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North Carolina Trespass Law


§ 14-159.13.  Second degree trespass.

(a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of second degree trespass if, without authorization, he enters or remains on premises of another:

(1) After he has been notified not to enter or remain there by the owner, by a person in charge of the premises, by a lawful occupant, or by another authorized person; or

(2) That are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, with notice not to enter the premises.

(b) Classification. – Second degree trespass is a Class 3 misdemeanor. (1987, c. 700, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 102; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)


Proper Posting

North Carolina’s landowners can protect themselves by following the regulations concerning other people’s use of their property. Protection from trespassers is best accomplished through proper posting by these rules:

 1. Proper Posting: Signs must be at least 120 square inches (10" x 12") and posted no more than 200 yards apart.

2. Post at least one sign on each side and at each corner of the property if the corner can be easily located. (To prohibit fishing, post signs not more than 200-300 yards apart along the banks and shoreline.)

3. Post signs out of reach to reduce the risk of vandalism; replace as they become worn, damaged, or stolen.

4. Erect visible gates across any private entrance to prevent unauthorized entry. Cable gates are inadvisable because, even if visible when erected, they tend to become difficult to see. This may result in liability to those injured by the cable.


WNCGIS – Property Management Services

·         Property boundary maintenance and posting.

·         Property entrance management – gate design, installation and maintenance.

·         Property patrol and safety/security inspection.

·         Building and facility security checks.

Contact for more information:

Bill Leatherwood

(828) 674-2324