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Pennsylvania Passes Purple Paint Property Law

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Pennsylvania recently became the 13th state to pass Purple Paint Property laws.

Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation that unanimously passed both the state House and Senate.

The law means property owners can paint fence posts or trees that mark their property lines with purple paint.

Pennsylvania Purple Paint Property Law

According to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report, Pennsylvania is likely the 13th state in the U.S. to pass this law. Arkansas was first in 1989.

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Here are the US states with Purple Paint Property Laws:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Texas

The Purple Paint Property law in Pennsylvania is designed to prevent trespassing on private property. And the idea behind purple paint is to alleviate any potential confusion caused by missing, stolen, or destroyed “No Tresspassing” signs.


Purple Paint Law Rules

pennsylvania purple paint property law

Schuylkill County qualifies as a place where the Purple Paint Law is enforced. So, if you get frustrated constantly marking trees and posts with No Trespassing signs, check out these rules on how it works:

What to mark: Purple paint can be applied to trees or fence posts on the outer boundary of private property

Minimum size requirements: Paint markings must be at least 8″ vertically and 1″ in width

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Where to mark: The bottom of the paint marking must be not less than 3 feet from the ground and no more than 5 feet from the ground. Purple paint must be visible to anyone approaching private property. Markings should be no more than 100 feet apart.

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