UW Police

Alarms and Permits

Building Use Permits

If you will be working in a campus building after hours, you should carry a Building Use Permit (BUP), form UW-P-31, issued and signed by the appropriate dean, department head or designee; faculty and staff should carry their staff card, which is considered the equivalent of a BUP. Note: Faculty and staff located in sensitive research areas may be required to carry both a faculty/staff card and a BUP.  BUPs may be issued to students, temporary faculty and temporary or part-time staff for specific hours and days during a period not to exceed one year. Permits may be renewed on an annual basis.

Obtaining Building Use Permits

To obtain Building Use Permits for your department to issue, campus units other than Health Sciences must complete the Building Use Permit Agreement Letter. You may fax the completed form to the Community Outreach Unit at 206.685.8042 or mail to Campus Box 355200.

To request Building Use Permits, email the UW Police. Health Sciences units should send a memo to the HS Academic Services and Facilities Office, Box 357175. The BUP request memo must be signed by one of the individuals authorized to issue permits. The Building Use Permit Agreement Letter must be current to receive permits.

Campus Alarms

Departments with alarms must register their alarm with the University of Washington Police Department by completing an Alarm Registration Form. This registration will provide the necessary information to allow a timely coordination and response by UWPD dispatch and officers to all calls.

Departments with an alarm (temperature, intrusion or duress) are responsible for ordering, maintaining, upgrading and cancelling their own service.

The Problem of False Alarms

In the United States in 2002, police responded to approximately 36 million alarm activations at an estimated annual cost of $1.8 billion. Most of these activations were burglar alarms. The vast majority of alarm calls—typically 94 to 98 percent—are false.

Costs of False Alarms

Each false alarm response requires approximately 20 minutes of police time, with usually two officers. This response of valuable police resources takes away from policing efforts elsewhere on the campus. As a result, the UWPD charges a fee for all false hold-up, intrusion and panic alarms.

The UWPD charges $100 per false alarm to the offending subscriber department.

Call the UWPD Alarms Coordinator at 206.543.0507 to discuss your concerns.