False Alarm Reduction Ordinance

The objective of the City of Topeka False Alarm Ordinance is to reduce the number of false alarms so emergency personnel are free to respond to real emergencies. Systems reporting excessive false alarms will be assess a fee. The False Alarm Response fee is based on the number of times the Topeka Fire Department responses to an automatic alarm, when no emergency exists.

Alarm systems that report over 10 false alarms within a calendar year will be designated a nuisance system. Nuisance systems will require additional maintenance and testing to ensure to the system is operating correctly, or if design modifications are necessary.

View the False Fire Alarm Ordinance, Topeka Municipal Code 8.55.

Fire Alarm Permitting

As part of the desire to reduce the number of false alarms in the City of Topeka, all monitored commercial fire alarms are required to obtain an operational permit before the monitored system can be used. This permitting will insure that all monitored fire alarm systems are being maintained in proper working order.

Once issued, the permit will require annual renewal. To obtain the initial or renewal permit, an application must be received and approved by the Fire Prevention Division of the Topeka Fire Department. A copy of the current testing and maintenance records of the alarm system and all fire protection systems that are monitored by the alarms system are required to be submitted with the completed application.

Monitored Fire Alarm Permit Application

Newly installed systems are granted a 60 day grace period to allow for unexpected problems and make any corrections necessary.

False Alarm Violation Fee Matrix

All fees are per occurrence.

  • 0-3: No charge
  • 4-10: $50
  • 11-20: $100
  • 21-30: $150
  • 31-50: $200
  • 51 or more: $500