There are many states that have adopted the Purple Paint Law. But what is the Purple Paint Law? And should Minnesota adopt it too?

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What is the Purple Paint Law?

If you see purple paint on a tree or a fence post in any of the states that have this law, you better turn around. The purple paint serves the same purpose as a "No Trespassing" sign. It's marking the edge of someone's property.

Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas are the states that have adopted the Purple Paint Law or a variation of it. Farm and Dairy says that Florida, Idaho, and Montana use "orange or other fluorescent paint" to mark their property.

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Thinkstock / Canva

If you live in a state where the Purple Paint Law is in effect and you want to mark your property with purple paint, here's how you do it according to Farm and Dairy:

  • Each paint mark must be vertical line at least 8 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  • The mark must be between 3 and 5 feet from the ground.
  • Marks must be “readily visible to a person approaching the property” no more than 100 feet apart.

Should Minnesota Adopt the Purple Paint Law?

So what are your thoughts? Should Minnesota adopt the Purple Paint Law too?

I think it would be a good idea. The reason Arkansas adopted the law back in 1989 was because paint lasts longer than signs. Signs can fall down, damage trees, or they could be torn down.

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TSM South Jersey

The biggest issue with this law, however, is making sure people are educated about it. You'd hate to be someone who is caught accidentally trespassing because you didn't know that's what the purple paint signified.

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