Alarm System Registration

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Wauwatosa has an alarm registration ordinance that requires residents and businesses to register their alarm systems with the Police Department. This registration applies to all alarm systems.

How it works

Homes and businesses with alarms will need to obtain an annual alarm permit. When obtaining the permit, the owner will be required to register certain information with us:

  • The alarm monitoring company (if there is one)
  • Authorized key holders
  • Phone numbers

This information allows us to easily contact the property owner in the event of an emergency or to verify that all is in order. Another benefit of the annual permit is that the key holder information will be updated each year ensuring that we have accurate contact information.

How to register / obtain an Alarm Permit

  1. Complete an Alarm Registration Form.
  2. Submit the form by mail (see form), email (, or fax (414) 471-8447.
  3. Pay the appropriate fee.

Payment may be made only by mail or in-person:
Wauwatosa Police Department
1700 N. 116 St
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Annual Fees

The fee for the permit is $25 annually. Please note, if you do not register your alarm system, the police will still respond when notified of an alarm. However, understand that failure to register your alarm system with us is a violation of Ordinance 7.08.005, and you may be cited and fined. Additionally, late registrations are subject to a $50 late fee.

False Alarms / False Alarm Fees

Learn more about False Alarm Prevention Tips and Fee Schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact our Records Division via email, or call at (414) 471-8430.

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