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Alarm Registration

New Alarm Registration System

The Alarm Registration Division is in the process of developing a new alarm registration system that will allow renewals to be processed online. Since we are in the beginning phase of our new alarm registration system you may renew online this year with some restrictions as follows:

One permit number with no changes in information and no additional decals. You must have your renewal notice invoice to pay online. Follow the instruction on the back of your Alarm Registration Renewal Invoice to renew online.

A 2.30% convenience fee will be charged on all credit/debit card transactions online. This fee is collected by a third-party processor. Metro does not receive any part of the fee. By making an online payment, you have acknowledged you understand the convenience fee will be charged as a calculated above and you have agreed to pay the fee. Your payment will then be submitted for processing.

The Alarm Registration Division thanks you for your patience while we are in the development phase of the new system. We wanted to offer those individuals who fit the current criteria the option of paying online this year. All phases of the new system should be completed by the 2018 renewal season.

Renewals may still be processed by mail or in the office.

Purpose of the Law

The alarm registration ordinance (Metropolitan Code §10.60) was enacted to reduce the number of false burglar and fire alarms reported. Registration creates a database for emergency personnel to know where alarm systems are located and who to contact in case of alarm activation. Citizens are encouraged to train other residents or employees on the use of their alarm system to prevent false alarms.

Registration Procedure

I. Registration

In person

A permit may be obtained in person at:

Department of Codes and Building Safety
Alarm Registration Division
800 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37210

Alarm Registration is located in the Metro Office Building, on the third floor.

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Closed on all Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County observed holidays.

By mail

You may also fill out and mail the alarm registration form along with your payment to:

Alarm Registration
P.O. Box 196321
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6321

II. Payment

The permit fee is $20.00 for residential systems and $50.00 for commercial systems. All permits expire April 1 each year.

Make your check or money order payable to Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. We do NOT accept debit or credit cards payments sent in by mail or for payments made in the office.

III. Decal

When the payment and registration form have been received, the Alarm Registration Office will mail you the decal.

A renewal notice will be sent the following year to the current permit holder. Your permit number will change every year when you renew your alarm registration.

IV. Decal Display

The decal must be displayed either on a front window or door so that emergency responders may easily see it.

Change of Registration Information

Changes are accepted at the time of renewal each year. Changes occurring after renewal can be made by sending the revised information and a $2.50 computer fee to the Alarm Registration Office. Changes cannot be made over the phone, by email or by fax.

You may change your alarm permit registration to another address located in Davidson County by mailing the registration form with the change to the Alarm Registration Office along with a change fee of $2.50. If you are unable to remove the decal in a usable condition, you may obtain a duplicate decal for an additional $2.50. Changes cannot be made over the phone, by email or by fax.

If you change your mailing address only, please mail, email or fax a brief note, requesting the change along with your name, permit address, permit number and a phone number where we can contact you. There is no fee for changing only the mailing address. Change of mailing address cannot be made over the phone.


If you move, you must cancel your alarm permit by sending notice to the Alarm Registration Office and you must remove the decal from your property. Removal of the decal will prevent you from acquiring permit violations when you no longer live at the registered address. You may cancel your permit by mail or by email, There is no fee for cancellations.

For further information send requests to or call 615-862-6779.