Please look here first if you have a question about the Fire Alarm Permit Letter that you received.
Why did I receive this notice?
Each fire alarm in operation in the City of Houston is mandated by city ordinance to have a permit. It is unlawful for any person to operate, cause to be operated, or allow the operation of an alarm system unless a valid permit issued in accordance with this division is in effect for that system.
If your alarm system can summon the Houston Fire Department automatically, through your alarm system company or through the “fire” panic button, you are required to have a fire alarm permit.
I do not know if my alarm system can summon the Houston Fire Department automatically.
Please contact your alarm service provider with questions about your alarm system’s active capabilities.
How can I pay?
To pay by mail, please complete the information on your invoice and return it to:
City of Houston
P. O. Box 3625
Houston, TX 77253
Make all checks payable to the City of Houston
**We do NOT accept credit card payments through the mail.
If you wish to pay in person, you can pay by check, money order or credit card (MC/V/D/AE) at the Houston Permitting Center at 1002 Washington Avenue 2nd floor, Houston, TX 77002. Please bring your completed application and unsworn declaration with you.
Is this something that I HAVE to pay?
Yes. If your business resides within the limits of the City of Houston, and your alarm system can summon the Houston Fire Department, you must purchase a permit.
Which City of Houston Ordinance requires me to get a permit?
Chapter 11 Sec. 11-12(a) indicates that: It is unlawful for any person to operate…an alarm system unless a valid permit issued…is in effect for that system.
What is my fee?
When is my fee due?
Applications must be returned with payment within 30 days of the mailing date on this letter.
My alarm system cannot summon the Houston Fire Department automatically, through my alarm system company or through the "fire" panic button.
Please notify us by checking the box on the original letter and mail, fax, or email it back to the Houston Fire Department’s Permitting Office. Please be aware that any claim of exemption will be subject to verification by inspection.
I have already paid my Fire Alarm Permit Fee.
Please notify us by calling: 832.394.8811. Please have proof of your payment on-hand for reference.
If you have any other questions about this notice, please call the Houston Fire Department’s hotline 832-394-8811 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information is also available online at
Additional Contact Information:
Houston Fire Department
P.O. Box 3625
Houston, TX 77253