ASK THE BUSINESS LICENSE GURU

By David Yount

Question:

“Do I need a fire alarm permit or burglar alarm permit for my business?”

Answer:

Many local jurisdictions require business owners to apply for and secure a fire alarm permit if they will be operating in a commercial location. The fire alarm permit allows local inspectors to ensure that the fire prevention system is appropriately installed and in working order. Usually these permits are obtained from the local building or planning department.

There may also be a requirement to register your business' burglar alarm, depending on the jurisdiction in which you are located. Alarms that are wired to notify the local police are good examples of regulated alarm systems. Jurisdictions might require registration of company burglar alarms as part of a false alarm prevention program. Registrations might be handled through the municipality itself, or through a third party alarm monitoring company.