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
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
- Maintaining a record demonstrating compliance with
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