Permit required for alarm system users in Washoe County

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    Washoe County has teamed up with CryWolf to reduce the number of false alarm calls in Washoe County.

    In order to do so, alarm system users, including homes and businesses with an alarm system, are required to obtain a permit from Washoe County to operate an alarm system.

    According to Washoe County, if a false alarm is trigged at a location without a permit, the alarm system user could be fined up to $300 for the law enforcement visit.

    “Most residents are surprised when their alarm is triggered and receive a bill for not having a permit. We want to save our taxpayers this unnecessary system expense,” says Nancy Leuenhagen, Communications Director. “Permits are required to document and reduce false alarms in Washoe County.”

    The permit fee is $24 per year and may be obtained by contacting CryWolf at (855) 664-4324 or email

    Alarm system users that are 65+ years or older with alarms systems are eligible for a senior discount permit fee of $12 per year through CryWolf.

    For all other Washoe County inquiries regarding an alarm system or to see if an alarm system is permitted, residents can call Washoe311, by dialing 3-1-1 from any phone or emailing

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