Can You Legally Go On Unposted Land In New York?
One of the biggest frustrations of land owners in New York is dealing with trespassers. People who feel like they can walk on or use whatever property they want to in any way that they wish.
Trespassing is illegal even on unposted property. Instead of posting, a landowner or other authorized person may issue written notice to another individual informing them that they are prohibited from entering the property.
But what are the laws pertaining to posting your land in New York State? What are you allowed to post and how far apart should the signs be? There are specific laws guiding landowners.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, even the sign itself has a certain spec.
Signs must be a minimum of 11 inches by 11 inches. They also must bear the name and address of the owner, lawful occupant or other person or organization authorized to post the area.
The New York State DEC also calls for a certain spacing between posted sings.
Signs shall be no more than 660 feet apart, set close to or along the boundaries of the protected area.
Turkey hunting season will begin on May 1st here in New York State and for those who are headed to the woods, it may be time to brush up on property borders. There are so many great Apps available that can show you the lines and borders so you can stay within an area you have permission. I prefer The LandGlide App. It not only has great detail in terms of topography and property borders, it also has great landowner information and tax histories available.
Report Poachers and Polluters - 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267)