Like the old saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas” but this time it is more like bigger and bolder in color…
Basically, If You See A Purple Fence in Texas, Don’t Cross It. Here’s Why…
Texas has a Purple Paint Law in affect which allows residents to paint their fences purple more than for just asthetic appeal.
The “purple paint law” became official in Texas on September 1, 1997 and is a legal way to tell people to stay out. It’s basically a no trespassing sign but in a fence and it’s symbol is purple.
“While most everyone knows what a keep out sign is, purple marks are legally recognized alternatives or enhancements to such signs because of the signs’ vulnerability to time, severe weather, cattle scratching their itches, or vandals.”
In addition to Texas, these purple fences are also recognized in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas.
The paint provision is part of Texas Penal Code §30.05, which says it’s illegal for anyone to enter property that is fenced, posted with at least one sign, or marked with purple paint on trees or posts. Trespass can be a Class B or C misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by up to a $2,000 fine or up to 180 days in jail.
Plus, “if a hunter trespasses with a deadly weapon—which could be a rifle or shotgun—the offense can be a Class A misdemeanor. Consequently, the fine could be as much as $4,000 or an entire year in jail.”
So, bottom line is, if you ever see a purple painted fence, post or gate, don’t cross it or risk because fined, jailed or even worse case scenario, shot by an armed owner who see’s you trespassing.