Calgary police and the city are taking steps to reduce the number of false alarms that officers are called to each year.
As of Jan. 1, residents and business owners will have to buy a permit from the city in order for police to respond to alarm calls.
The permits will cost $15 a year for residents and $20 for businesses.
The city is also looking at bringing in an escalating scale for false alarm penalties, in the hope that it will increase accountability among permit holders.
Council will have to approve the penalty structure and will be looking at the recommendation on Dec. 19.
Permits can be applied for online.