How to Have a Trespass Warning Lifted

By Abdul Farukhi - Updated June 05, 2017
Danger/No Tresspassing Sign at a Construction Site

A trespass warning is a legally enforceable document that prohibits you from entering a property. Violating a trespass warning may result in your arrest, and you may be charged with criminal trespass. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor in most jurisdictions and may be punishable by a fine and jail. To lift a trespass warning, you will need cooperation from the local police department and the property owner who issued the trespass warning.

Contact the property owner or lease holder. If it is a business or government agency, contact the manager or security department. If it is a home, contact the person who lives there. Do not enter the property to make contact.

Make a written request for the trespass warning to be lifted. Explain the circumstances that led to the trespass. Explain why you should be allowed back on to the property.

Create a document that states you have permission to be on the property and states the old trespass warning is revoked. Put your full name, physical description and date of birth on the document. Include the name of the property owner and address of the property.

Deliver two copies of the document to the property owner by personal service. Give one copy to the property owner to keep. Request the property owner and delivery person sign the second copy and keep that copy for your records.

File your written permission with the police agencies that have jurisdiction for the property. Some police agencies, such as the Collin College Police Department, have forms you must fill out.

Tip

If you are denied permission by the current property owner, then wait a few years and try with a new owner. Trespass warnings are meant to keep a person off land, so a new owner can revoke the old owner's trespass warning.

Warning

Do not enter property that you have been trespassed from. Trespass warnings apply to public property as well.

About the Author

Abdul Farukhi has been writing and reporting since 2001. His work has been featured in "The Daily Texan" newspaper and various online media outlets. Farukhi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in government and economics and is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas.

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