Home Monitoring Local Alarm Permits

I was just re-reading some of the information on the HMS web page and circled back to one small paragraph mentioning the need to contact local offices to determine whether an alarm permit is needed for the system. The brief note says that permits are not required in “most” cities. I checked my local sheriff’s web page which states that I do need a permit and the cost is $20 per year. Just wondering how many users may not be aware of the need for permits in their location.

Here is a quote from the website:

Do I need a permit to use Wyze Home Monitoring Service (HMS)?

Not in most cities. Here is a detailed page about this from the city of Seattle: https://www.seattle.gov/business-regulations/alarm-system-monitoring.

Some cities may require a permit for a professional home security system. Please check with your local government for specific requirements and rules.
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I actually just wrote a post about this. I just got hit with a $45 permit and $25 false alarm fee (our fault). After Googling, it looks like there are tons of places that require a permit in the US.

I didn’t see whatever notice you are referring to and it really irritated me that this was not a a part of the setup to have users confirm this. This is a required step, not something that belongs in fine print or buried in a FAQ. I understand places are different and not everyone needs this, but that doesn’t mean everyone shouldn’t check.

Thanks for posting this. Indeed, my state requires this. Luckily we just installed our system so I was able to register without getting fined. And bonus - we don’t have to pay to register!

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Our County charges a $10 annual fee.

Most localities will levy fines for false alerts that they respond to.