How do I dispute a false alarm fee?

If you feel that a false alarm fee has been assessed incorrectly, you can request a review of the incident. Instructions for requesting a review are included with the false alarm notice. Instructions for review and appeals may also be found at

You will need to provide the police department with a reason for the dispute along with evidence that there was an actual crime, attempted crime, or emergency (example: evidence of a burglary or attempted burglary). The police department will take a written statement for the investigation of any incident where it is determined there was an actual crime or emergency.

False alarm penalties will not be waived for accidental activations or human error.

Guidelines to dispute a fee

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1. What is considered a false alarm?
2. Why is the City charging a fee for false alarms?
3. What is the fee for a false alarm?
4. Is my first false alarm occurrence free?
5. Is there a discounted fee for seniors or the disabled?
6. How is the false alarm fee invoiced?
7. Can an alarm company pass along the fee to the customer?
8. Why doesn’t the City charge the fee directly to the customer?
9. Is a false alarm fee charged if the police response is cancelled prior to police officers being sent to the call?
10. How do I dispute a false alarm fee?
11. How can I obtain more information regarding the false alarm incident?
12. Do Everett residences or businesses need an alarm permit or license for their alarm system?
13. Do alarm companies need an alarm license?
14. How do I pay a false alarm response fee?