2011-04-21 / General Stories

Outdoor News

April 18, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Oftentimes I’m asked by landowners for the proper way to post property in order to keep unwanted guests from entering without permission. According to the Texas Penal Code (Chapter 30, section 30.05.), there are several court accepted methods. Oral or written communication, fencing or other enclosure, posted signs and purple paint.

Of all these methods, purple paint is probably the least known by most landowners. The Penal Code authorizes landowners or their designated agent to paint on posts or trees, vertical stripes that mark property boundaries.

Basically, here are the dimensions:

1. Not less than 8 inches in length or less than 1 inch in width.

2. The bottom of the stripe is not less than 3 feet from the ground or more than 5 feet from the ground.

3. Placed in locations where they can be seen by those approaching.

4. Not more than 100 feet apart on forest land or 1,000 feet apart on land other than forest land.

The good thing about purple paint is, it cannot be removed, destroyed or stolen like posted signs are. Landowners are encouraged to document all phases of marking their properties to prevent would-be trespassers from stating they didn’t know they were on someone’s land because it wasn’t posted.

I may be contacted at 979-540-0194, or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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