Arlington County VA

Arlington requires that all security alarm systems be registered with the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). This does not include fire or car alarm systems. If you are a tenant in a multitenant residential or commercial building, you must register independently. You will not be covered by the building’s ownership.

Where to Obtain a Registration Form:

There are several ways that you can go about registering your alarm system with the ACPD:

1. If you have an alarm company install your system for you, you may request the required information from them at the time of installation.

2. If you do not have a company to refer to, you may register your alarm system with the ACPD online. There you may fill out the required information and pay a fee if required.


There is no fee for registering a residential alarm system. If you are registering for a commercial system you must pay a one-time, nonrefundable $30.00 fee.

If you are the owner or property manager of an apartment complex and you provide alarm systems to residents, you are required to file a separate registration for each individual unit. The cost for each unit should be $1. For more information regarding fees, please see the False Alarm Enforcement Office at the ACPD’s website:

Penalties for False Alarms:

  • (1st) FREE
  • (2nd) FREE
  • (3rd) $100.00
  • (4th) $150.00
  • (5th) $200.00
  • Up to $500 each for the 9th or more

You can make payments by cash, check, money order, and most major credit or debit cards. If paying by card you must appear in person at the ACPD’s Record’s Management Section.

Please note, these fees apply only if false alarm activation results in dispatched police arriving on-site to your location.

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Loudoun County VA


Loudon has their own False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) that is responsible for enforcing alarm registration and fees. Loudon’s FARU requires that all alarm systems be registered, regardless of whether your site is commercial or residential.

Where to Obtain a Registration Form:

There are two different options when submitting your registration form.

1. You may print a form from their website and mail it to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, care of FARU.

2. You can also complete the form online. This method allows you to receive immediate confirmation that your registration has been filed.

Please visit the FARU’s official Registration Form page for further information including a mailing address and a link to the form online. The site may be found here:


There is no fee for registering your alarm system.

However, there are fees for false alarms that result in the arrival of a deputy to your site.

Penalties for False Alarms:

In Loudon, there are different false alarm fees for residential properties and commercial properties. See below for a detailed breakdown.


·      First alarm: Free

·      Second alarm: Free

·      Third alarm ($100): The fee escalates by $50 per activation

·      Ninth alarm: The fee escalates by $100 per activation

·      Fifteenth alarm: The fee is $1,000 per activation


·      First alarm: Free

·      Second alarm: Free

·      Third alarm ($100): The fee escalates by $100 per activation

·      Twelfth alarm: The fee escalates by $250 per activation

·      Sixteenth alarm: The fee escalates by $500 per activation

·      Twentieth alarm: The fee is $4,000 per activation

Fairfax County VA

Alarm system registration is required for residential users in Fairfax County. 

Where to Obtain a Registration Form:

You have several options available to you to get a registration form.

If you are an Urban Alarm Customer a false alarm registration for will be provided to you or submitted on your behalf. To check the status of this or to request a copy visit the Contact Us section on this web site.

  1. You can pick a form up personally from the City Treasurer’s Office in City Hall.
  2. You can request a form through mail by calling 703 246 5424.
  3. You can e-mail them. To do this, visit the Security Alarms section of their website and select the ‘E-mail Us’ link.

 Fairfax County Alarm Registration Fees

There is no registration fee for residential users within Fairfax city limits. If you are a commercial user, there is a fee of $25. If you are within the Fairfax County line but outside of Fairfax city limits, there is a $25 fee for residential and commercial users.

What is the penalty for false alarms?

 Fairfax County applies fees for any false alarm that authorities are dispatched to respond to. This applies to all residential, industrial, and commercial properties. You can use the chart below to find all fees for each calendar year. False alarm response fees start at $100 and can increase to $3000 per false alarm. Fees are imposed on the following basis within a 12-month calculation period:

  • (1st) $0.00
  • (2nd) $0.00
  • (3rd) $100.00
  • (4th) $150.00
  • (5th) $200.00
  • Up to $3000 each for the 25th or more

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