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Washington County (Ore.) to Require Alarm Permit Number at Time of Dispatch

Posted By Bob Ogle, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ESA wants its members to be aware of enforcement changes for alarm ordinance requirements in some portions of Washington County in Oregon, including the cities of Hillsboro and Gaston, as well as unincorporated parts of the county. Any members doing business in those areas, regardless of their physical location, could be affected by the new enforcement policy.

The ordinance only applies to those areas which contract with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for alarm permit administration services. Other municipalities within Washington County, including the Portland suburbs of Beaverton and Tigard, are not affected by the ordinance.

Tim Leader, alarm program manager for Washington County, said the ordinance involves approximately 13,000 permits for residences and businesses, and applies only to burglar and security alarm events. Fire alarms will not be affected.

Beginning Oct. 1, the Sheriff’s office will begin to enforce alarm company compliance for providing an alarm permit number when requesting police dispatch to an alarm event. Other parts of the ordinance include:

  • Notifying the alarm user of the requirement to get a permit from the Sheriff’s office.
  • Providing every user with a copy of the application to obtain a permit.
  • Providing every user with a schedule of fees and fines.
  • Maintaining a record demonstrating compliance with these requirements.

Failure to comply with these requirements – in particular to provide an alarm permit number when requesting police dispatch to an alarm event –will be subject to citation of up to $500 per occurrence. The Sheriff’s office will begin enforcing the requirement on Oct. 1, but will issue warnings until Nov. 1. After that date, any violations will be subject to a $500 fine.

While it will be easy to identify customers with premises located inside the cities of Gaston or Hillsboro, identifying those located in unincorporated Washington County may be a bit more cumbersome. More information can be obtained by contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s Alarm Unit at (503) 846-2519.

Tags:  Alarm Systems  fines  regulations 

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