Emergency Communications

(919) 496-2511
287 T Kemp Rd.
Louisburg, NC 27549

Emergency Communications

HISTORY

On August 3rd, 2015, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners adopted a False Alarm Ordinance. This action became necessary due to the excessive number of false alarms reported to the 911 center. In fact, 98 percent of all alarm calls are found to be false, costing thousands of dollars of Public Safety services each year.

WHAT IS A FALSE ALARM?

A false alarm is an event that triggers an alarm system when no actual emergency is present.

False alarms include, but are not limited to:

  • Error or mistake- Any action by any person, which results in the activation of any alarm system when no emergency exists.
  • Malfunction - Any activation of any alarm system caused by a flaw in the normal operation, design, installation, or maintenance of the system, by faulty equipment, or by a change in the environment or premises upon, or within which, the alarm system is operating.
  • Intentional misuse – Any activation of an alarm system when one knows there is no emergency present.
  • Failure to respond - If a key holder does not respond within thirty (30) minutes of the alarm.

 An alarm will not be considered false if it is determined that the alarm was caused by:

  • A natural or man-made catastrophe, or other “Act of God” such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, or other similarly violent conditions.  
  • Vandalism causing physical damage to property.
  • Attempted entry of a location causing visible, physical or other evidence of damage to the location which has caused the alarm to sound.
  • Severe weather or failure of electrical power not caused by subscriber.
  • The test of a local alarm system by an authorized alarm agent or alarm company employee who is present at the premise inspecting, servicing, repairing, or installing the alarm.

A permit is required to operate an alarm system in Franklin County and no person shall use an alarm system without a permit. Each permit is assigned a unique permit number. To obtain an alarm permit, you need to submit an application to the Franklin County Alarm Administrator.

If you choose you can print an application and return by mail. Applications can also be submitted online under the tab “Alarm Registration/Renewal”. There is not a fee for registering an alarm system.

Alarm permits must be renewed annually. All permits expire one year from the date of issuance. You will receive a notice, mailed to the address on file at least thirty days before your permit is set to expire. There is no cost to renew your permit.

 False Alarm Fines: 

Business

Residential

up to 2

None

up to 2

None

3 to 4

$100

3 to 4

$50

5 to 6

$200

5 to 6

$100

7 or more

$500

7 or more

$250

 To view the ordinance in its entirety, click here.