Durham Updates Planned Alarm Ordinance

City council reverses position and cancels permit fee; fine structure remains


SecurityInfoWatch.com reported previously that Durham, N.C., had approved an updated alarm ordinance that would include a permit system and fines for false alarms.

Now, after public complaint from meetings this month, the city has decided to retain the permitting system but drop the $25 permit fee.

According to a report in The Herald-Sun newspaper, the city will be putting a full-time employee on duty to administrate the permits.

Otherwise, the new regulations will go into effect as planned on Jan. 1, 2006. The new ordinance allows the first two false alarms to be responded to and will not be assessed fines. The third false alarm will, however, be assessed a fine of $300 and subsequent false alarms will see an increase of that fee.