What do Purple Markings on Fenceposts in Texas mean?

The purple paint and markings you see on Texas fenceposts and trees indicates No Trespassing.

The law was created to allow Texas landowners an alternative to posting No Trespassing and Posted signs that would retain the same legal bite, but without the cost of signs or frequently replacing them.

Section 30.05 of the Texas Penal Code, dealing with criminal trespass, says that: (paraphrased) ‘A person commits an offense if he…enters property of another without consent…and that he had notice that the entry was forbidden.

One of the code’s definition of notice is the placement of identifying purple paint marks on trees or posts on the property and that those marks are: vertical lines at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, placed between 3 feet and 5 feet from the ground, and that their placement is in locations that are easily visible to a person approaching the property and that they be no more than 100 feet apart on wooded land.

Placing purple markings around your property – as per the Texas code above – to give notice and mark boundaries does have the same legal weight as a Posted sign, unfortunately few people know what the markings mean.

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