No Trespassing: Homeowner Rights
If you are out hiking or hunting and see purple stripes on trees or posts, turn around.
Beginning Jan. 27, 2020, those stripes mean the same thing as the orange and black “No Trespassing” signs people use to mark their property.
In November 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1772 into law that made the use of purple stripes an option for people who don’t want to use traditional signs. The bill was introduced by York County Representative Dawn Keefer.
“This new law simply gives landowners a second option to post notices that trespassing on their property is not allowed,” Keefer said in a release on Wednesday. “This purple paint makes it easier to define property lines and provides a more visible notice that private property is not to be trespassed on.”
That doesn’t mean landowners can go to their favorite paint store and pick out the shade of purple that appeals most to them. There are rules.
The paint is specially labeled as “No Hunting” purple paint and is available in stores, Keefer’s release said. The stripes must be at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide and places on trees or posts no more than 100 feet apart.
The color won’t be confused with markings used to mark underground utilities and surveying, according to psrb.com’s article explaining Indiana’s “purple paint statute.”
Keefer said the paint is a more permanent option than traditional signs.
“These signs degrade over time, leaving them illegible and tattered, or are removed either by nefarious acts or adverse weather conditions,” she said. “Paint is a more permanent means of posting a property.”
Pennsylvania joins Texas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, Idaho, Arkansas, Montana, Arizona and Kansas as the states using purple paint as a No Trespassing option. Arkansas passed the first paint law in the late 1980s.
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