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Security Alarm Information

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The Township of Lower Merion Ordinance No. 3569 and Chapter 51 of the Township Code regulates security alarm registrations and the imposition of fines for false security alarm activations. Chapter 51 includes the following:

  • The annual security alarm fee was implemented in 2000. The fee was established to encourage alarm users to carefully monitor their alarm and to cut down on false alarm activity for the police department.

  • All registered alarm users are allowed three false security alarm activations per calendar year. 

  • After the third false security alarm activation, each additional occurrence will result in a fine of $50, which will increase incrementally by $50 (up to a $300 maximum) for each subsequent occurrence. 

  • Unregistered (unpaid) security alarm users who have a false security alarm activation will be issued a citation of $300, plus court costs, for each false security alarm activation.

  • Failure to register annually and pay the annual security alarm registration fee to the Township in the designated timeframe will result in an unregistered status. Newly installed security alarm systems must be registered before they are placed in service.

  • The current annual security alarm registration fee is $70 for residential and $110 for commercial users.

  • The annual security alarm billing is typically mailed out annually in January. A second notice is typically mailed each year in April.

  • The annual security alarm registration fee is for the calendar year and cannot be refunded or  transferred.  The registration fee may be pro-rated by quarter for new alarms/owners.

If you wish to register or if you have any questions on this topic, please contact the Finance Department at 610-645-6278.

The below online security/fire alarm form is for new alarm registrations only. We are working to give existing alarm users the ability to pay their annual alarm registration fee online. To check if you have an existing alarm account, please contact the Finance Department at  610-645-6278 or email

NOTE: Security/Fire alarm registration fees are for the calendar year and all registrations expire on December 31st of each year. 

Please note there is a separate fee paid to the Township’s third-party processing firm of 2.45% of the total transaction with a $2.45 minimum charge. Credit cards accepted include Discover, Visa and MasterCard.

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