At the September 24, 2019 Board Meeting, per A.R.S. § 32-122.05(C), A.R.S. § 32-122.06(B) and A.R.S. § 32-124, Board Members voted to require alarm controlling persons and alarm agent applicants to pay the entire fee of $260 at the time of application, making the license valid for 3 years from the date of granting/issuance. They also voted to require home inspectors to pay the entire fee of $175 at the time of application, making the license valid for 1 year from the date of granting/issuance.
Prior to 9/24/2019, the Board bifurcated the application payments it received from the alarm industry and home inspectors in the same way it did for the other registrants it regulated. The Board charged an application fee, and after processing and granting the application, it sent a letter to the new registrant giving him or her 30 days to send in a fee to ‘activate’ the license for 3 years (alarm industry) - 1 year (home inspectors). The Board viewed this policy as a positive. If the Board denied an application or an applicant did not meet the Board’s qualification for registration, the applicant would not owe the ‘activation’ fee. However, the policy led to confusion for applicants, and Staff asked the Board for a change. With the above change, applicants now owe a single upfront fee, which the Board hopes will simplify the application process and cause less confusion.