Nov. 27, 2019 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania property owners now have another option to post notices prohibiting trespassing on their land after Rep. Dawn Keefer’s (R-Dillsburg) House Bill 1772 was signed into law. The law allows property owners to use purple paint in lieu of traditional signs.

“This new law simply gives landowners a second option to post notices that trespassing on their property is not allowed,” Keefer said. “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.”

The law allows landowners to use special purple paint to mark their property boundaries and alert others not to trespass on the land. The paint, which is in use in other parts of the country, is specially labeled as “No Hunting” purple paint and is available in stores.

Under current law, trespassing on agricultural and other open land is prohibited if the property is posted with signs that indicate the land is private and/or trespassing is not allowed.

“However, these signs degrade over time, leaving them illegible and tattered, or are removed either by nefarious acts or adverse weather conditions,” Keefer said. “Paint is a more permanent means of posting a property.”

The law provides an update to the state’s Criminal Trespass statute to allow for the use of commercially available purple paints. The bill also specifies that the stripes must be at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, between 3 and 5 feet above the ground on trees or posts and are placed no more than 100 feet apart.

The law takes effect in 60 days.

Representative Dawn Keefer
92nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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