Alarm Permits

All homes and businesses that have an alarm system installed are required to have a permit from the city, even if the system is not monitored.

Annual Fees 

  • Residences:  $35
  • Commercial: $65
  • Apartments: $35

Senior Citizen Benefits


Alarm fees are waived for persons 65 years of age and older. Seniors must provide proof of age when registering for the alarm permit.

Senior Citizens are subject to fines and fees resulting from false alarms.

How do I get a permit?



Instructions for Alarm Permit Forms:

You have the choices listed below on how to apply and pay for your Alarm Permit:
1. Fill out and save the appropriate form off the website, print it out, and mail it in with a check or money order to:
City of DeSoto
Attn: Alarm Permits
211 E Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto, TX 75115
2. You can fill out and print the form and bring it down to the City of DeSoto Utility Billing window and pay for it by check, cash, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
3. You can fax the Alarm Permit Application to 972-230-5823 and the Alarm Permit Administrator will take your payment by phone with one of the above credit cards. Before selecting this option, contact the Alarm Permit Administrator by phone at 972-230-9628 so that they can coordinate your fax with your payment over the phone.

The forms can be found in the links to the left.

Expired Permits


Expired Permits will be assessed a late fee if not paid on or before the expiration date. Operating an alarm system with an expired permit is the same as not having a valid permit and is subject to a citation for each false alarm until permit is renewed.