit can result in a fine or cause a non-response by police. Offenders will be given notice and have 15 days to file for a permit.
  3. It is unlawful to have an audible alarm that sounds like a siren or rings for more than twenty minutes.
  4. Someone is required to respond to an activated alarm within 20 minutes with access to the inside of the alarm location. This enables police to investigate the alarm and verify that it is safe and secure.
  5. Alarm owners will be billed a service fee for each failure to respond to an activated alarm within the required 20 minutes.
  6. A fee will be assessed when any location has more than two false alarms during a six-month period. Billable periods are January 1 through June 30 and July 1 through December 31.
  7. Businesses or residences with chronic false alarms can be placed on a non-response list. The Lodi Police Department will not respond to alarms at these locations until the problem is corrected and all fees are paid.