Purple paint is another way to say “No Trespassing”

In addition to the traditional ways of posting land, West Virginia landowners have another option – the use of purple paint – to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering their property.

According to a law passed in 2016 by the West Virginia legislature [§61-3B-1 (B)], boundaries can be marked with a clearly visible purple-painted marking, consisting of one vertical line no less than 8 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and the bottom of the mark not less than 3 nor more than 6 feet from the ground or normal water surface.

The painted marks must be affixed to immovable, permanent objects that are no more than 100 feet apart and readily visible to any person approaching the property.

Even if landowners post their land with purple paint, they must post written signs at all roads, driveways or gates of entry onto the posted land which are clearly noticeable from outside the boundary line.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that they must carry written permission from landowners before entering private property.