What do I need to know regarding a residential alarm system?
Like most communities, the Village of Vernon Hills has ordinances that cover alarm systems and false alarms.
While Vernon Hills does require a village building permit for the installation of an alarm system, there are no additional village fees.
Here are some things to remember. First, with only a couple of exceptions, the village does not allow any automatic dialing devices. Second, the alarm shall not make a sound similar to that of sirens on emergency vehicles or of civil defense warning systems. Third, there must be an alternate power source for the alarm system to prevent false alarms due to a power failure. Lastly, alarm users are allowed only three (3) false alarms in any calendar year. After three false alarms in a calendar year, there is a fine of $50.00 for each false alarm.
The information provided above is only a brief outline of the alarm ordinance (Ordinance #17, Article IV) and there is more information contained in the ordinance that you should be aware of. For more complete information, you should contact the police department Records Section at 247-4896 or via email.
The entire alarm ordinance can also be viewed for greater detail. To do so, just click here. The Village Ordinance to reference is in "Chapter 17 Police, Article IV, Division 2."