Chevy Chase Village MD

Chevy Chase Village requires that any home with an audible alarm system register it with the Village. You are not required to register with Montgomery County. Please note that if your system was installed after June 1984, your system is required to have an automatic shut off after 30 minutes of activation. If your system was installed after October 2014, your system is not permitted to utilize exterior sound equipment.

It is very important in Chevy Chase Village that you make absolutely sure that the alarm company you choose is registered with either Montgomery County or Montgomery County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC). If they are not registered, neither Chevy Chase Village, nor Montgomery County will be dispatched to assist.

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Prince George's County MD

Prince George's County requires alarm system registration for all residential and commercial users. In 1996 the county created the False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) after discovering that just over 98% of all alarms triggered to request police response were false. FARU works diligently to combat these errors, saving police time and resources. Urban Alarm highly recommends that you comply with their registration codes. Luckily, Prince George's County does not require a fee for registering your alarm system, whether it's residential or commercial. Once you've completed the form, simply mail it in to the address provided at the top and you're done. You can find the necessary registration form here:

FARU Registration Form -

While there's no registration fee required, there are financial penalties for false alarms. These do not begin until the 3rd alarm sent. To find specific fee information, please consult FARU's official website below:

FARU's Web Site –

It should be noted here that after a 6th false alarm, you must have your system inspected and re-certified by your alarm company. This certification includes a $25.00 fee. After 12 false alarms, you must have your system totally upgraded. This certification includes a $50.00 fee.

If you have further questions for FARU, you may reach them by phone at: (301) 883-5465

Montgomery County MD

Bethesda officials require that you register your alarm system if your system is programmed to dispatch the police. Urban Alarm is happy to provide you with the necessary registration form as well as a signed Installation Certificate. However, you must get the registration form to the police department yourself, either through mail or hand delivery.

In order to lower the number of police officers called due to false alarms, Montgomery County has created the False Alarm Response Section (FARS). FARS has instituted fees as a penalty for false alarms. This is meant to offset the loss of police resources.

To view the fee calendar and learn more, click here:

Please note that under Montgomery county law, your alarm company is not allowed to request a police dispatch to your property until 7 days after your alarm system has been registered. If you believe that there will be high risk to any people or property during the waiting period you may submit a waiver to FARS. To do this, simply call the Administrative Office and request a “burn-in” or “soak” period waiver form.