Earlier this year the Alabama legislature approved Senate Bill 416 adopting a "purple paint" law for landowners. The purpose of this new law is to amend the definition of "trespassing" found in the Code of Alabama, Title 13A,Chapter 7, Section 1.
Most of us are familiar with the "POSTED: No Trespassing" signs that appear throughout the countryside.
Under the former Alabama trespass law, an intruder upon rural, unfenced property was not necessarily a trespasser unless "notice against trespass is personally communicated to him by the owner of such land or other authorized person, or unless such notice is given by posting in a conspicuous manner." The "posting in a conspicuous manner" led to the proliferation of all of the aforementioned signs.
But now, landowners have another option: purple paint.
The definition of "posting in a conspicuous manner" now includes painting vertical stripes of purple paint upon trees or posts along the property line. The full definition of the new posting rule is pasted here:
"POSTING IN A CONSPICUOUS MANNER.
A sign or signs posted on the property, reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, indicating that entry is forbidden or the placement of identifying purple paint marks on trees or posts on the property, provided that the marks satisfy all of the following:
1. Are vertical lines of not less than eight inches in length and not less than one inch in width.
2. Are placed so that the bottom of the mark is not less than three feet from the ground or more than five feet from the ground.
3. Are placed at locations that are readily visible to any person approaching the property and are no more than 100 feet apart on forest land or 1,000 feet apart on land other than forest land."
Many states have already adopted the purple paint rule as an option for landowners, and Alabama is now one of them. The advantage of purple paint is that it should last a long while, and it can't be pulled down like a traditional no trespassing sign.