Alarm Permits and Renewals
In accordance with City of Champaign municipal code, residents and businesses within Champaign City limits are required to annually register their alarm systems. Any alarm system or equipment designed to provide audible, mechanical, or electrical signals which indicate a disturbance or other activity that requires urgent attention, is required to obtain a permit. Code 1985 Chapter 4—Alarm Systems was approved by the Champaign City Council in March 2015, and serves to reduce the false alarm costs to the City and its residents. The City has contracted with third-party vendor PMAM Corporation to manage the alarm permits and false alarms tracking.
The City of Champaign and Champaign Police see the alarm registration and tracking as an added strength to public safety, as false alarms have shown to make up approximately 3.5% of CPD’s total calls for service. These calls can be costly and a hazard to our community in that they divert police officers from proactive crime prevention efforts and delay response to calls that may be real emergencies. The City would like to see a reduction in these numbers to give more opportunity for officer engagement and response to actual emergencies.
Alarm registrations and renewals may be done in three ways:
- Register online via the Alarm Permits and Renewals Web Portal
- Call PMAM Corporation (a City contractor) at 888-408-9026
- Mail a check to: City of Champaign Alarm Program, P.O. Box 142375, Irving, TX 75014
Residents that receive an annual renewal letter that includes billing errors are asked to contact Champaign Police representative Ronnie Lauria-Heugel at 217-403-6995.