What happens if I operate an alarm system without a valid permit?

Under City of McKinney Ordinance 2018-03-024 Sec. 10-21, “A person commits an offense if he operates, or causes to be operated an alarm system without a valid permit issued by the Chief.  An alarm permit is not valid if it has been denied or revoked, has not been renewed, or has expired." 


Section 10-41 – Violations; penalty.  “A person who violates a provision of this article is guilty of a separate offense for each day or portion of a day during which the violation is committed, continued or permitted, and each offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 as follows:

  • A minimum fine of $200 for the first conviction
  • A minimum fine of $250 for the second through fifth conviction
  • A minimum fine of $400 for each conviction after the fifth conviction."

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1. Why do I need an alarm permit?
2. What happens if I operate an alarm system without a valid permit?
3. What is a monitored alarm system?
4. How much will I be charged for a false alarm?
5. How can I appeal a false alarm fee?
6. What is a keyholder and who should be listed?
7. What should I put in the “Other Information” category and why?
8. Are alarm permits transferrable?
9. How do I update my contact information?
10. How do I cancel my alarm permit?