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Alarm Permits

If you have recently installed or activated an alarm system in your home or business, you have taken a very important step in crime prevention. Your next important step is to obtain an alarm permit to operate your system.

The Police Department administers the alarm permit program for the City, which was enacted by ordinance (see Chapter 8.28 Emergency Assistance Alarms).  The code requires every alarm user to obtain a user permit within 30 days of the alarm system becoming operational, and permits are renewed annually.

A permit system allows the department to collect current premise and occupant information for the safety and protection of police and emergency responders.  The information from your alarm permit application is entered into the Clackamas County Communications database (CCOM-911). Permit documents are kept by the Canby Police Department in a secure manner as required by law and shredded if disposed.


Download a copy of the application, complete it and return with the $20 application fee.  Pay by check or money order if mailing the application.  If you prefer to submit it in person at the Police Department, we accept payments of Credit/Debit card and cash. 

Alarm permit fee for business $20
Alarm permit fee for residential $20
Alarm permit fee for 65 or older if no business is conducted in the residence No Charge
Late fee for renewing alarm permit due within 15 days of installation or expiration of permit $25 each occurrence


A false alarm is defined as a completed alarm dispatch where the responding law enforcement officer determines that there is no evidence of a crime or attempted crime. If your alarm is triggered but no officer is dispatched, or if the dispatch is cancelled prior to the officer’s arrival, or if there is evidence of a crime or attempted crime, no designation of “false alarm” will be applied.

Nationwide, approximately 90% of electronic security alarm dispatches are false alarms, and up to 80% of false alarms are caused by preventable user errors.  It’s important to reduce false alarms because they can deplete limited police resources and jeopardize police officer safety.

While local law enforcement agencies encourage the use of alarm systems, we encourage alarm users to be aware of their responsibilities, including proper use of the alarm system and false alarm prevention. For information about home and business security alarm systems including how to prevent false alarms:

FARA (False Alarm Reduction Association)

False Alarm Checklist

False Alarm FAQ


The Alarm Coordinator handles responsibilities for the program including: issuance of alarm permits, alarm ordinance enforcement, collection of fees and false alarm fines, educating citizens about false alarm prevention, and working with police officers to help reduce community false alarms.

Contact the Alarm Coordinator:

Shelly Lanier
503-266-1104 or
Office Hours:  Monday through Friday  8am – 5pm

Canby Police • 1175 NW 3rd Ave. • Canby, OR 97013
Emergency Dial 911 • Non-Emergency Dispatch 503-655-8211 • Business Phone: (503) 266-1104

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