Placer County Sheriff’s Office
“No Trespass” Letter of Consent
If you are encountering trespassing issues on your property, the Sheriff’s Office offers a “No Trespass - 602” program that allows deputies to respond to your property and address trespass complaints without you needing to be present every time.
By filling out the request form and complying with posting requirements, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is able to act, in absence of the owner, for purposes of enforcing laws against any person found on the private property without the owner's consent or lawful purpose. This is an extremely useful tool and is strongly recommended for vacant properties, vacant lots, businesses or any properties upon which public nuisance activity and/or crime problems, including transient activity, drug activity, graffiti, or general trespass, are occurring.
The attached form must be renewed every SIX months in order to be effective per Penal Code section 602. It is recommended that owners fill out multiple forms with dates occurring in 6 month increments. You may submit 2 forms at a time, one with the current date, the other for 6-months out. It is the property owners responsibility to keep a current form on file with the Sheriff’s Office. Completed forms must be sent to the Placer County Dispatch Center for filing. Forms can be faxed, mailed, or hand delivered to the front counter at the Auburn Justice Center per instructions.
(No Trespassing - Letter of Consent)
Commonly Asked Questions:
What is the law regarding trespass?
Generally, a person commits the offense of trespass if the person enters or remains unlawfully in or upon premises when such premises is not open to the public; or the person fails to leave premises that are open to the public after being lawfully directed to do so by the person in charge.
What is a “Trespass Letter of Consent”?
Law enforcement officers do not normally have the authority to go onto private property, which is not open to the public, and remove individuals or request them to leave without the consent or authority of the property owner. If an officer observes someone on private property when the business is closed, or a problem is reported by someone who does not have the authority to sign a trespass complaint, the officer must contact the person who is legally responsible for the property.
A Trespass Letter of Consent with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office gives deputies permission to act on behalf of the property owner or manager in trespass situations. In addition, deputies who observe trespassers on private property can address the problem immediately, rather than having to wait, contact a property owner or manager, if one can be located, or take no action at all.
(Note: If a property owner/agent is present before officers arrive, and the person trespassing is still on the premises, they will need to place the trespassing party under Citizen’s Arrest)
What happens if you arrest someone based on my signed letter?
In most cases, deputies are able to resolve trespass complaints without arresting the involved subject. However, there are situations where the officer has no choice, but to cite or arrest an offender. In those instances, you will be expected to be available for any resulting court action.
What else do I need to do?
In addition to filing the trespass letter, your property must be posted with “No Trespassing” signs.Please see the handout on sign requirements and placement.
No Trespassing Sign Requirements click here