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False Alarm Reduction Unit


False Alarm Database
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Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5pm



The False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office was created to administer the alarm ordinances for Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The main function of FARU is to reduce the number of false alarms to which law enforcement and fire-rescue respond each year.


FARU licenses alarm companies, registers alarm users, sends notification of false alarms, bills for false alarm occurrences, ensures that appropriate inspections and upgrades of alarm systems occur, and handles informal appeals regarding ordinance-based user fees.



An alarm is considered false if there is NO evidence of criminal or attempted criminal activity.


False Alarm Ordinances

City of Gainesville

Alachua County

Permit Applications - Yearly Registration




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