The Montgomery County Alarm Ordinance was enacted by Commissioners in 1998 at the request of the Sheriff's Office after responding to 24,000 false alarms the prior year. The creation of the ordinance was established with the concept of freeing officers to respond to legitimate calls where needed. As the county continues to grow rapidly the need for such an ordinance grows with it. Since implementation the number of false alarms has been substantially reduced. Each home owner and or business owner with an alarm system residing in the unincorporated areas of Montgomery County is required to obtain a permit.
If you operate an Alarm System, you will be required to fill out an application and submit it for permitting.
This will assist the Sheriff's Office in responding to your alarm.
YOUR PERMIT MUST BE RENEWED EACH CALENDAR YEAR! (January to December)
The Renewal fee is $20.00 upon invoice receipt.
AN APPLICATION IS REQUIRED if you have an alarm system. An alarm system on premises occupied by the United States Government, the State of Texas, the County of Montgomery, or a publicly funded school shall require a permit, but no fee is required.
CHANGE OF INFORMATION IN PERMIT APPLICATION: The permit holder has an affirmative duty to amend any information contained or attached to the permit application that has changed or is out of date and filed with the Alarm Detail within 5 days after the information changed or was out of date.
OPERATING AN ALARM SYSTEM WITHOUT A PERMIT: ANY PERSON OR ENTITY OPERATING AN ALARM SYSTEM WITHOUT A PERMIT IS SUBJECT TO A FEE OF $75.00 FOR EACH FALSE ALARM. In addition to the fee, a citation may be issued and a fine imposed by the Justice of the Peace Court for operating an alarm system without a permit.
CHARGES: Locations with a valid permit are allowed five (5) false alarms each year without charge. EACH FALSE ALARM AFTER THE FIVE (5) FREE FALSE ALARMS ARE CHARGABLE AND WILL BE ASSESSED AT $75.00 FOR EACH RESPONSE BY A COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL. Failure to comply with permit terms will result in revocation of permit and additional reinstatement fee of $50.00.
A FALSE ALARM IS DEFINED AS: An alarm signal received by a law enforcement official that is later determined not to involve a fire, emergency, criminal offense, or attempted offense.
Ways to Prevent False Alarms
- Make sure everyone in your home or business knows how to manually cancel if the alarm is accidentally set off.
- Before you turn on alarm, make sure all doors and windows are closed.
- Test your alarm system at least once a month to make sure it is working correctly.
- Before testing, don't forget to notify your alarm monitoring company.
- Keep pets out of rooms with motion sensors.
Incomplete/Illegible applications will be returned.
Applications received without Permit Fee will be returned.
All payments should be made payable to and mailed to:
Montgomery County Alarm Detail
P.O. Box 2178
Conroe, TX 77305
Application Fee: $20.00
Renewal Fee: $20.00
Reinstatement Fee: $50.00
Click here for an application
Alarm Detail Coordinators: Eduardo Nava
Phone: (936) 760-5830
Fax: (936) 760-6968